Three Arab Junior High basketball teams made it past the first round of the Marshall County Tournament this week. The event at Asbury concludes with championship games today (Thursday).
• 8TH GRADE BOYS
Arab 54, Asbury 20
The Junior Knights took care of business Monday night, jumping out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter and a 31-11 advantage at the half.
“We knew they had a couple of good players but our guys did a good job guarding them and made it difficult for them to score,” said coach Jason Guger.
“We were able to jump on them early with the press, put the ball in the basket and we kind of coasted from there but we gave good effort tonight.”
Luke Martin led the Knights with 15 points.
Zac Hallman had 13, Dylan Kirkland had six, followed by Landon Ertl and Payton Wilks with five each.
The Knights were scheduled to face top seed DAR Wednesday evening.
• 7TH GRADE BOYS
Guntersville 44, Arab 31
Arab’s season came to an end after playing it close the first half on Saturday, with the Wildcats leading 18-16 at the break.
“They had beat us handily both times during the season, so we tried to play it different and eat the clock as much as we could,” said Guger. The plan worked well until the third quarter when the Cats outscored the Knights 16-6, a run that included back-to-back 3-pointers on one trip after a quick turnover.
“I was proud of the guys. I don’t know if we could have played much better,” said Guger.
Davis Kinney had eight points, Ty Criscoe and Chase Miller had seven points each, Grant Cole had five and Bryson Trusley had four.
• 8TH GRADE GIRLS
Arab 26, DAR 19
“Defense was the key,” said coach Donnie Weaver. “They made a couple of outside shots early. We adjusted and limited their outside game, got a few steals and made some layups. Ella Blackmon got several rebounds for us and Madelynn King ran the point without a single turnover. I was really proud of both those girls.”
McKenna Tidmore led Arab with 18 points.
“McKenna had a good solid game. She had multiple steals and made 4 of 6 free throws,” said Weaver.
Molly Buck had six points and Tessa Monroe, back from knee surgery, had two. The eighth grade girls were scheduled to play DAR Wednesday afternoon and the seventh grade girls were scheduled to play Douglas at 4 p.m.