The Mount Gilead sixth grade girls’ basketball team split a pair of contests this past Saturday at River Valley. The Indians nearly came away with two victories because of a total team effort. Unlike the previous week versus Cardington, the Tribe outhustled their opponents on defense and battling for rebounds.
In the first contest the Indians found themselves down 6-0 in the first five minutes. They outscored the Vikings 12-10 in the final 15 minutes, but it wasn’t quite enough in the end. Leading MG was Kourtney James with four points and four steals. Shelby Thatcher fought for four points. Moriah Brooke and Riley McCoy each scored two points and grabbed five rebounds. Kaylene Brinkman and Taylor Hashman each had four rebounds. Riley Burchett and Becca Staley almost stole the game from the Vikings. Burchett had seven steals and Staley had three.
In the second game, the Indians came out with laser focus from the opening tip to the final whistle determined not to come up short again. After a back and forth effort for most of the game the teams found themselves tied with three minutes to go. A ferocious press and control of the boards in the final quarter the sealed the victory for the Wigwamers. Leading MG was Brooke with six points and six rebounds. Also coming up big was Hashman with four points and four rebounds. Making a difference on defense once again for the Indians was Burchett with five steals and two points. James also stifled the Viking offense with five thefts to go with her two points. McCoy and Brinkman made the difference down low. McCoy hauled in six boards with two points and Brinkman snagged four boards with two points. Becca Staley had five steals and Meagan Clapper had three of her own. Charity Walters grabbed three rebounds.
Information submitted by Jason Brooke.
Highland eighth grade girls
Highland’s eighth grade girls’ basketball team claimed a 37-33 win against East Knox Monday in their final home game of the season.
The locals trailed 11-9 after the first quarter, but bounced back to take a 21-14 lead into the half. They would take a 31-25 lead into the fourth and then held on for the win.
Madison Cecil led Highland with 17 points, while Brooklyn Baird scored 11 and Gena West added six.
Information received from Tarren Thacker.