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2009-11-26 / Sports

Lexington Middle School Roundballers Work Hard

But not enough to put a “W” on the board
by Mark Strain

Coach Laughlin talks to members of the 7B Eagle team, Jason Mann, W.E. Meuth, Colby Johnson, Dustin Albreight and Bradley Wrinkle. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Coach Laughlin talks to members of the 7B Eagle team, Jason Mann, W.E. Meuth, Colby Johnson, Dustin Albreight and Bradley Wrinkle. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. The Lexington Middle School boys basketball team held its home opener against the Eagles of Salado in the A. P. Kleinschmidt gym on Thursday night, November 19. The Eagles debuted their new 7B team. The young Lexington Eagles fought hard and matched up well against Salado. In the end, however, the Red Eagles won 7-6.

Lexington’s 8B took the court next and the results were similar to the earlier game. Salado topped Lexington by a score of 15-2.

The third game of the night was 7A. Lexington did a good job early on of holding the visitors in check. However, the first period slipped by with Salado up 2-6. In the second period, Salado began to get their groove and started penetrating the Eagle defense more readily while denying Lexington any scoring. The second period ended Salado up 15-2. The third period was similar to the second and Salado extended their lead to 24-2. The fourth period saw the 7th grade Lexington Eagles with a spark of life, but it was not enough in the end to prevail. Salado defeated the Lexington 7A 30-10.

The last game of the night pitted both Eagle 8A teams. This was a very fast-paced game up and down the court. Both teams went back and forth for the first few minutes until everything began to unfold. Both scoring and team fouls began to accumulate.

The first period saw Lexington down 10-4. In the second period Coach Holcomb started to substitute more as foul trouble put key players on the bench early. Again, back and forth the play went and the teams appeared to be more evenly matched.

The second period ended with Salado up 17-10. The third period saw renewed effort by the Lexington

8A team as they began a more aggressive press. While the Lexington score doubled in the third quarter, Salado kept up their pace and the third period ended Salado up 31-20.

The fourth quarter started showing signs of more experienced play. More passes, different defenses and Salado team fouls put Lexington right back in the mix. With only a few minutes left in the game Lexington had closed the Salado lead to a mere 5 points. At this point, however, Salado began to play “keep away” and the young Lexington Eagles were forced into selective fouling to stop the clock. Each team had a player foul out of the game and Salado added an extra player to the bench for a Technical.

In the end the Eagles of Salado prevailed 36-29 finishing a clean sweep of the Lexington middle school boys.

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