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Middle school varsity tourney sees day 2 action

Claiborne County middle school teams reassembled Dec. 5 at Claiborne High School for round two action of the Claiborne County Varsity Middle School Basketball Tournament. Highlighting the action was a 20-point effort from Gracie Ray in a loss to Forge Ridge and a 16-point effort by Livesay’s Ashtyn Meyers. Kylie Fultz from Forge Ridge also had a big game with 14 points.

The Lady Dragons of Forge Ridge took a one point lead at the half, 16-15 and turned it into a 30-26 win. Kylie Fultz led the Lady Dragons with 14 points. Halle Green had eight, Hayle Muse six and Brooknay Houston two. Midway was led by Ray with 20 and Emma Myatt scored four. Rounding out the total was Kinley Cox with two points.

Game two featured SMMS and Powell Valley in a boy’s match up. The Indians’ basket seemed to have a cover on it as they struggled to score. At the half, the Blue Devils led led 13-3. SMMS went on to win 31-16. Leading the Blue Devils in scoring was Challen Massengill with 14. Zach Bailey had 10, Logan Daniels had five, Tony Hicks and Landen Wilson dropped in two points. Seth Morelock was held to only one point. Leading the Indians was Dylan Ellison with six and two others scored five: Justin Moore and Lance Owens.

The third game of day two was another girl’s game featuring the Lady Eagles of Livesay battling the Lady Blue Devils of SMMS. SMMS couldn’t find the basket and at the half was down 20-8. The Lady Eagles won 42-19. Ashtyn Myers dropped in 16 to lead the Lady Eagles. Jaden Brock and Neveah Kerns both scored eight. Addie Brooks had seven and Taylor Pressnell completed the total with three. SMMS was led by Hailey Sexton with five. Hannah Fugate, Jordan Fultz and Nevaeh Cobb each finished with four points. Makenzie Walker competed the total with two.

During the final game, Midway’s Red Devil boys fell to the Livesay Eagles 42-28 after being down 24-13 at the half. The Eagles had nine players to score, including Lane Bunch with eight. Aiden Jackson had seven. Eli Estes and Elijah Lawson dropped in six, Hyrum Hinckley had five, Wes Bunch had four points. Lurii Vasilyev, Logan Napier and Alex Douglas each scored two points. Midway was led by George Smith with 10, Levi Peoples had seven, Austin Bowen dropped in four. Conner Atkins had three points and two others had two: Tyler Myatt and Tyler Epperson.

The championship games were held Dec. 7 along with the consolation games and the announcing of the cheer and dance competition winners.