The Arab Junior Knights went 3-1 Thursday night before competing in the Parkside Tournament yesterday and today.
While the eighth grade games were both low-scoring affairs, they were also just as tense as any other close game as each team turned up the heat on defense.
• 8TH GRADE BOYS
Arab 30, Guntersville 25
Arab seemed to be in control for the better part of the game, but the Wildcats kept it close and were never out of range. The Knights led 14-10 at the half and held on at the end when Guntersville started to close in again.
Ryan King led the Knights with 10 points, Owen Thomas had seven and Dylan Bennefield had six.
Overall coach Jason Guger was pleased as his team picked up its second win of the year over the Wildcats.
“Several kids came up big and played very well for us tonight,” he said. “It was a great win.”
• 8TH GRADE GIRLS
Arab 24, Guntersville 21
The Lady Knights outscored the Wildcats 8-4 in the final quarter to get the win in a very physical contest.
Coach Terance Maze was pleased with how his team played late in the game, but felt they had a slow start.
“It was a good win for us but we didn’t play very well tonight,” he said. “We played decent defense but down the stretch we executed what we wanted to do, got some key rebounds and finally got some buckets to go.
“Guntersville is really good and they’re getting better, so I was really proud of the girls.”
Karlie Westbrook led Arab with seven points, Maleah Wooten had five and Marissa Pope had four.
• 7TH GRADE GIRLS
Arab 42, Guntersville 8
The Lady Knights coasted in this game, including outscoring Guntersville 15-0 in the third quarter. Ava Kinney had nine points, Shea Kelley and Lilli Reynolds had eight points each, and Alli Persle had five.
• 7TH GRADE BOYS
Guntersville 41, Arab 27
The Knights’ only loss of the night came at the expense of a good Guntersville team that put up 20 points in the third quarter alone.
“They have a good team,” said Guger. “We played them pretty close at their place but we had one really bad quarter tonight and couldn’t stop the bleeding.”
Carson Jennings and Noah Mann had five points each for the Knights. Evan Brazelton and Landon Strickland each added four points.