Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County Junior High guard Braylon Flowers dribbles to the basket as Gladeville’s Tyson Henderlight defends.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County Junior High guard Braylon Flowers dribbles to the basket as Gladeville’s Tyson Henderlight defends.

The Macon County Junior High boys basketball team outscored visiting Gladeville by a 16-3 margin in the second quarter, pulling away for a 52-36 victory in the two teams' season opener.

"They're a great group," Tiger first-year head coach Marty Maxfield said of his squad. "They jell good together. They are fun to coach. They are inexperienced, but it's coming along. They work hard every day. They played hard."

The two teams were tied at 12 late in the first quarter, but Dalton Hudson's basket placed Macon County in front to stay.

That basket sparked a 12-0 run, which also included baskets from Zach Borders, Brady Driver and Brody Frye.

"We didn't make any adjustments," Maxfield said. "We just settled them down. It was first-game jitters. They had to get back to what we're supposed to be doing and settle down."

Hudson scored eight points in both the first and second quarter, scoring 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half.

Wildcat guard Jack McChurch scored five consecutive points midway through the third quarter to trim the deficit to nine points, but a Hudson layin and Braylon Flowers' 3-pointer quickly extended the margin back to 14 points.

Zach Borders and Gabe Borders combined to score the first seven points of the final period, giving Macon County its biggest lead (48-29).

Zack Borders backed Hudson's offensive production with 9 points, followed by Flowers (7 points), Gabe Borders (6), Driver (2), Frye (2), John Marsh (2) and Ty Young (2).

McChurch scored a team-high eight points.

The Tigers opened the season without forward Parker Maddox, who recently suffered a broken arm.

• The Macon County girls were also bolstered by a 10-1, second-quarter run in their 46-23 win over Gladeville.

The Tigerettes led 14-8 after one period of play, but Macon County took advantage of the Lady Wildcat full-court press, converting easy baskets to extend the lead to 15 points by halftime.

Tigerette forward Dallas Caldwell scored 12 points in the first quarter and 16 of her game-high 29 points in the first half.

Krya N. Gregory backed Caldwell's production with five points, followed by Alexis Bandy (2), Journey Beasley (2), Grace Deckard (2), Natalie Green (2), Laityn Kirby (2) and Karly Ramsey (2).

Gladeville's Gabriella Melecio scored a team-high 10 points.