The Macon County Jr. High boys and girls basketball teams are on a roll. Eight games into the season, the boys are 7 for 8 and the girls are 8 for 8. Well done, teams!!
11/21 MCJH v Jackson County Boys 43-30
On Thursday, November 21st, the boys played Jackson County in Lafayette. They won 43-30. #15 Seth Carlisle had two 3’s and 16 points altogether. #50 Heston King made 10 points. #44 Clay West made 6. #53 Riley Phillips made 4. #32 Luke Perrigo scored 3. #12 Cole Carnahan and #3 Aaron Colter each made 2.
11/21 MCJH v Jackson County Girls 63-18
The girls also won their game on November 21st against Jackson County 63-18. It was the teams’ second encounter this season. The first game was played on November 4th. Macon County won 54-18. In Thursday’s game, the girls, to coin a phrase I’ve heard recently and repeatedly at the MCJH gym and personally witnessed, beat the snot out of Jackson County. They made 25 of 44 two-point and 2 of 9 three-point shots, 7 of 17 free-throws and put 42 points on the board in the first half of the game. With 20 points, #43 Kyndall Bullington was the top scorer for the night. #42 Mattie Goolsby contributed 10. #22 Keeley Clariday added 9. #52 Mara King added 8. #23 Morgan Carter added 7. #33 Kaylynn Dalton, #34 Keeley Carter, #10 Krista Perkins, and #32 Allison Shoulders contributed 2 points each. #24 Brooklyn Brawner added 1.
12/2 MCJH v Westmoreland Boys 60-14
On Monday, December 2nd, Macon County Jr. High played Westmoreland. The boys’ put 26 points on the board in the first quarter, 16 in the second, 12 in the third, 6 in the fourth and won the game 60-14. One of the Macon County players had a seizure at the end of the second quarter due to low blood sugar and was taken to Macon County General Hospital. He has since fully recovered, but worry about their team mate affected the team in the second half of the game. Coach Wesley Clayborne said, “We played well. We have not practiced, not shot a basketball since last Monday (before the Thanksgiving holiday), so it’s been a week since we’ve been in a gym together. It was tough seeing one of our players go down. At that point, we were just ready to get to half-time. We were trying to get back our composure. We had to play through it. The player is better. We’ve already talked to him and he seems better and that’s what the kids were worried about. They didn’t want to play ball in the second half but they played through it and we got everybody in the game tonight. It was a good game for us.”
Despite worry about their team mate, the boys continued to play well. Overall, #53 Riley Phillips scored 16 points. #50 Heston King scored 15 points. #15 Seth Carlisle scored 11. #34 Trent Cook, #3 Aaron Colter and #44 Clay West each scored 4. #20 Spencer Hogin, #32 Luke Perrigo and #12 Cole Carnahan each scored 2.
12/2 MCJH v Westmoreland Girls 50-14
The girls also won their game against Westmoreland on Monday. They put 14 points on the board in the first quarter, 9 in the second quarter, 17 in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth. The final score was 50-14. With two 3’s, #22 Keeley Clariday made a total of 10 points. #33 Kaylynn Dalton contributed 7. #34 Keeley Carted added another 7 points to the score. #43 Kyndall Bullington added 8. #12 Mallory Owens made 6. #10 Krista Perkins added 4. #24 Brooklyn Brawner added 2. And #52 Mara King added 6. Assistant Coach Kent Smith said, “with the holiday, the girls have had six days off and it showed. We had a pretty sloppy game to start with, but we finished strong.”