It was tough going for the Arab Junior Knights on Tuesday night with only the eighth grade girls getting a win, and that wasn’t easy.

8TH GRADE GIRLS

Arab 20, Hartselle 18

In a game that was close all the way, the Lady Knights were able to scratch out the lone victory of the night for Arab.

“I told the girls we hated to lose to Albertville last week but it was good for us,” said coach Terance Maze. “That game showed us what we needed to improve on and we executed well tonight.

“We got good shots and rebounded well but we really stepped it up on the defensive end with some man-to-man pressure. It was back and forth the whole game and I was proud of how we closed the game.”

A big part of that was Bennett Elrod, who got two key shots late and finished with 13 points. “She’s been playing good so far but tonight was kind of her coming out game,” said Maze. “She took care of the ball, played good defense, rebounded and got to the free throw line.

“As a team, if we can get to the free throw line, I think it opens up our offense.”

Arab improved to 3-1.

7TH GRADE GIRLS

Hartselle 37, Arab 6

The Lady Knights were never in this one.

“We struggled from the get-go, but Hartselle is a good team,” Maze said. “We still had good effort but we have to do some different things to execute down the stretch and make some plays.”

Alli Persle had three points, Ava Wooten two and Emma Grace Babb one for the Lady Knights.

8TH GRADE BOYS

Hartselle 70, Arab 21

“We struggled to find an offense against their zone press,” said coach Jason Guger.

The Knights were down 35-11 at the end of the second quarter.

“We tried four different defenses in the second half and didn’t have much success.

“You just have to give it to Hartselle. They have a great team and we’ve got to keep working,” he said.

Owen Thomas led the Knights with six points and Dylan Morrow had three.

7TH GRADE BOYS

Hartselle 36, Arab 17

It was a long night for the seventh graders.

“We started the game sloppy,” Guger said. “We had five turnovers in our first six possessions. We cleaned it up a little bit after that but it was too late.

“We played a better second half but overall we’ve got a lot of room to improve.”

Noah Mann had six points and Carson Jennings had three for the Knights.

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