In­dian Creek boys, girls fall to Me­mo­rial

The Covington News - - Sports - Ty­lan Merk­er­son sports@cov­

Sev­eral fans showed up to sup­port the In­dian Creek Mid­dle School girls' bas­ket­ball team Wed­nes­day as they faced off against Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School at home. Both teams demon­strated great fun­da­men­tal bas­ket­ball but it was the Lady Semi­noles who es­caped vic­to­ri­ous with a 40-34 win in a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment.

It was a low scor­ing first half due to great de­fense played by both teams. With the score merely at 15-11 go­ing into half­time, the en­ergy in the stands re­mained high as fans expressed their ex­cite­ment for such an en­ter­tain­ing matchup.

At the start of the third quar­ter, Bagby be­gan to heat up for the Pan­thers. She scored five unan­swered points, fol­lowed by a 3-pointer that saw noth­ing but the net. Bagby

also led the Lady Pan­thers in scor­ing with 14 points.

With two min­utes left on the game clock, the score re­mained close at 34-31 when In­dian Creek and their de­voted fans found new life. Bagby found her way to the free throw line to bring the score within 1 point. The Lady Pan­thers were on a roll and flus­tered Me­mo­rial af­ter forc­ing a crit­i­cal turnover.

How­ever, Me­mo­rial got the ball back and pro­ceeded to hold it to run the clock out; forc­ing In­dian Creek to foul and send Mitchell, the Lady Semi­noles best player, to the free throw line. Mitchell knocked down her free throws to ex­tend the lead and pull away for the win.

Clay scored 10 points for In­dian Creek. The loss was In­dian Creek's first of the sea­son. The Lady Pan­thers now hold a record of 10-1.

Ayanna Mitchell led Me­mo­rial in scor­ing with 23 points.

Many of the same fans stayed to cheer on the Pan­thers boys bas­ket­ball team as they took on the Semi­noles. How­ever, the Pan­thers were only able to score six points in the sec­ond half and suf­fered a 50-34 loss be­cause of their in­abil­ity to find the bas­ket.

The Pan­thers got off to a slow start; al­low­ing the Semi­noles to jump on top of them 16-8 by the end of the first quar­ter. Af­ter re­group­ing be­tween quar­ters and find­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their sup­port­ive fans, the Pan­thers played much bet­ter bas­ket­ball in the sec­ond quar­ter.

McCal­lis­ter for In­dian Creek found his way to the free throw line and scored on sev­eral fast break op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Pan­thers cap­tured all of the mo­men­tum in the sec­ond quar­ter and tied the game with a free throw to even the score at 24-24 with one minute left in the first half. Af­ter forc­ing back-to-back Semi­nole turnovers, the Pan­thers snatched the lead with a score of 28-24 go­ing into half­time and the fans loved it.

How­ever, the Pan­thers suf­fered a se­vere shoot­ing drought com­ing out of the half and man­aged to score only three points in the third quar­ter. Mean­while, the Semi­noles were just get­ting started. By the end of the third quar­ter, the Semi­noles had stolen the lead back to make the score 36-31.

Me­mo­rial re­ally pulled away in the forth quar­ter. They went on to score 14 unan­swered points be­fore the Pan­thers were able to score their next and last bas­ket, a 3-pointer with sec­onds left on the clock. It be­came too late for the Pan­thers to spark a come­back and the boys fin­ished the game with a 50-34 loss.

McCal­is­ter led the Pan­thers in scor­ing with 10 points while Kelly added seven points.

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