The 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship basketball tournament wrapped up yesterday at Dawson County Middle School, with the eighth-grade Riverview Lady Eagles downing the hosting Lady Tigers 31-24 to win the girls championship and the Clear Creek Middle School Bobcats defeating the Pickens County Middle School Dragons 35-24 to claim the eighth-grade boys crown.
Riverview wins intercounty title game
The Lady Eagles took control early, soaring to an 11-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Dawson finally generated some offense in the second quarter, but thanks to a widespread rebound effort by Riverview, the Lady Tigers trailed 17-6 at halftime.
Dawson matched Riverview point-for-point in the third quarter, but failed to build further momentum to cut into the deficit. The Lady Tigers started piecing together a comeback in the fourth quarter, but were unable to clip the Lady Eagles enough to finish out the surge and RMS seized the 31-24 victory.
“I have to say, this has been one of the best seasons,” said Riverview head coach Natasha Beary. “The girls have worked so hard. It was great to come play against our fellow teammates, Dawson. They were nervous, but the girls pulled it together and they came out with a win. Both teams worked hard and gave it everything they had. They put it all together at the end.”
Bobcats win rivalry game to clinch crown
As always, a Gilmer County versus Pickens County sporting event turned out to be fiercely competitive.
In the case of Clear Creek, they battled the Dragons throughout the first half. Thanks to a strong rebound performance from both teams, the Cats only led 6-5 at the end of the first period. T.C. Jarrett then landed a three with 45 seconds remaining before halftime that cut the CCMS lead to 11-10. However, C.J. Streicher landed a shot before the buzzer that put the Bobcats halftime lead at 13-10.
PCMS struggled to find the basket in the third quarter, giving Clear Creek the chance to open up a 20-10 lead. Zach Tetterton finally secured the lone Dragons bucket of the period at the 48-second mark, leaving the Bobcats advantage at 20-12 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Both offenses exploded in the fourth quarter, which allowed CCMS to hold off a 12-point Pickens fourth quarter and clinch the championship with a 35-24 victory.
“The boys absolutely get all the credit,” said CCMS coach Michael Crocker. “Their games have expanded. I think, on their own, they want to be multi-faceted. But then there’s discipline and key concepts … I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
STATS (eighth-grade Lady Eagles):
Chloe Bennett: Eight points, six rebounds, four blocks, three steals, 0/1 on free throws.
Kinsey Beaty: Six points, two rebounds, one steal.
Roxie Fricton: Six points, two rebounds, one steal.
Piper Wright: Four points, 2/2 on free throws.
Avrey Massey: Three points, three rebounds, two steals.
Ashlynn Anglin: Two points, one rebound.
Maggie Wright: Two blocks, one steal.
Kendall Martin: One rebound, one steal.
Kaselyn Martin: One rebound.
STATS (eighth-grade Lady Tigers):
Marlie Townley: 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, one block, 3/3 on free throws.
Jenna LeCours: Four rebounds, five rebounds, two steals, 2/5 on free throws.
Avery Young: Four points, three rebounds, two steals, 2/4 on free throws.
Rachel Swafford: Three points, two rebounds, one steal.
Maddie Grant: 11 rebounds, three steals, one block.
STATS (eighth-grade Bobcats):
C.J. Streicher: 11 points, 14 rebounds, one steal, 2/2 on free throws.
Alex Snelgrove: Eight points, eight rebounds, one steal, one block, 4/4 on free throws.
Luke Wimpey: Six points, two steals, 2/2 on free throws.
Connor Thompson: Three points, three rebounds, two steals, two blocks.
Tyler Wright: Three points.
Justus Bennett: Two points, three rebounds.
Mason Hadden: Two points.
STATS (eighth-grade Dragons):
Brady Moore: Eight points, three rebounds, 1/1 on free throws.
Zach Tetterton: Five points, two rebounds, one steal, 0/2 on free throws.
Hayes Pickett: Four points, seven rebounds, one steal, 4/10 on free throws.
T.C. Jarrett: Three points, seven rebounds, one steal.
Boz Gayden: Two points, two rebounds, 2/4 on free throws.
Austin Chester: Two points.
Jay Joner: One steal.
Carter Logan: One rebound.
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