By Mark Darnell
The Macon County Junior High School Basketball teams were in action this week. They played two home games and one away game.
On Monday November 8th, Jackson County came to town. In the girls game, the Junior Tigerettes came out, guns ablaze. Even with some sloppy turnovers in the first half, they led 20 to 11. In the Second half, the inside-out combination of Welch and Clark proved too much as Macon beat Jackson Co. 41-28. Scoring for Macon was Lindsey Belton 5 pts, Kassidy Brooks 2 pts, Jordan Shockley 2 pts, Paige Clark 21 pts, Abby Welch 11 pts. Jenna Russell, Brandi Garmon, Kenzie Green, and Jordan Hauskins played but did not score.
In the boy’s game with Jackson Co, Macon jumped out to a 7-0 lead early. The athleticism and full court press was just too much for the Blue Devils to handle and Macon led 31-9 at the half. By the end of the third quarter Macon had built up a big enough cushion for Coach Wes Claiborne to empty the bench the entire 4th quarter. Macon beat Jackson Co. 53-23. Scoring for the Tigers was Evan Perrigo 17 pts, Clay Carnahan 5 pts, Kendrick Carter 10 pts, Trace McPherson 6 pts, Michael Ashburn 2 pts, Gene Carman IV 4 pts, Jed Coley 6 pts, and Nick Hill 3 pts. Matt Austin, Matt Hudson, Trevor Swindle, and Tanner Lowhorn played but did not score.
On Tuesday November 8th, Monroe Co., KY came calling on Macon Co. Junior High. The Junior Tigerettes came out hot early but cooled in the second period, scoring only three of their thirteen first half points and trailed Monroe 13-16 at half. The girls came out and shut down their opponents and picked up the scoring themselves. Final Score MCJHS 40 Monroe Co., KY 28. Scoring for Macon was: Belton 7, Brooks 6, Shockley 1, Clark 8, Welch 9, Garmon 3, Green 3, Lucy Allen 2, and McKenzie Mercer 1 point. Russell, Hoskins, Sarah Carter, and Allie Dixon played but did not score.
In the boy’s game, Monroe came out with some grit and led at the end of the first. However, the three point shot picked up the Tigers and they took the lead at half 27-17. Defense was the name of the game in the second as the Tigers pulled away for the win by a score of 55-34. Scoring for the Tigers was: Perrigo 5, Carnahan 13, Carter 3, McPherson 14, Ashburn 7, Hudson 8, Carman 1, and Coley 4 pts. Austin played but did not score.
On Thursday November 10th, MCJHS travelled to White House Heritage for two matches whom many believed would test the Macon teams. Defense and poor scoring was the theme for both teams in the girls contest as MCJHS trailed White House Heritage 7-11 at half. Macon picked it up in the 4th quarter as Welch got the hot hand and tied the game at the end of regulation 20 all. Shockley scored all three of her points in overtime as the Junior Tigerettes won 25-22 in the bonus period. Scoring for Macon was: Belton 10, Brooks 2, Shockley 3, Clark 3, and Welch 7 pts. Green, Russell, and Allen all played but did not score.
The Junior Tigers dominated the team from Sumner County. The front court play of Perrigo and McPherson was working like clock-work as they paced the team to a 27-16 lead in the first half. Balanced scoring and great defense was the key for Macon and they held White House Heritage to zero points in the entire 4th quarter winning the contest by a score of 44-22. Scoring was: Austin 4, Perrigo 16, Carnahan 2, Carter 3, McPherson 10, Ashburn 2, Hudson 4, Carman 2, and Dillon Swindle 1 point. Coley, Hill, Lowhorn, and T. Swindle all played but did not score.
Both teams were able to bring their records to 7-0 for the season. This coming week they face inter-county rival, Red Boiling Springs, on the 14th in RBS and Mt. Juliet Middle in Mt. Juliet on the 21st. All games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time.