Lake Hamilton’s surge at the end of the first half proves decisive against Bryant White

By Rob Patrick

Photos by Kevin Nagle 

The Lake Hamilton Junior Wolves eighth grade team went on a 10-0 spree in the final[more] 2:35 of the first half to break open a one-point game on their way to a 29-20 victory over the Bryant White Hornets at Bryant Middle School gym Monday.

Bryant White coach Heath Long exhorts his team. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

A free throw by Jake Scoggins and a basket by Cameron Murray off a nice feed from Simeon Watson had the Hornets ahead 3-1 early but missed opportunities allowed the Wolves to tie it going into the second quarter.

After Lake Hamilton scored the first basket of the second period, Kameron Guillory hit a free throw to make it 5-4. Moments later, Scoggins countered a Lake Hamilton basket to keep the Hornets within 7-6 at the 2:54 mark.

Dylan Hurt (11) sends up a shot. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

But Bryant White was unable to score the rest of the half as the Wolves built a 17-6 lead at the break. And, with the first basket of the third quarter, they led 19-6.

An offensive rebound basket by Dylan Hurt broke the Hornets’ dry spell but the Wolves surged to a 25-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Hornets whittled on the margin on free throws by Watson and Guillory and a jumper in the lane by Dagin Carden. And when Guillory blocked a Lake Hamilton shot on the defensive end, the Wolves took a timeout with 2:55 left to play and their lead down to 25-16.

When play resumed, however, they forced a Hornets turnover and took advantage by scoring with 2:05 left.

Scoggins fed Murray for a basket, then blocked a shot on the other end. With 1:04 to go, Trey Harris fed Scoggins for a bucket that had Bryant White within 7 but a late basket by the Wolves set the final score.

Murray finished with 6 points to lead the Hornets. Scoggins had 5, Guillory 3 with Watson, Hurt and Carden finishing with 2 each.

The Hornets are scheduled to play at Bauxite tonight.


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