by Emily Waldrep-
On Friday, February 3, the Spurger varsity boy's basketball team faced the Legget Pirates in one of the last few games of the season. The district game started off slowly, as both teams struggled to make shots and get together as a team. In the middle of the first quarter, the Pirates had only scored 3 points and had only allowed Legget to score four, which is a rarity at Pirate games because the boys usually begin making baskets within the first few seconds of the first quarter. The score slowly crawled to five to eight with only a few seconds left before the second quarter, then a perfect shot from the three-point line by Cody Winkle tied the score up eight to eight at the buzzer.
The game began to move at a faster pace during the second quarter, and Aaron Ford and Hunter Smith both led the Pirates in making baskets. Aaron Ford hit a 3-point shot and a layup, while Hunter Smith sunk two three-point baskets as well as a layup and free throw. Their efforts brought the score at half time to 21-31 with Legget holding the lead by 10 points.
Although the boys were behind, they didn't let the score deter them from fighting for a district win. Although Legget was attacking the basket and slowing widening the gap in the score, the boys continued to hit their shots and free throws. Colyn Walding made a perfect layup at the end of the third quarter to bring the score to 38-55 with Legget ahead.
The fourth quarter began to slow down as both teams lost a lot of steam. Legget was giving up, and the Pirates were exhausted from the fast pace of the game. Neither team scored within the first 2 minutes of the game, until Aaron Ford sunk a basket with five minutes and five seconds left in the last quarter of the game. The fourth quarter was filled with fouls, turnovers and missed baskets by both of the teams, and even though the boys gave it a good effort they lost the game with a score of 52-66.
They gave it a great effort, and the fans and coaches are very proud of the boys season so far. The Pirates only have a few games left, and the next boys game will be on Tuesday, February 7, in Burkeville.
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