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Macon gets in three nights of basketball

Dodging the sleet and rain, the basketball programs at Macon County High School were able to squeeze in three nights of basketball last week.

On Monday Jan 30th Westmoreland came to Lafayette. The Tigerettes came out focused and Coach Thompson had a new wrinkle for offense that proved productive in the first half. Macon led 15-14 after the first quarter and the game was tied 25-25 at halftime.

With fans feeling hopeful about the Tigerettes, the Lady Eagles simply took over in the second half. They simply converted opportunities and Macon committed most of their 11 turnovers in the game in the last two periods. The Tigerettes could only score four points in the third and six in the fourth. Westmoreland would go on to win 46-35 in a game that was extremely tight for 24 minutes.

Scoring for Macon was: Karly Ramsey 11, Allie Thompson 10, Kaydence Walrond 7, Natalie Green 3, Laityn Kirby 2, and Cadence Carter 2.

It was Senior Night at Nera White Gymnasium and three players and three cheer members were participating in their last home game. Cadence Carter, Bryson Higgins, Jack Hogin, Isabella Simons, Mason Swindle, and Allie Thompson are all members of the Class of 2023. We wish them all the best in their future and thank them for their efforts.

In the boys game, it seemed there was a lid on the bucket for the Tigers for most of the contest. Macon trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter and 23-11 at halftime. It was a better effort for the Tigers, but they simply could not find any offense when they needed it. Westmoreland slowly pulled way and won this game 54-28.

Scoring was: Braylon Flowers 2, Cason Gregory 18, Brady Driver 2, Jack Hogin 4, and McKade Mix 2.

Macon had to reschedule the game from Tuesday night to Thursday Feb 2nd at DeKalb County. Macon fell behind 26-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Tigerettes were able to score but so was DeKalb. Macon trailed 32-47 at the break.

Macon did something that has been done to them for the past two seasons; they began pressing in the second half. This pressure paid off. Slowly Macon crawled back into the game. They trailed 49-63 at the end of the third and got it all the way to 76-77 late in the game. However, DeKalb hung on and claimed an 85-80 win.

Scoring was: Ramsey 22, Walrond 18, Kirby 13, Thompson 12, Green 11, and Katie Shockley 4. This marks the first game all season where not only three players were in double figures, let alone all five starters.

The boys game was much like the girls. Macon fell behind 14-20 after the first eight minutes but simply could not cut into the deficit. With the score 35-27 at the half, DeKalb exploded for a 23 point third quarter and cruised to a 68-49 win.

Scoring was: Bandy 4 points, Driver 2, Gregory 7, Dalton Hudson 17, Lee Jenkins 3, Braylon Marshall 2, Mix 10, and Jay Wilson 2 points.

Macon County would close out the week with a district game at Stone Memorial on Friday Feb 3rd. The Tigerettes trailed 15-18 after the first period and 24-32 at the half. They would keep the game close but were unable to ever cut into the Lady Panther lead. Stone wins 59-51.

Scoring for Macon was: Walrond 17, Ramsey 13, Thompson 11, Kirby 7, Shockley 2, and Green 1.

Stone’s boys team has been tearing through district teams and is undefeated in league play. In this David versus Goliath matchup, the Panthers were just too much for the Tigers. Stone clinches first place in the region with an 89-29 win.

Scoring for Macon was: Gregory 12, Hudson 8, Correy Shrum 4, Flowers 1, Marshall 1, Mix 2, and Garron West 1.

This week Macon County will close out the regular season with games at White County on Feb 7th and Clay County on Feb 9th.