Middle school boys split with Eagles
By Don Brown
The middle school boys basketball teams split a pair of games Thursday night against the visiting Ohio County Eagles.
In the first game, the seventh-graders won 39-27 won behind Spencer Sharp’s 13-point night and a double-double effort from Isaac Jarboe.
In the eighth-grade game, the Eagles got 25 points from Logan Sandefur as they defeated the Cougars 36-26.
After trailing 12-10 at the end of the first period, the Cougars held the visitors scoreless in the second period and led 21-12 at the half.
Grayson County then scored the first four points of the third quarter to complete a 15-0 run that put them ahead by 13 points, 25-12 at the 4:12 mark. They led by 16 points, 32-16 heading into the final period of play.
In addition to his 13 points, Sharp added three rebounds and three assists. Jarboe scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and made it a double-double night by pulling down 11 rebounds. Jarboe also had three assists on the night and led the team with five steals.
Ryan Johnson started at guard in place of the ailing Logan Majors and had a fine night for himself, with eight points, three rebounds, and four steals. Josh Embry and Caleb Ray both finished with three points, with Embry adding two assists and four steals.
Tyler Williams added one point to complete the Cougar scoring.
Sandefur hit four shots from behind the arc and scored nearly as many points by himself as the entire Cougar team could muster.
The Ohio County guard scored 18 of his points in the first half to lead his team to a 24-18 halftime lead. The Cougars pulled to within five points of the lead twice in the third quarter, but trailed by seven, 32-25 heading into the final period.
After Sandefur scored to put the Eagles up by nine, 34-25 with 4:22 left to play, the Eagles held the ball, running more than two minutes off the clock before Luke Hendrick scored to make it an 11-point game with just over two minutes left.
Jack Davis and Spencer Sharp led the Cougars in scoring with six points apiece, and Davis led the team in rebounding with eight boards. Jackson Parker had five points, while Jordan Stallings had four points and four rebounds.
Rylee Shoemaker and Josh Embry had two points each, and Shoemaker added four rebounds. Bryson Lowe completed the scoring with one point.
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