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Big 8 Nears Midpoint of Season

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Big 8 Conference nears the midway mark of their season as Thanksgiving has come and gone. There were two games in the boys’ and girls’ divisions each last Monday. There was a girls’ and boys’ doubleheader with St. Andrew’s – Sewanee at Monteagle Tuesday night.  The other three doubleheaders will be tonight (Thursday). Swiss Memorial and Monteagle have yet to play each other on the season.

IMG_5796In girls’ action, the Lady Warriors of North Elementary breezed by Pelham 47 – 7 to move to 9 – 0 on the season. The Coalmont Lady Rebels got a measure of revenge with a 39 – 34 victory over the Palmer Lady Bulldogs.

In boys’ action, the North Warriors topped the Pelham Tigers 51 – 39. The Palmer Bulldogs held off the Coalmont Rebels 34 – 24.

Girls

NES 47 Pelham 7

The Lady Warriors used a strong defensive effort to race out to a 24 – 7 first half lead. The Lady Warriors followed their first half-defensive effort with a shutout in the second half en route to their ninth win of the season in conference play.  McKenzie Broadway poured in 18 points to lead the way. Eight Lady Warriors dotted the scorebook. Madison Coulson led the Lady Tigers with five points.

CES 39 Palmer 34

These two evenly matched teams played a thrilling overtime contest in their season opener with the Lady Bulldogs prevailing after a dramatic three pointer by Lady Rebel Abigail Childers tied the game at the end of regulation. This game was not as dramatic as the Lady Rebels broke open a tight game at halftime with a 13 – 6 third quarter to give the hosts a 10 point lead heading into the fourth quarter. However, the Lady Bulldogs wouldn’t go away and trimmed the deficit to five points in the last stanza as the Lady Rebels won 39 – 34. Childers led the winners with 18 points, while MacKenzie Reeves led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points.

Boys

NES 51 Pelham 39

The North Warriors used strong play during the middle two quarters to put this game out of reach and earned a season sweep of their games with the Pelham Tigers. After leading by one point after the first quarter, the Warriors outscored their visitors from the valley 31 – 21 during the second and third quarters to all but put the game away. Harley King had a season high 17 points in leading the Warriors, while Braxton Norris chipped in 16 points to help the cause. Bailey Hill poured in 24 markers to lead the Tigers.

Palmer 34 CES 24

The Bulldogs raced out to a 15 – 4 lead at intermission against their hosts en route to their 34

– 24 win.  The Rebels had one of their best halves of the year with 20 second half points, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Bulldogs from garnering their second victory of the year.  Ben Freeman led the victors with 22 points. Luke Henry led the Rebels with 10 points.