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Dec. 6, 2012 Bulldogs sports roundup

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Boys take 2nd in early tourney

The YSHS Boys basketball team started the season this past weekend at the London Tipp-Off Classic. The Bulldogs opened up play against host London Red Raiders. At the end of one quarter the score was tied 15–15. But by half time the Bulldogs had a 36–25 lead and never looked back. They won 65–51, putting the Bulldogs through to the championship game against Columbus Bexley. In the first game, Roland Newsome and PJ Russell each had 27 points. Newsome grabbed 11 rebounds while Russell had six steals. Wesley Moultrie led the team in rebounds, with 12, and had seven points. Robbie Jones was lead assist man with six. And Jones and Liam Weigand added two points each.

On Saturday night, the Bulldogs faced Columbus’ number one Division II team, the Bexley Lions. YSHS took an early lead 12–6 half way through the first quarter before Bexley fought back to take a 19–17 advantage at the end of the quarter. The Bulldogs then found themselves down 10 points in the second quarter before fighting back to tie the score at half time 35–35. But the Bulldogs only scored seven points in the third quarter and found themselves down 51–42. The Bexley team, with its hot outside shooting, held Yellow Springs off to win 68–56. On the night, Eric Lawhorn had four points and three rebounds. Jared Scarfpin added three points, while Newsome and Moultrie each contributed 14 points. Russell led with 20 points.

For their performances, Yellow Springs’ PJ Russell and Roland Newsome were selected to the London Tipp-Off All-Tournament Team.

Girls basketball starts 1–2

After a heartbreaking loss in their season opener at home last week, the Yellow Springs girls varsity basketball team came back with a 41–13 trouncing of Jefferson Township on Wednesday. YSHS center Angela Allen led her squad with 17 points on the night, while Kennedy Harshaw added 10, Paloma Wiggins had eight, Brianna Ayers scored four and Keturah Fulton and Maryah Martin added a basket each.

In their season opener against London, Yellow Springs led most of the game, but fell behind at the end to lose 39–38. In that back-and-forth match, Harshaw led with 18 points, including four of five from the stripe, Allen had 11, Martin scored five and Ayers added four.

This week the Lady Bulldogs fell to Northwestern 64–30. Leading the scoring was Martin, with 10 points. Ayers went four of six from the stripe for six points, and Harshaw added six of her own.

McKinney teams to compete

With all the players from last year’s seventh-grade girls basketball team returning and two new players joining the squad, the McKinney eighth-grade team’s season promises to be a competitive one, according to Coach Evin Wimberly this week.

“The girls picked it up towards the end of the season last year,” Wimberly said. “They have a lot more confidence in themselves this year and I look forward to seeing it come out when game time hits. I have a good feeling the season will go really well as long as they all put forth the effort and believe in their own abilities, as well as the team’s.”

The McKinney girls seventh-grade roster is small and some players are new to the game, but Coach Tony Williams is optimistic about the season.

“We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “If everybody believes in themself though, we have the potential to have a great season.”

The McKinney boys seventh-grade team is also fielding a lot of new players, with the talent, ambition and athleticism to compete.

“Our focus as the season begins is on fundamentals and learning the game, while having a great time on the court,” Coach Shane Elam said. “Come out and watch the team pull it all together.”


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