In its first road test of the season, the West Middle School boys basketball seemed unfazed by the challenge, upping its record to 6-0 after dominating in a 56-20 victory over White County in Sparta on Thursday.
The Bobcats dominated from the very start, limiting White County to just two first-half points, which came on a first-quarter basket. West didn’t have any of those offensive struggles, putting up 14 points in the first quarter, before adding 10 more in the second period, taking a 24-2 advantage into halftime.
Joseph Duncan led the Bobcats with six points in the first half. Jacob Dixon and Krys Uselton each added four points in the first two quarters. Justus Chadwick scored three points, while Ragan Tomlin, Brody Melton and Mays Snipes each put up two.
West again stifled White County’s offense coming out of the second half, limiting the Warriors to just four points in the third quarter. The Bobcats continued to add to their lead, taking a 37-6 advantage into the final period of play.
Duncan and Uselton each put up four points in the third quarter for West. Dixon knocked down a 3-pointer before Melton added a pair of free throws for the final West points of the third period.
White County was able to generate some offense in the final quarter, putting up 14 points. However, West countered that with 19 points of its own, securing the 56-20 victory.
Ashton Dodd put up eight points in the final period of play for the Bobcats, while Duncan and Snipes each added four points. Melton also knocked down a 3-pointer for West.
Duncan led the Bobcats in scoring on the night, finishing the game with 15 points on the night. Uselton and Dodd each added eight points, while Dixon and Melton each scored seven points.
Lady Bobcats secure 24-16 victory
Prior to the boys matchup, the West girls team found itself in a tight contest with White County.
The Lady Bobcats jumped out to an 8-3 lead after one quarter and were able to hold that lead for the remainder of the contest, picking up the 24-16 on the road on Thursday. With the win the West girls team improves to 4-2 on the season.
Lucy Nutt put up four points in the first quarter for West, while Olivia Swain added two points of her own. Gracie Morris knocked down a pair of free throws as the Lady Bobcats took an 8-3 lead after the first quarter.
Swain added a basket in the second period for West’s only points of the quarter. White County closed the gap with four points in the second quarter, as the Lady Bobcats led 10-7 at the break.
Nutt knocked down a 3-pointer for West in the third quarter, while Morgan Carr hit three free throws. Liv Bowen added a free throw of her own, putting the Lady Bobcats in front 17-13 heading into the final quarter of play.
Nutt added five points in the final quarter before Carr added two more as West went on to pick up the 24-17 win.
Nutt led the Lady Bobcats in scoring on the night, putting up 12 points in the victory. Carr added five points while Swain finished with four points. Morris added two points and Bowen scored one of her own.
The teams from West will have the next week off, before heading out on the road again on Nov. 27, when they travel to Warren County. Start time of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that contest concludes.
East teams fall to North
While the West teams notched wins, the East teams couldn’t follow suit, losing a pair of games at North on Thursday night. The Lady Panthers fell 47-26, while the East boys team lost 59-23.
The East girls (1-2) struggled to get any offense in the first quarter, falling behind 19-0. The Lady Panthers managed to get some points in the second quarter, but trailed 28-6 heading into halftime.
East added 12 more points in the third quarter, but trailed 39-18 heading into the final quarter of play. Each team put up eight points in the final period, as North notched the 47-26 victory.
As of press time, individual scoring from that contest was unavailable.
In the boys game, East (0-4) fell behind 29-13 at halftime and was never able to recover from that. The Panthers were limited to just 10 points in the second half, as North notched the 59-23 victory.
As of press time, individual scoring numbers from the boys basketball game was unavailable.
The teams from East will head out on the road again on Monday when they travel to Coffee County. Start time of the girls game is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor 10 minutes after that contest concludes.