A 19-point first-quarter outburst led the East Middle School boys’ basketball team to a 45-36 win in its home opener against White County Monday night.
Jerrell Sheffield led the Panthers, putting up 10 points in the opening quarter, as his team grabbed a 19-8 advantage. Sheffield knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and two baskets.
Malik Grizzard added four points, hitting a pair of field goals. Jaiden Sanchez hit a basket of his own and added a free throw, while Jalen Hill knocked down a shot.
East went on to add 12 more points in the second quarter, taking a 31-15 lead into halftime. Grizzard and Hill each put up four points for the Panthers in the period. T.J. Green and Jacob Sanchez both hit a basket in the quarter.
White County closed the gap with 14 points in the third quarter. East, on the other hand, was limited to just seven points in the period, but led 38-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Hill led the Panthers with three points in the third quarter. Jacob and Jaiden each scored two points to round out the scoring for East.
Both White County and the Panthers put up seven points, as East escaped with the win. Green, Grizzard and Jaiden each scored two points, while Hill added a free throw.
Grizzard, Hill and Sheffield each scored 10 points for the Panthers in the victory, as East improved to 2-2 on the season. Jaiden added seven points, while Green and Jacob each put up four points to round out the scoring for the Panthers.
The East girls’ team dropped to 0-4 on the season, after falling behind early to White County in a 53-21 loss on Monday.
The Lady Panthers were held to just five points in the first quarter and then six points in the second period, trailing 26-11 at halftime.
Katelyn Daniels hit a 3-pointer for the Lady Panthers in the opening period, while Nyjah Gibbs added a free throw. Daniels and Gibbs went on to each score three points in the second quarter.
Out of halftime, East was limited to just three points in the third quarter, trailing 47-14 entering the final period of play. Audrey Todaro scored the lone field goal in the third quarter for the Lady Panthers, while Karah Lawrence added a free throw.
East put up seven points in the final quarter, led by Daniels who scored five points, knocking down a pair of shots and a free throw. Gibbs also added a basket of his own.
Both East teams will hit the road on Thursday, traveling to South Middle School in Winchester. Tipoff of the girls’ game is scheduled for 6 p.m. The boys contest will take place 10 minutes after the girls matchup concludes.