Thursday evening found the NCOE Junior High basketball team venturing to Grayville to take on the Jr. Bison in a non conference matchup. This game got off to a very favorable start for NCOE as they managed to hold the 14-10 lead following one quarter of play. The tide changed in the second quarter when turnovers played a large part for the Junior Cardinals. This defensive letdown found the Jr. Bison outscoring NCOE 19-7 to claim the 29-21 halftime advantage.
Following halftime, the Jr. Bison went on an offensive roll as they outscored the Junior Cardinals 35-12 in the remaining two quarters to hold off NCOE by the final score of 64-33. This loss drops the Jr. Cards to 0-2 on the young season.
The NCOE offense was led by Bryer Sauls with 11 points followed by Spencer Shipp and Zeke Baumgart with six points a piece, Nolan Prather and Dayton Tharp with four points each, and Brockton Washburn two points. Washburn led the assist column with three followed by Baumgart with two, Tharp one, and Sauls one.
Both Spencer Shipp and Brockton Washburn controlled the rebounding with eight rebounds a piece while Dayton Tharp collected seven followed by Bryer Sauls with four, Dylan McPherson four, Nolan Prather three, and Zeke Baumgart two. Washburn gathered a team high three steals while Shipp, Baumgart, and McPherson added one a piece.
Junior Varsity action would witness a very balanced first quarter with both teams trading baskets but as the first quarter would close, the Jr. Cards would cling to a 8-7 advantage. This lead would swell to to six points at halftime following an 11-6 second quarter advantage by the Junior Cardinals.
When play resumed the Grayville defense stepped it up to hold the NCOE offense scoreless in the third frame to once again bring the score back to a one point advantage for the Jr. Cards. The fourth quarter would then witness NCOE returning the favor and holding the Jr. Bison scoreless along with adding 11 more points to their total to collect their first win of the year by the final score of 30-18.
Conner Graves led the offense for the Jayvee squad (1-1) with eight points. Javan Garrett and Bryer Sauls followed closely with seven points each while Kade Bond, Caden Sexton, Owen Russell, and Jaxen Simmons each added two points. Garrett, Sexton, Russell, Graves, and Wyatt Wells would each be credited with one assist in the game.
Bryer Sauls, Caden Sexton, and Conner Graves would share rebounding honors with seven each followed by Kade Bond with six, Owen Russell three, Wyatt Wells two, Javan Garrett one, and Jaxen Simmons one. Garrett and Sexton paced the team with three steals each while Sauls and Wells would add two a piece along with one from Bond and Russell.
NCOE will take part in the annual Gallatin County Junior High Tournament the week of November 4th.
Varsity 1 2 3 4 Final
NCOE 14 7 3 9 33
G-ville 10 19 20 15 64
JV 1 2 3 4 Final
NCOE 8 11 0 11 30
G-ville 7 6 5 0 18