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Braxton varsity boys rebound from two
losses to beat South Harrison’s Hawks
Recovering from back-to-back losses to Charleston Catholic and Roane County early in the week, the Eagles defeated South Harrison last Thursday.
Even though three Braxton players scored in double figures against Charleston Catholic, the Irish downed the Eagles 66-47. Braxton coach Josh Lunceford felt his team “played a decent game Monday against Catholic but made too many little mistakes versus a team that good.” The three Eagles in double figures in that game were Tayton Stout with 14, Trae Stout 12, and Josh Skidmore 10.
Eagles’ jv squad wins two of three games
Braxton’s junior varsity boys defeated Charleston Catholic and South Harrison last week but lost to Roane County’s jv team.
On Monday night, the junior varsity squad outscored Charleston Catholic’s jv in three of four quarters for a 50-41 win. After taking a one-point lead in the first quarter, the young Eagles found themselves trailing by one at halftime. By the end of the third period, they had gone up 33-29, and they held on for the win. Leading Braxton’s scoring, Payton Lockard put in 20 points. Also in double figures was Heath Cottrill with 12.
Lady Eagles score three victories against one loss
With four games in five days last week, Braxton’s varsity girls went 3-1. The Lady Eagles had wins over Lewis, South Harrison, and Calhoun. They lost to Roane. Head coach Keith Greene, commenting on the busy week, said, “Monday we played Lewis who beat us earlier in the year by 20 to win in an exciting game by two. It was a very busy week, and I’m proud of the team and all they had to do this week.”
In Monday’s 57-55 win over Lewis, the Eagles led by three at halftime and advanced their lead to six by the end of the third quarter. Although Lewis outscored Braxton 17-13 in the fourth quarter, the Lady Eagles held on for the two-point win. Two Braxton players scored in double figures against Lewis. Logan Frame led the scoring with 18 points, and Kendra Houghton added 16. Kate Golinsky pulled down 12 rebounds.
Eagles place third in Braxton Invitational Wrestling Tournament
Although Braxton’s wrestling teams have placed higher in some of the previous Big 16 tournaments, Coach Sterling Beane was still pleased with the third place trophy his wrestlers earned last weekend in Braxton’s own tournament. The coach reported that 19 teams competed in the two-day event. Independence, whom the Braxton coach referred to as “a tremendous team,” won the tournament with 291 ½ points. Placing second was Greenbrier West with 211 ½ points. Braxton’s third place came with 169 ½ points.
Eight Braxton matmen wrestled their way to trophies. Leading the way were the five who finished third. Those are Dylan Dennison, 113; K.C. Hoard, 126; Daniel Hoard, 138; Bryson Dennison, 160; and Levi Jarvis, 170. Branden Batten, 132, and Colby Flinn, 152, both finished fifth. Caleb Whitney, at 145, finished sixth.
Lady Eagles’ junior varsity has good week with three wins
Although they played three games in three nights last week, the Lady Eagles’ jv squad scored three wins. Their first victory, a 43-33 win over the Lewis County jv, came on Monday night. They defeated Webster’s jv 52-27 Tuesday night and outscored Roane 44-39 in double overtime Wednesday.
“We played well against Lewis,” Coach Jerry Frame said. “Our press worked well in that game,” he added. Braxton trailed after the first quarter but went ahead by halftime. After the second-quarter comeback, the young Lady Eagles led the rest of the game. Hollis Skidmore, with 17 points, led Braxton’s scoring against Lewis.
Tuesday night’s victory over Webster’s jv came from a team whose coach described as having “played very well, shot well and worked great defensively.” With 14 points against Webster, Skidmore led Braxton’s scoring once again.
Lady Knights down Geary and Calhoun, lose to Clay
After defeating Geary last Tuesday, the Lady Knights varsity girls lost to Clay on Thursday. They bounced back to defeat Calhoun Friday. “The 27-5 win over Geary,” Knights’ coach David Cook said, “meant that a lot of girls got to play. Explaining the wide margin of victory, Cook said that Geary “had only seven players.” In that game, Lillie Ware led the Lady Knights with 11 points. Mikayla Brown scored 2, Bethany Riffle 5, Emile Miller 3, Lacey Liston 2, and Elainah Uldrich 4.
Knights’ varsity and jv boys both score wins over Spencer
Coach Gary Rexroad saw both his varsity and junior varsity teams defeat Spencer last Friday night. With a strong comeback effort, the varsity squad won 43-34. In that game, Braxton was down by five points going into the fourth quarter. In that quarter, they scored 20 points to seal the win. Coach Rexroad mentioned that in the fourth his team made 12 of 15 free throws. “That won the game for us,” he said.
Two players scored in double figures in the varsity game. Blake Withrow led with 19 points, eight of which came in the strong fourth quarter. Also in double figures, Jacob Oates scored 11. Other scoring included Jeremy King with 2, Tyler Toler 9, and Jay Cooper 2.
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