The 7th and 8th grade basketball teams traveled to North Knox on Thursday night and brought home "W's". Coach Potts and Coach Hawkins report great team efforts from both squads.
In the 7th grade game the young Lions got off to another quick start thanks in part to Silas Bauer and Bryant Eckerle's work inside. The lions led 18-7 after the first quarter and and bumped that up to 34-18 at half. Coach Pott said the offensive explosion in the first half was the result of great overall team ball movement and the Lions guards ability to penetrate and dump the ball off to the post players. Eckerle and Basuer dominated the glass for most of the evening. The team turned in another balanced night in the scoring column with Bauer leading the way with 14 points. Jordan Wildman and Levi Pendley finished in double figures with 13 and 10 points. Jalen Wildman scored 8, Bryant Eckerle 6, Jace Walton 4, and Austin Brittain 2. The victory moves the 7th grade's record to 4-0.
The 8th grade unfortunately didn't enjoy the quick start in their game like the 7th grade did. Coach Hawkins' team struggled early. 8 first half turnovers and a lack of defensive intensity being the two main issues. Coach Hawkins got things straightened out at halftime and after only leading 16-11 at intermission, the Lions outscored the Warriors by 12 in the second half to post the victory by a final score of 45-28. The second half turnaround was credited to a concerted effort to battle the taller North Knox squad in the paint and chase down loose balls on the defensive end of the floor, while limiting turnovers on the offensive end of the floor. The Lions were led in scoring by Landon Harder and Sebastian Toy who scored 13 and 11 points. Alex Bowling added 7 points. The victory makes 3 in a row for the 8th grade and improves their record to 3-1 on the season.
The 7th and 8th grade hosted Forest Park in JBA on Monday evening. Both teams posted impressive victories against two pretty tall and athletic Forest Park teams. Loogootee's overall team speed and skill were definitely the deciding factors in both games.
In the 8th grade game the Lions fell behind early. In fact, the visiting Rangers led 17-10 at one point in the 2nd quarter and were threatening to runaway with the game. THe Lions hung in there and picked up the defensive intensity. After forcing a few Ranger turnovers they were able to get a couple of lay-us and a 3 pointer to tie the game at 17. Neither team scored in the final minute of the half and the score remained tied at halftime. Loogootee continued to assault the visiting Rangers with the full court press in the 2nd half which allowed them to take control of the game. The press got the offense rolling and the 8th grade scored an impressive 26 second half points to come away with a 43-36 victory.
The Lions had several players enter the scoring column. They were led by Landon Harder's 11 ponts. Sebastion Toy also hit double figures with 10. Christopher Jones added 7. The 8th grade improved their record to 2-1.
In the 7th grade game the Lions raced up and down the court enroute to a 17-5 first quarter lead. They were able to extend that lead to 29-8 at halftime. Most of the early damage started with the defensive pressure of the Lions. This defensive intensity allowe the home team to create many turnovers which in turn led to quality scoring opportunities. Bryant Eckerle and Levi Pendley jump stared the Lions offense with several early baskets. Loogootee's ball movement was particulary impressive in the first half.
Jalen Wildman led the offense with 13 points, Pendley finished with 12, Eckerle with 9, and Jase Walton scored 7.
Both teams are in action again on Thursday when they travel to North Knox.
The 7th and 8th grade teams traveled to Shoals on Saturday morning and came away with a couple of impressive victories.
The 7th grade jumped out to an early 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased that lead to 33-11 at intermission. It was more of the same for the Lions in the second half as they finished the game on top 60-24. The Lions had three players in double figures led by Silas Bauer's 15 points. Levi Pendley and Jordan Wildman both finished with 11 points. The 7th grade was once again balanced in the scoring column as Jalen Wildman had 7 points, Jace Walton and Seth Blackwell 5 points, Bryant Eckerle scored 4 and Austin Britain chipped in with 2. Coach Pott commented, "Our kids played hard all game, especially Austin Britain. Austin came off the bench and and really sparked us with his effort." He went on to say, "I was impressed that we had 15 assists as a team. We need to continue to work on our defense and our ability to contain the dribble."
The 8th grade evened their record on the season to 1-1 with a 43-24 victory. The Lions jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but seemed to struggle to score in the 2nd period. They took a narrow 1 pont lead into the lockeroom at halftime. Coach Hawkins employed a full court press in the third quarter which proved to be just the perfect perscription for the ailing Lions offense. The defensive pressure created numerous Shoals turnovers and subsequent scoring opportunities for the visitors. The Lions cruised in the second have to post the 19 point victory. Landon Harder and Connor Hedrick led a balanced scoring attack for Loogootee as they both tallied 9 points in the victory.
The 7th and 8th grade will be in action again Monday evening when the Forest Park Rangers visit JBA.
The 7th and 8th grade basketball teams opened their seasons Tuesday night at Barr Reeve. The 7th grade started their season out on the right foot with a 29-24 victory. While the 8th grade lost their game 31-19 they showed progress thoughout the contest and will look to build off a solid performance.
The 7th grade led 6-4 at the end of the first quarter and bumped that lead up to 14-10 at halftime. The Lions gave up most of that lead while only leading 21-20 heading into the final period, but were able to pull out a 29-24 victory in the end. Coach Mark Potts said, "Jalen Wildman was a spark for us, scoring 11 points. Silas Bauer played big grabbing 9 rebounds, while also scoring 6 points." Coach Potts also commended Levi Pendley's effort in handling the ball versus pressure, and Bryant Eckerle, Jase Walton, Jordan Wildman, and Seth Blackwell's efforts at the defensive end of the floor. The victory moves the 7th grade to 1-0. Their next game is at Shoals on Saturday.
Early foul trouble, poor shooting, and turnovers cause the 8th grade to fall behind 18-7 at half. The Lions improved their execution thoughout the course of the game before losing by a final score of 31-19. Coach Jordan Hawkins' team showed good scoring balance as he had 7 different players enter the scoring column. Max Blackwell led the Lions with 6 points. The 8th grade is also back in action on Saturday at Shoals.
The 8th grade is playing in the Bloomfield Shootout on Saturday. Game times are as follows:
9:40 am vs Pike Central
12:10 pm vs Bloomfield
2:40 pm vs Mitchell
Players should be at the gym by 9 am. Coach Potts will bring the uniforms.]]>
Our 8th grade travels to Olney C.C on Monday for a summer shootout. Here is their schedule:
*Note all times are Central Standard Time.
9 am Lootootee vs Olney
10:30 am Loogootee vs Paxton
Noon Loogootee vs Paris
2:15 pm Loogootee vs Raccoon]]>