The Arab Junior High School girls teams returned to action at home on Tuesday, but unfortunately for the boys teams, the season has come to an end due to the coronavirus.
“We didn’t practice at all before Christmas and had two volunteer open gym days for the kids between Christmas and New Year’s,” said coach Jason Guger. “Everything went fine and no one had any symptoms but after the second practice, one player got a fever and tested positive, so all 19 players that worked out had to go in quarantine.
“It wiped us out.”
Guger said with the county tournament being cancelled, it softened the situation – somewhat.
“We only had two games to play and the tournament but we were really looking forward to that,” said Guger. “The seventh grade finished at 11-2 and were six points away from being undefeated. The eighth grade was 8-3 and had won five in a row, so we hated to see the season end that way,” Guger said.
“I thought both teams were going in the right direction and would have been a factor in the county. We understand the situation but those dreams aren’t attainable and you hate to see that for the kids.
“But, both teams had a very good year.”
• 8TH GRADE GIRLS
Boaz 21, Arab 20
The Lady Knights jumped out to a 9-0 lead only to let the game slip away at the end. Arab had their chances for the win late but couldn’t get a good shot, and Boaz pulled in the rebounds when it counted.
“I thought we had a good start, probably the best start we’ve had all season,” said coach Terance Maze. “But they battled their way back and after that nice lead, we only scored 11 points the rest of the way.”
Julie Stapler led the Knights with six points, Ava Kinney had five, Ava Wooten and Ella Bradshaw had three points each, Maleah Wooten two and Emma Babb one.
“You just have to give credit to Boaz,” said Maze. “They stepped up their defense and they have a good offensive team. We just struggled down the stretch. We fouled too much, didn’t get rebounds, and missed our own free throws when we really needed them.
“I’m proud of how hard we fought, but we’ve just got to execute better than that.”
• 7TH GRADE GIRLS
Arab 23, Boaz 11
The Lady Knights found themselves down 7-5 at the half before Molly Buck hit four 3-pointers, all in the third quarter, to turn the game around for Arab.
“We started slow and didn’t score at all the second quarter,” said Maze. “Molly hitting those four 3’s was huge but it really started on the defensive end. We were able to pressure them, get some rebounds and with Molly getting the hot hand, it all came together.
“It was a good win for us.”
Buck led the Knights with 12 points, McKennah Tidmore had six and Kylie Mashburn had five.
The Lady Knights are scheduled to close out the year hosting Albertville tonight. The eighth grade girls are 6-7 and the seventh grade team is 5-8.