2012-12-20 / Sports

Middle School Girls’ Basketball

by Mark Strain

7th grader Kaity Washington 7th grader Kaity Washington The Lexington Lady Middle School Eagle Basketball teams played host to the Lady Buffaloes of Florence on Monday night, December 10th in the A. P. Kleinschmidt gymnasium. The last game of the fall semester, before the Christmas break, started off well for the Lady Eagles. The B teams tipped off and immediately jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the end of the first period. 2 points each by #31 Stacey Washington, #32 Erica Clinard and #33 Dana Gilmore put the Eagles in the driver’s seat.

The girls played well and Gilmore had several steals to keep the first period exciting. The second period turned into a near stalemate with the only points scored by Florence. A single 2 point bucket allowed the Eagles a half-time lead of 6-2.

In the third, the Lady Buffaloes strengthened their defense, holding the Eagles scoreless, while compiling 4 more points to make it a tied 6-6 at the end of the third. The fourth period had the Buffaloes score 3 more points to end their night at 9, but it was not enough for a resurgent Eagle team who poured on 6 more points to win the game, 12-9. Washington added 4 more and Gilmore 2 in the fourth.

Magen Walch recovers the ball, pulls it in to keep the opponent from stealing it, and looks to the right for a teammate to help. Magen Walch recovers the ball, pulls it in to keep the opponent from stealing it, and looks to the right for a teammate to help. The 7A tipped off with an immediate 2 point bucket. The Lady Eagles took command and never looked back. In the first period, the Eagles went up 6-2. #15 Kaity Washington scored 4 and Lexington’s #13 Brittany Krenek, playing her first basketball season, hit her first 2 point bucket of the year. The 2 points were quickly followed with smiles and high fives for Brittany’s first. By quarter, the scoring for the rest of the game went 11-6, 15-8 and, finally, and Eagle winning score of 19-12. Scoring for the 7A Eagles were: 13 by #15 Kaity Washington, 4 by #24 Keanna Clemons and 2 by #13 Brittany Krenek.

Courtney Strain begins her “flight” for a two-point layup. Courtney Strain begins her “flight” for a two-point layup. In the 8A game, Coach Horn of the Lexington Lady Eagle Varsity fame stepped in and directed the team. The girls spread the court on offense and played a man to man defensive scheme. By the end of the first period, Lexington lead 8-4, with #25 Madison Stefek scoring one bucket and two free throws, and #22 Megan Walch and #5 Courtney Strain each scoring two (2).

Florence was held to 4 points, so the period ended with Lexington up 8-4. In the second, Lexington’s #2 Jaclyn Alford had the hot hand, putting up 2 buckets and a free throw, with Strain adding another free throw. The Eagles led at the half 14-9.

In the third period, Stefek hit for 2 and Strain added another free throw. Lexington held Florence to 2 points, so the period ended 17- 11. In the final period, with Lexington up by 8, confidence was running high when Florence struck for 8 points. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, the score was close. Lexington’s Stefek and Strain each put in 2 to put Lexington up by 2 points, with a minute to play. The last minute of the game turned into a keep away from Florence, allowing the clock to wind down and Lexington to win the game by a final score of 21-19.

Lexington’s #3 Kynslie Meyer, #14 Emma Beard, #22 Megan Walch and #2 Jaclyn Alford had very strong games.

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