MCHS Basketball Teams Claim White House Victories
By Misty Green
The Macon County High School Basketball teams hosted White House for a District 9AA challenge and were able to improve their record with two wins.
In the girls game… The Tigerettes achieved a 38-18 advantage over the Lady Blue Devils by the halftime break, which continued throughout the second half for a 65-36 victory.
Kailyn Brooks led the Tigerettes with 15 points, followed by Katie Reid with 13 points, Katelyn Bean with 10 points, Haley Harris with six points, Michaela Thompson with five points, Terra Pryor with four points, Jade Ellis and Whitney Wilburn with three points each, and Kelsey Gregory, Katie Beth Meador, and Alyssa Tuck with two points each.
In the boys game… White House outscored Macon County in the first three quarters of play to hold a 36-34 advantage going into the final round.
The Tigers achieved their first lead of the night with a 3-pt. basket by Andrew Kempf with four minutes left to play.
Both teams continued to add points, as the final minutes of the quarter continued to tick away. White House found themselves in a jam when the Tigers had acquired a one-point lead with 11.3 on the clock. On the next White House possession, they threw the ball out of bounds, giving it back to the Tigers. Dallas Grace was fouled at 8.6, but missed the free-throw. White House had the ball, however Grace stepped up to steal the pass, nailing the last two buzzer points of the game for a 50-47 district win.
Zack Billenstein led the Tigers with 14 points, followed by Dallas Grace with 12 points, Tyler Manning and Trey McPherson with eight points each, Andrew Kempf and Mic Wise with three points each, and Brantley Russell with two points.
MCHS picks up 2 wins in Westmoreland
By Mark Darnell
The Tigers and Tigerettes of Macon Co. picked up two road wins this past Friday night at Westmoreland. With the victory the girls claimed the regular season district title and the boys finished second.
Coach Beam’s girls came out seemingly on a mission. Both teams had a great deal of defensive intensity and Macon County had pretty even scoring in the first quarter. Reid hit a shot at the end of the period to make the score Macon 12 Westmoreland 2.
In the second quarter, 3 pt shooting by Harris and Gregory pulled the Tigerettes away early in the quarter. The Tigerettes hit a rough spot with a little sloppy play which led to some foul concerns. However, at the half Macon had opened their lead to 27 to 7 over the Eagles.
The third period was a little slow. Harris and Bean scored 9 of 11 MC points in the quarter as Brooks ran the floor. As Macon picked up their pressure the third period ended with Macon leading 38 to 12 and in full control.
Coach Beam emptied the bench and the entire roster played in the game. With the starters out, the game ended with a final score of 48 to 24 for the MC win.
Scoring were Gregory 10 pts, Brooks 4 pts, Reid 9 pts, Bean, 6 pts, Harris 11 pts, Thompson 4 pts, Wilburn 4 pts. The entire team played.
The Tigers picked up right where the Tigerettes left off. Macon came out with unbridled defensive intensity and ran away scoring the first 12 points of the game. Kempf and Grace contributed great defensive play. At the end of the first buzzer the score was Macon 25 Westmoreland 13.
In the 2nd Macon kept on firing. Kemp made one rain to run out the lead. However, the game Eagles battled back to cut the lead to 11 points. The half ended with the score 35 to 23 with the Tigers over the Eagles.
The Tigers hit a little bump in the road. Manning and Billenstien picked up their 3rd fouls fairly early in the quarter. Tiger turnovers allowed the Eagles to cut the lead to 38-30. However, Billenstien’s 3 pt. bucket seemed to pick the Tigers back up. The third period ended with Macon leading the Eagles 45 to 37.
The Eagles cut the lead to 7 at the beginning of the last quarter. However McPhearson made a block and run-out lay-up to take the lead back to eleven. A 3 point bucket by Billenstien and 3 the old fashioned way by Manning left no doubt. Final Score Macon 61 Westmoreland 50.
Scoring for the Tigers Billenstien 15 pts, Manning 13 pts, McPherson 7 pts, Grace 11 pts, Kemp 7 pts, Kempf 2 pts, Russell 4 pts, and Carter 2 pts.