It was an up-and-down week for the Arab Junior Knights, who picked up a couple of wins Tuesday night before losing all four games at Albertville on Thursday.
7TH GRADE BOYS
Arab 36, Priceville 29
The seventh grade team led 24-13 at the half, but that lead was whittled away as Priceville outscored Arab 12-1 in the third quarter on Tuesday.
“We really wanted to get off to a good start, press and get some turnovers and we did that,” said coach Jason Guger. “We wanted to come out in the third quarter, make another run and put the game away, but it was Priceville that made the run.”
The third quarter had breakdowns on both sides of the court.
“We had a lot of turnovers in that quarter but we settled down in the fourth quarter and played a little better,” Guger said.
“It was good to see us bounce back and handle the pressure of somebody coming back on us but overall we could have played better.”
Kolby Hardin led Arab with 17 points and Wyatt Lamar had five while Kaiden Story, Logan Alldredge and Evan Brazelton had three points each.
“Kaiden played really good early, Logan came in late and got some key rebounds and turnovers that helped us out and Colby had a great game,” said Guger.
Eleven of Hardin’s points came at the free throw line.
“He had a couple of 3’s that helped us pull away early but it was even more important that he hit those free throws late to help us get the lead,” Guger said.
7TH GRADE GIRLS
Arab 21, Priceville 14
A back-and-forth game in the first half, the Bulldogs’ scoreless fourth quarter ensured the Knights of a win.
“We were in the same boat as the boys,” Arab coach Terance Maze said. “We really struggled with turnovers. We challenged them to change the storyline of the game after the half but we didn’t do that in the third quarter.
“So, we challenged them to take control of the game defensively and they did that in the fourth. It ended up being the difference in the game.”
Ava Wooten led the Knights with eight points while Mattie Couch and Lilli Reynolds had four points each.
8TH GRADE BOYS
Albertville 31, Arab 27
The Knights trailed the entire game Thursday but were down only three points with 15 seconds to go before a corner 3 was off the mark.
Guger gave credit to the Aggies.
“They were the county champions last year and beat everybody handily,” he said. “They’re a very good team.”
But, Arab was in the game.
“To come out at their place early in the season and give them our best shot the way we did, I was very proud of our guys,” Guger said.
Dylan Benefield and Owen Thomas had seven points each for the Knights. J.R. Young had four points and David Crabtree had three.
8TH GRADE GIRLS
Albertville 31, Arab 17
Leading 4-3 after a quarter, it looked like the Lady Knights were going to be in this one before being outscored 14-1 in the second quarter.
“We started off pretty well but the second quarter really got us,” Maze said. “We started turning the ball over, didn’t play defense the way we needed to and we weren’t rebounding well either.”
Arab came out ready to play after halftime but still didn’t get the points it needed.
“We made some adjustments for the second half and picked up the pressure,” Maze said. “We were in a good position to do what we needed to do but we got to the free throw line and couldn’t connect.”
Bennett Elrod led the Lady Knights with eight points. Lexi Mann had five.
“We learned a lot from the game and about what we need to do,” Maze said.
7TH GRADE BOYS
Albertville 29, Arab 21
The Aggies led practically the entire way, but the Knights always seemed to be in reach.
“We didn’t play our best basketball tonight,” Guger said. “We could have played a little more team oriented and a little better on defense. But if we can get those things corrected, we can have some success this season.”
Logan Alldredge led the Knights with 12 points. Landon Strickland had three.
7TH GRADE GIRLS
Albertville 22, Arab 17
Similar to the eighth grade game, the Lady Knights were outscored 7-2 in the third quarter.
One bad quarter, that’s it,” Maze said. “I keep telling my girls if we can put four solid quarters together we’ll have a good shot to beat anybody on our schedule at the end of the year.”
Arab had a good fourth quarter.
“We finished the game well and made a run at the end but we came up short,” Maze said.
Alli Persle had seven points for the Lady Knights.