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NCMS Lady Jackets take on Paris and Bracken County
by Jessica Curran
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Nicholas County Lady Jackets Middle School basketball teams took on Paris Middle School Lady Greyhounds in Carlisle.
With the evening’s opening game, the seventh grade Lady Jackets started the action battling Paris. After the first half of play, Paris led Nicholas County 12-10. Morgan Watkins was the Lady Jackets main offensive weapon, scoring five first half points.
The second half was tough for the Lady Jackets as the came out of the locker room flat. The Lady Greyhounds took advantage of this by adding six points to their lead by the end of the third quarter.
As the Lady Jackets woes continued in the final quarter, Paris hit their stride. At the sound of the final horn, Paris led Nicholas County by a score of 26-13.Morgan Watkins led Nicholas with five points with Megan Cobb, Kari Dunn, and Bre Hutchison each adding two points. Audra Felts and Alyssa Watkins each added one point a piece to finish out the Lady Jacket scoring.
The eighth grade Lady Jackets did not look to continue the seventh grade struggles as they began the game playing well. Maranda Jett led the hot offensive start with seven of the team’s 11 first quarter points.
Shelby Stafford took over in the second quarter as she put in five points, pushing the Lady Jacket lead to 18-2 at halftime.
Stafford continued her streak in the third quarter as she added six more points to her total. Along with Stafford, several other Lady Jackets pitched in as they extended their lead to 34-7.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Jackets were able to cruise through the finish with the final score of 38-14.
Shelby Stafford led the way offensively with 13 points. Maranda Jett scored seven with Allison Myers chipping in six points. Courtney Browning added four and Jenna Sanders, Audra Felts, Megan Cobb, and Morgan Watkins all scored two points.
The next night, our Lady Jackets traveled to Brooksville to play the Bracken County Middle School Lady Polar Bears in another round of seventh and eighth grade action.
Again, the seventh grade Lady Jackets kicked off the basketball action looking to bounce back from the previous night’s defeat.
After one quarter of play, Nicholas found themselves trailing Bracken by three but came back fighting in the second quarter. Megan Cobb went six for six on free throws and adding two more to her second quarter total of eight, sparked the comeback. This allowed the Lady Jackets to go in at the half with the lead, 17-8.
The Lady Polar Bears played Nicholas fairly even throughout the second half, but the Lady Jackets strong second quarter performance proved too much for Bracken to overcome. The Lady Jackets finished on top with a final score of 32-23.
Megan Cobb finished with a game-high 16 points. Morgan Watkins scored nine, Audra Felts three, and Sydni Gifford and Shelby Tubbs each added two points apiece.
In what was expected to be a great game, the eighth grade Lady Jackets took the floor hoping to continue the Nicholas County dominance.
The first half was no letdown, as both teams fought hard to gain the early advantage. With 10 points from Allison Myers, the Lady Jackets went into halftime up one, 23-22.
The third quarter was all team ball as five Lady Jackets scored and allowing Nicholas to hold onto the one point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Maranda Jett took charge in the fourth quarter scoring eight of her game-high 16 points. Along with more team-play, the Lady Jackets sealed their hard fought victory with a final score of 50-46.
Following Jett’s 16, Allison Myers scored 14 for the Lady Jackets. Morgan Watkins added six and Courtney Browning and Shelby Stafford each scored five points. Sydni Gifford scored four (all in the second half) and rounded out the Lady Jackets score column.
Upcoming games for the Lady Jackets include a home game against Bourbon County, which will be sixth, seventh, and eighth grade games. Saturday, the 27th, Nicholas County travels to Paris to participate in the Bluegrass Conference Challenge. Then on Tuesday, the 29th the Lady Jackets welcome Menifee County for more sixth, seventh, and eighth grade basketball action.
Remembering Dr. William E. Sexton
A number of people in town, including Custer Blair and Kimball Booth, have fond memories of William Sexton, who passed away on Friday, from their high school football days.
Pictured above is the 1947 Carlisle High School football team.
Front Row (L to R): G.C. Myers, Kimball Booth, Benny Donovan, and Leon "Kilroy" Roundree.
Middle Row: Everett Vice, Roy Davis, Custer Blair, Emory Clark, Bob Pitman, J. Paul Jones, William Sexton, and "Toad" Rawlings.
Back Row: Coach Tebay Rose, Kenneth Campbell, Henry Peters, Henry Young, Hugh Woodall, Charles Harper, Bobby Gene Price, Wayne Rawlings.