Indian Creek boys, girls fall to Memorial
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.