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8th Boys reach semifinals in Barren Tourney

November 21, 2011
By Bryan Priddy of South Warren Middle School

Saturday, November 19th @ Barren County



South Warren 50  Franklin 16 (Opening Round)

The South Warren 8th Grade had to face Franklin Simpson in the play in game of the Barren County Tournament on Saturday, November 19th. After a pretty evenly played first quarter, the Spartans exploded on a 20-2 run in the 2nd quarter to move to a 30-9 halftime lead and cruised to a 50-16 win in the opening game of the tourney. Brandon Stacker led the way for the Spartans with 15 points.

                    SW        10   -   20   -  14     -  6           50

                 Franklin    7     -    2    -   0      -  7          16

SW: Nishibata 4, Shryock 4, Kirtley 4, Heltsley 5, Stephanski 7,                   Cummings 4, Hicks 7, Stacker 15


South Warren 41 Bazzell 28 (Quarterfinals)

South Warren met Bazzell Middle School in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Spartans picked up where they had left off and had balanced scoring enroute to a 24-13 lead at the half. The Spartans were led in the half by Brandon Stacker and Bryan Cummings, who each had 8 points. Michael Hicks and Griffin Heltsley each added 4 in the half. The Spartans came out a little flat in the 2nd half offensively but kept the pressure turned up defensively, keeping Bazzell from ever making a serious run. South Warren knocked down 7 of 9 free throws in the final quarter to preserve a 41-28 victory over the Patriots. The Spartans were led by Cummings with 15 points, while Heltsley dropped in 10.

                 SW        12   -   12   -   6    -  11           41

              Bazzell      5     -   8    -   6    -   9           28


SW: Heltsley 10, Cummings 15, Hicks 8, Stacker 8


South Warren 42 Monroe County 49 (Semifinals)

South Warren came into the semifinals playing its third game in just 8 hours. Coach Reed admitted he felt his team was playing on a little bit of "dead legs" by this game. He said they did not have the same energy level that they had used in the first two games of the tournament. The Spartans battled throughout and led 11-10 after the first period before going into the break down 20-16. The 2nd half was a battle back and forth and the Spartans could not get any closer than four points and excellent free shooting down the stretch helped give the Falcons the victory 49-42. Monroe County hit 12-14 free throws in the 2nd half, compared to the Spartans 6-11. The loss eliminated the Spartans from the tourney but Coach Reed said he was very pleased with his team's effort and performance. He feels that this was a step in the right direction and is optimistic of good things to come this season. The Spartans were lead by Bryan Cummings and Brandon Stacker, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.  

South Warren will meet Monroe County again on the road on Monday, November 21. 7th grade game will begin at 5:30 p.m with 8th grade to follow


               SW           11   -     5     -     13     -  13                42

        Monroe Co    10   -    10    -    13    -   16           49

SW: Kirtley 3, Heltsley 5, Stephanski 5, Cummings 15, Stacker 14

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