By: Emily Waldrep
Both the varsity girls and boys basketball teams ended the week on a good note after winning all of their scheduled district games. After a few tough losses, both teams got back on their feet and brought home four consecutive wins.
The boy's team faced Chester on Tuesday and got pulled off a 71-18 win. The game began with an unguarded layup by Colyn Walding, a perfect sideline shot by Aaron Ford, and a free throw and rebound by Chaz Shook. The rest was history as the boys hit a large percentage of their shots. After the first quarter, the Pirates had pulled ahead by 24-4. In the second quarter the boys were still on fire as they hit layup after layup and consecutively snagged rebounds. For the game against Chester, Coach Odom had pulled the Junior Varsity team up to play with the Varsity boys and they all proved that they have what it takes to compete in a higher level of game play. Cody Winkle sunk three 3-point shots from the baseline, and Austin Ross finished up the game with a layup that brought the final score to 71-18.
The girls also managed to snag a win at Chester. The game started out with the Pirates ahead five to zero but Chester fought back hard and evened the score at 9-9 with 2 minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Martin called a timeout, and afterwards the girls really started to play like a team and make their shots. At the end of the first quarter the score was 14-9 with the Pirates leading. In the second quarter the team only allowed Chester to score 6 points while the girls scored 11 points, bringing the score at halftime to 24-15.
In the second half the Pirates really stepped up their game play and Kaitlyn Willis started to attack the basket and made 8 points for the Pirates in the third quarter alone. The score at the end of the third quarter was 33-34. Ashley Hollier, Kaitlyn Willis and McKenzie McGallion led the scoring in the fourth quarter with multiple layups, rebounds and assists. A last-second basket by Ashley Hollier won the game with a 48-39 score.
After the wins in Chester, both teams were pumped for the games against High Island. The girls played first and beat High Island with a score of 42-20. The team was led by Kelsey Sheffield with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Kaitlyn Willis with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The girls also set a season record of lowest number of turnovers in a game with only 3. Although the girls struggled with shooting and only made 28% of shots from the field and 10% of three point shots, they still persevered and fought to claim the win.
The girls only have two district games left and are expected to make it to the play-offs for the first time in years. The coaches and community wish the girls luck as their season continues.
The boys also dominated at the game against High Island and won with a score of 71-28. Leading scorers for the game were Nathan Sheffield with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals; Cody Winkle with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals; and Aaron Ford with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. The crowd went wild when Heith Zoch and Michael Reyna picked up their very first varsity baskets in the fourth quarter.
Although High Island lost the game, the team and coaches respect their heart and drive. They went into the game with only 5 players and no bench, and were forced to play with only 4 boys during the end of the game.
"I really admire High Island," said Coach Odom. "They continued to play the entire game, even when they were left with only four players. Everyone should learn a lesson from those players about having heart."
The boys and girls play in Goodrich on January 31 and at home against Legget on February 3.