Middle school basketball action is in full swing this week with home games at both LaFollette and Jacksboro.
LaFollette hosted Horace Maynard for homecoming Monday night and took a varsity split from the Red Devils. The Lady Owls (3-0 overall) won 34-19 after overcoming a slow start. Horace Maynard opened the game with a 5-4 lead, but LaFollette came back to take the upper hand and then some. The Lady Owls led 14-7 at halftime.
Chelsey Finkenbine and Marie Roach paced LaFollette with eight points each. Faith Evans and Summer Daniels chipped in six points each, followed by Kendra King with four and Katie Hamblin two. Finkenbine made five steals for the Lady Owls while Daniels led her team with eight rebounds.
King, Evans and Amber Guy each collected six rebounds.
The Lady Owls did not attempt a free throw throughout the entire game.
Shaylynne Flatford scored five points to lead Horace Maynard, which lost to LaFollette for the second time in as many weeks. The two teams met in the championship game of the Claiborne County Middle School Tip-off Classic on Oct. 22 at Tazewell.
The storyline for the boy’s game was almost identical, but with the home team falling, 39-24, after beating HMMS by one point a week earlier during the Claiborne County tournament. Roston Letner scored 10 points to lead the Owls (2-1 overall), which held a 12-7 advantage at halftime.
When Horace Maynard took the lead down the stretch, Letner made a pair of three-pointers to try and keep LaFollette in the game.
Down the road at Jacksboro, the results were pretty much the same. The Lady Eagles won their opener, 45-28, over Grace Christian Academy, while the Eagles lost, 61-35.
In the girl’s contest, Hannah Owens powered in a game-high 14 points and led Jacksboro with 20 rebounds.
Jamie Mynatt contributed seven points to the Lady Eagles’ cause, followed by Krista Williams and Whitney Williamson with six each; Whitney Sawyer and Megan Caudill three each; and Courtney Charles, Michaela Smith and Courtney Hargis two each.
Jacksboro led 30-17 at the half. Katie Borden led GCA’s scoring with nine points.
Nick Bailey led Jacksboro’s boys with 11 points, followed by Jacob Clowers with 10.
Jacksboro will host LaFollette tonight (Thurs.) in a key conference matchup.