The eighth grade boys and girls picked up wins at home against Boaz last Thursday, and the girls continued their winning ways at Supreme Courts on Saturday.

• 8TH GRADE BOYS

Arab 50, Boaz 46

Clutch free throws late may very well have saved the day for the Knights, who had a 15-point (39-24) lead after three quarters.

“I often think of myself as a defensive coach and giving up that many points in one quarter was pretty tough to take,” said coach Jason Guger.

Davis Kinney, who had seven points in the game, hit two free throws with 18 seconds left that gave the Knights a little breathing room with a three-point lead. The Pirates still came close, though, before charged with traveling on a hard drive to the basket that turned the ball back over to Arab.

“It was a fun game for the fans and Arab came out on top, so I was pleased with that,” said Guger. “We played good for about three and a half quarters, but that shows how quickly a lead can get away from you.”

Chase Miller had 12 points, Chandler Moore nine and Ty Criscoe eight.

Oneonta 35, Arab 30

“We shot really well against Boaz but contrary to that, we didn’t shoot well at all Saturday,” said Guger.

The Knights had only one 3-pointer for the game in a relatively close contest at Supreme Courts. Moore had eight points, Miller seven and Ty Babb four.

• 7TH GRADE BOYS

Boaz 29, Arab 19

“We got a couple of guys back from the flu virus but we still didn’t have much energy,” said Guger.

The Knights were down 22-15 at the half.

“I thought we played OK defensively tonight, we just couldn’t make a run of our own.” Guger said. “Tucker Willis came up big for us tonigh, though. He had an exceptional game.”

Guger. Willis hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points.

Jasper 33, Arab 30

“Close game for sure and overall we played pretty good,” said Guger. “They pressed us for three quarters but I thought we handled it well.”

Brayden Davis had eight points, Willis 6, Eli Williams five and Drayden Marsh four.

• 8TH GRADE GIRLS

Arab 52, Boaz 2

No typo, no misprint. The undefeated season continued for the Lady Knights in high fashion.

“That game goes back to how they practiced,” said coach Donnie Weaver. “We had worked hard the day before on our man-to-man defense and wanted to try it.

“We got a lot of steals and shot well so we built up a big lead fast. We pressed about half of the first

quarter and that was it.”

Hailey Price led Arab with 16 points, Raylee Morrow had nine, Jill Stapler seven and Halle McCrary had six.

Arab 35, East Limestone 22

Saturday, the girls scored another convincing win but it wasn’t so promising early as the Knights found themselves down 11-2 early in the second quarter.

“We came out sluggish and East Limestone was very fast and athletic,” said Weaver. “That gave us some problems but we finally got started and went on a 33-11 run.”

Lauren Lambert had a breakout game for Arab with 15 points. Millie Lackey had 13 and Lela Hipp had seven.

“Millie had nine steals, too, and that was the big difference in the game,” said Weaver.

• 7TH GRADE GIRLS

Boaz 39, Arab 17

The Pirates got a late 3 to close out the first half with a 20-13 lead over the Knights, who had a respectable start.

“At Boaz, we kind of got blown out and I thought tonight we were ready to play,” said Weaver. “We looked good for the majority of the first half, but in the second half we couldn’t buy a shot and our defense wasn’t what it should be.”

Madelyn Toth had six points and Della Beard four for the Knights.

Arab 36, Cullman 17

The girls came back strong Saturday.

“One of our best players was out sick, and despite that we probably had the best effort we’ve had this season,” said Weaver. “We played a full four-quarter game and had great hustle. It was a big win for us.”

Della Beard had 12 points and Madison Hartline had nine.

“Madison had an outstanding game applying a lot of pressure on the ball-handler and creating turnovers,” said Weaver.

Ali Parker, Addi Hopkins and Krysten Tull had four points each.

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