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MS Basketball Report by ALAN BRAKE
December 29, 2013Montgomery County High School
8TH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS 4 GAMES
IN LAST WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball team had a very busy schedule right before the Christmas Break, as they played 4 games in 5 nights. They were able to get through this tough schedule quite well, as they won all 4 games.
On Monday, December 16, they traveled to Hermann and won 42-18. On Tuesday, December 17, they hosted South Callaway and won 52-34. On Thursday, December 19, they traveled to Auxvasse and defeated North Callaway 56-35 (game was much closer than the score indicates). Then on Friday, December 20, they hosted Wellsville-Middletown and won 53-36.
With these 4 wins (again, in just 5 nights), the 8th Graders finished the 2013 part of their schedule with an 8-game winning streak. Their only loss was a 4-point loss to Mexico (who has not lost a game last year or this year) in the first game of the season. The young Wildcats’ record is now 9 wins and 1 loss.
The 8th Graders got control of this game early and never looked back, as they outscored Hermann 18-6 in the first quarter. They then outscored Hermann 8-4 in the second quarter to lead 26-10 at halftime.
The Wildcats asserted themselves a bit more in the third quarter, outscoring Hermann 12-5 to lead 38-15 at the end of the quarter. With the substitute players for both teams playing most of the fourth quarter, there was not as much scoring. The Wildcats outscored Hermann 4-3 in the quarter to win the game 42-18.
Aubrey Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 16 points (4 field goals/FGs, 2 3-pointers, and 2 of 4 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Tim Hall with 11 points (4 FGs/3 of 5 FTs); Skyler Hutcheson with 7 points (2 FGs/1 3-pointer); Chris Harrison and Corey Kroll with 3 points each (Harrison 1 FG/1 of 2 FTs, and Kroll 1 3-pointer); and Cole Curry with 2 points (1 FG). Ethan Beaver, Adam Jordan, Mercury Murray, John Shaw, and Tucker Walls also played in this game but did not score.
SOUTH CALLAWAY GAME
For the second night/game in a row, the 8th Graders took control of the game early and just kept right on going. They outscored South Callaway 16-5 in the first quarter, then outscored SC 14-11 in the second quarter to lead 30-16 at halftime.
The third quarter was another 14-11 quarter for the Wildcats, to give them a 44-27 lead at the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter was a little closer in scoring, but the Wildcats outscored SC 8-7 in the quarter to win the game 52-34.
Kroll and Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring in this game with 15 points (Kroll 7 FGs/1 of 2 FTs, and Nelson 5 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 of 2 FTs). They were followed in the scoring by Hutcheson with 9 points (2 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 of 4 FTs); Hall with 8 points (2 FGs/1 3-pointer/1 of 2 FTs); Curry and Harrison with 2 points each (1 FG each); and Walls with 1 point (1 of 2 FTs). Jordan, Murray, Shaw and Walls also played in this game but did not score.
NORTH CALLAWAY GAME
Thursday’s game against North Callaway was a more intense, and much closer game than the previous 2 games. These teams played each other twice as 7th Graders, and each team won one game. Both teams wanted to prove to the other team that they should have won both games last year.
The teams exchanged field goals (2 each) and 3-pointers (2 each) in the first quarter, to make the score 10-10 at the end of the quarter. North Callaway scored the first 6 points of the second quarter to lead 16-10. However, after a timeout the Wildcats came back with 2 FGs, 2 3-pointers, and 2 of 2 FTs, for 12 points while holding NC to only 2 more points, and led 22-18 at halftime.
The turning point in the game was the third quarter. The 8th Graders tightened up the defense, which led to several NC turnovers and resulted in easy baskets and some free throws for the Wildcats. They outscored NC 16-4 in the quarter to lead 38-22 at the end of the quarter.
However, NC would not give up and go away. They started the quarter with a 7-3 scoring run to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 41-29 with over 3 minutes left in the game (6 minute quarters). But the Wildcats responded with their fourth 3-pointer of the game to take a 44-29 lead, and NC was never able to recover. The Wildcats went on to outscore NC 12-6 the rest of the game and won 56-35.
Nelson led the Wildcats in scoring this game with 20 points (4 FGs/3 3-pointers/3 of 4 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Kroll with 13 points (5 FGs/3 of 6 FTs); Hutcheson with 9 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer); Hall with 7 points (2 FGs/3 of 4 FTs); Murray with 4 points (2 FGs); and Curry with 3 points (1 FG/1 of 2 FTs). Beaver, Harrison, Jordan, Shaw and Walls also played in this game but did not score.
Like the North Callaway game, this game between cross-county rivals was fairly intense in the first half. However, the Wildcats were able to build a good lead late in the first half and maintained that lead through the rest of the game.
There was a lot of scoring in the first quarter, as W-M made 6 field goals and 4 of 5 free throws to score 16 points. The Wildcats countered with 2 field goals, 3 3-pointers, but made only 2 of 6 free throws and trailed 16-15 at the end of the quarter.
However, just like the night before the Wildcats once again tightened up their defense (this time in the second quarter instead of the third quarter), which led to several W-M turnovers and several easy baskets for the Wildcats. As a result, the Wildcats outscored W-M 16-4 in the second quarter and led 34-20 at halftime.
W-M outscored the Wildcats 5-0 in the first 1½ minutes of the third quarter to close the score to 34-25. But the Wildcats got things going again, and outscored W-M 12-3 the rest of the quarter to lead 46-28 at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats lead ranged from 14-20 points in the fourth quarter. Eventually W-M outscored Montgomery County 8-7 for the quarter, but that was all and the Wildcats won the game 53-36.
Hall was the leading scorer for the Wildcats in this game with 23 points (5 FGs/4 3-pointers/1 of 3 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Nelson and Kroll with 10 points each (Nelson 2 FGs/2 3-pointers, and Kroll 4 FGs/2 of 5 FTs); Hutcheson and Shaw with 4 points each (Hutcheson 2 FGs, and Shaw 1 FT/2 of 4 FTs); and Curry with 2 points (1 FG). Beaver, Harrison, Jordan, Murray, and Walls also played in this game but did not score.
Due to the Christmas Break the 8th Grade will not play again until January 3, Friday. They will play at New Haven that night, along with the 7th Grade team. The 7th Grade game will start at 5:30, with the 8th Grade game starting around 6:45.
The following week both teams will play 3 games. On Tuesday, January 7, they will host Wright City at the Montgomery City Elementary gym. The 7th Grade game will start at 5:30 p.m., and the 8th Grade game should start around 6:45.
On Thursday, January 9, both teams will play at Warrenton. The 7th Grade game will start at 5:00 p.m., and the 8th Grade should start around 6:15
Then on Friday, January 10, both teams will host Van-Far at the Montgomery City Elementary gym. The 7th Grade game will start at 6:00 p.m. and the 8th Grade game should start around 7:15.
Congratulations to the 8th Graders on their 9-game winning streak. Best wishes on your efforts to win your remaining 5 games in 2014.