An unusually heavy workload for Arab Junior High’s basketball teams got a little lighter with Tuesday’s cancellation of a four-game set of home games against Cullman.
Still, the seventh and eighth grade boys and girls teams stayed plenty busy over the last week, playing multiple games in a weekend tournament at Warrenton in addition to two regular-season contests.
• 8TH GRADE BOYS
Priceville 37, Arab 21
Another good night for Carson Jennings, who had 12 points, but otherwise it was a long night last Thursday for the eighth grade boys.
“We struggled from the tip,” said coach Jason Guger. “Priceville was ready to play.”
Evan Brazelton added four points for Arab.
Arab 24, McNair 21 (SS)
Playing in the Sure Shot Tournament at Warrenton on Friday, the eighth graders pulled out a win against McNair.
“They’re a feeder school for Mae Jemison and were probably more athletic than us, so we slowed the game down a bit and took quality shots,” said Guger.
It paid off. Jennings led the Knights with 11, Brazelton had five and Drew Puccio four.
Arab 50, Skyline 25 (SS)
“We had a size advantage and were a little more athletic, too,” said Guger. “Our guys did a good job with the press and a great job finishing in transition.”
Brazelton had another big game with 18 points, Logan Alldredge had eight, Puccio seven and Wyatt Lamar had six.
Arab 33, Scottsboro 20
The Knights came back from the Sure Shot Tournament to get a solid home win on Monday.
Arab jumped out to an early 9-0 lead.
“We had a quick start,” Guger said. “We were able to turn the ball over with our press and later we were able to milk the clock a little bit.
“Our guys did a good job of taking care of the ball.”
Puccio led the Knights with 10 points and Brazelton had nine while Jennings and Alldredge had five points each.
The eighth grade boys are now 6-3.
• 7TH GRADE BOYS
Arab 34, Priceville 7
”That was the kind of response you want to see after the loss to Guntersville,” Guger said of last Thursday’s game. “We really took care of business.”
Zac Hallman had a big game with 14 points and Brandon Morris had six while Cole Smith and Luke Martin added four each.
Appalachian 38, Arab 34 (SS)
“We struggled defensively and did a poor job communicating on the floor. It was a different atmosphere, though, and it took some getting used to,” Guger said.
Martin had 13 points and Hallman 10 in the loss.
Arab 53, Fort Payne 25 (SS)
“We responded well when we came back Saturday,” Guger said.
Martin had 19 points in the win, Hallman 14, Dylan Kirkland six and Carter Kelley five.
Arab 39, Scottsboro 36
“We had a decent lead and let them back in the ballgame,” said Guger. “Scottsboro did a good job of clawing back and getting some shots late.”
The Wildcats came up empty on a midcourt shot that would have tied the game in the closing seconds.
“I was proud of our guys. They did a good job all fourquarters,” said Guger.
Martin had another good night with 12 points, Hallman had nine, Kirkland eight and Kellan Reaves had six. The seventh grade boys are 7-2.
• 8TH GRADE GIRLS
Priceville 34, Arab 21
“The free throw line was the big difference,” said Coach Terance Maze. “We felt like we had a good game plan going in and we executed really well to begin the game.”
Arab actually jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
“It went downhill from there,” said Maze.
The Lady Knights connected on only 6-of-22 free throws. Emma Babb was 4-of-6 at the line and had four points, as did Ava Wooten.
Scottsboro 42, Arab 14 (SS)
Maleah Wooten and Ava Kinney had five points each.
Arab 19, Fort Payne 17 (SS)
“We played really well defensively,” said Maze.
Kinney had six points and Ella Bradshaw had five.
Scottsboro 34, Arab 32
On Monday night, the Lady Knights played much better against the Wildcats but scored only one point in the first quarter and two in the third.
“We had a great second quarter and did a good job of executing the game plan,” said Maze. “We turned the ball over a couple of times down the stretch and let it get away from us, but overall we were much improved.”
Ava Wooten had 11 points and Kinney had 10. Babb and Alli Persle had four each.
• 7TH GRADE GIRLS
The Sure Shot Tournament last weekend proved to be a tough order for the Lady Knights, who lost three straight. They did not play Priceville the day before.
Fort Payne 48, Arab 25
McKenna Tidmore had 14 points
Centre 35, Arab 17
Kaylie Mashburn had six points.
Cullman 50, Arab 5
The Bearcats connected on six 3-pointers in the game. Mashburn had three for Arab.
Scottsboro 52, Arab 12
“We started well again tonight and had a good first quarter,” Maze said about Monday’s game as the team returned to regular-season play. “But, we got down a little bit in the second and never could recover.”
Brooklyn Jennings led the Knights with five points.
“We had too many turnovers and we’re just not playing well defensively,” said Maze. “I believe if our defense will pick up, we’ll be fine but we’ve got some work to do.”
• Schedules for all teams are changing daily because of the pandemic. Thursday's games at Boaz have been postponed.
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