Suzanna Brabant Contributing Writer
January 8, 2014
Excluding the Highland Ridge Conference games, which will be played at Red Boiling Springs on January 8, 9, and 11, RBS Jr. High played their last home game on December 19th against Defeated. The boys won 33-22. The girls lost 27-37. The final two games of the season will be away games against Tucker’s Crossroads on January 6 and Hermitage Springs on January 13.
12/19 RBS Jr. High v Defeated Boys 33-22
Both the girls’ and boys’ teams played to win against Defeated. The boys came out strong. It was their second game against Defeated. The first was played on October 28th and ended with a 40-39 victory. In the rematch, on December 19th, the Bulldogs put 14 points on the board in the first quarter, 8 in the second, 5 in the third and 6 in the fourth. #34 Jordan Powell, who appeared to have grown three inches between this and last week, made 15 points. #14 Lee Pruitte made 6. #12 Kaleb Stacy made 5 points. #10 Matthew Murphy made 3. And, #33 Joey Medrano and #21 Jerad Hatcher each made 2. As a team, they made 11 of 41 two-point and 3 of 6 attempted three-point baskets. They made 2 of 3 successful free-throws, 14 offensive and 9 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, 8 steals, 7 turnovers and 12 fouls. They won the game 33-22. Head Coach for the boys team Dustin McKinney said, “It was a good win for us. It put us at 7/9. We’ve won the last 5 out of 7 games, so we’re playing pretty good right now.”
12/19 RBS Jr. High v Defeated Girls 27-37
The girls played great defense, but missed a lot of scoring opportunities. They put 5 points on the board in the first quarter, 3 in the second, 11 in the third and 8 in the fourth. #33 Macy Raines was the team’s highest scorer with 10 points. #12 Kaylena Hatcher made 5. #35 Grayce Crouch made 4. #10 Tamara Murphy made 3. #14 Amber McCarter and #34 Bailey Tucker made 2 each and #45 Sydney Henson made 1. Overall, they made 7 of 34 two-pointers, 3 of 3 three-pointers and 4 of 5 free throws. They made 11 offensive rebounds, 13 defensive rebounds, 4 steals, 15 turnovers and 16 fouls.
In between the girls’ and boys’ games, RBS Jr. High celebrated 8th Grade Night by calling on to the court and thanking the parents of 8th grade players and cheerleaders for their support and commitment to the 2013-2014 basketball season. The parents were understandably proud of their kids and almost as many as were thanked for their support reciprocated with gratitude for the coaches, whom they said helped their kids become more goal-oriented.