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6th and 8th grade boys take wins over Bracken
by Ross Haney
The Nicholas County Middle School boys basketball teams took on Bracken County on Wednesday, Dec. 3, hauling in wins for both the 6th and 8th grade teams, and a close loss for the 7th grade team.
The 6th grade team started slow against Bracken County, but eventually picked up their energy and caught up, with the score at the end of the first at 7-8, Bracken.
The second quarter held more success for the team as they racked up a lead and went into the second half, Nicholas: 18, Bracken: 15.
Nicholas County maintained their lead for the entirety of the third quarter, but Bracken County’s last minute two point goal tied up the game at 28-28.
The teams stayed fairly consistent in the game’s last quarter, but with two successful free throws in the last few seconds of the game, Nicholas County took a 40-35 win over Bracken County in the 6th grade matchup.
The 7th grade team was off to a slow start in their match against Bracken, managing only three points to Bracken’s 13 in the first quarter.
Nicholas came back to play in the second, and left the score at 12-15, Bracken, at the half.
The Jackets were behind Bracken for most of the third quarter, trailing by two points at its end, 24-26.
Nicholas County trailed behind by more than a small amount until Zach Linville’s three point goal put them at a close two point loss, 33-35. Bracken scored and brought the score to a farther margin, but Zach brought in another two points for the Jackets, and they only trailed by two points (35-37) with 4.9 seconds left on the clock. Nicholas County was then responsible for a foul on Bracken that would give them a three point advantage and the win of the game, despite Nicholas’ strategy.
The NCMS 8th grade team had a better outcome, dominating over Bracken early on with a 16-11 lead going into the second quarter.
Nicholas continued to lead before the second half, but Bracken County proved to be a strong opponent, attempting to make their comeback. Bracken County finally took a lead over the Jackets at 34-38 going into the game’s last quarter.
6th and 8th grade boys take wins over Brackenby Ross Haney
The Nicholas County and Harrison County girls and boys basketball teams met for a double-header match up at Harrison County High School last Friday, Dec. 5. The Lady Jackets took their win over the Phillies, while the Bluejackets suffered a large loss to the strong Thoroughbreds.
The Lady Jackets showed a strong drive at the start of the game’s first quarter, and trailed Harrison 8-10 going into the second.
Nicholas County led Harrison for most of the second quarter, but with a Harrison County buzzer beater at the half, they slipped into a one point lead over the Lady Jackets, 22-21.
Hannah Jolly began the high energy second half with a three point goal, and Nicholas County maintained a significant lead over the Phillies for the entirety of the quarter. With the score at 38-43, Nicholas, the game entered the final quarter.
Harrison County showed a desire to take the win of the game in its final quarter, but the Lady Jackets continued to lead over the Phillies. Harrison County frequently fouled as strategy in the last two minutes of the quarter, but this came to the advantage of Nicholas, as Megan Bretz and Grace Kiskaden both racked up two points in free throws. The Jackets ended the game in a 12 point lead, 47-59.
Grace Kiskaden was the team’s leading scorer, racking up a whopping 22 points for the Lady Jackets. Megan Bretz followed with 13 points, Allison Howard with 9, Autumn Martin – 7, Hannah Jolly – 4, and Samantha Sowell and Shelby Watkins rounded out the score for the Lady Jackets with 2 points each.
Megan Bretz, Allison Howard, and Autumn Martin all contributed 6 rebounds for the game, and Trina Hughes, Hannah Jolly, Samantha Sowell, and Shelby Watkins managed 1 rebound each...