Bearcats play close with Indians for three quarters

GRAFTON—The Grafton High School Bearcats played host to the undefeated Bridgeport Indians on Wednesday night, at Scotty Hamilton Gymnasium.

Jack Faulkner calmly opened the game with a long three, leading to a nine point run by the Cats before the Indians scored their first basket.

The scrappy Cats dominated the first quarter, as they out-scored the Indians by 10.

The Indians turned the tables in the second quarter, when they worked their way back to take the lead at halftime 30—28.

The two teams played back and forth in the third quarter, but the Indians were able to add to their lead 48—43.

The Indians then pulled away from the winded Bearcats in the fourth for a 59—52 victory.

The Bearcat offense was led by Faulkner with 15 points, followed closely by Brandon Clark with 14.

The remaining GHS points came from Caleb Bish (11), Garrett Wellman (4), Blake Moore (2), Dylan Massie (4) and Garrett Moats (2).

“We are improving,” said third-year head coach Mike Johnson. “But the frustrating part for us as staff is that we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. At some point and time we have to fix that, and once we do we will be a pretty good basketball team,” he added.

In JV action, the Cats held close for three quarters, but allowed the Indians to pull away in the fourth going on to lose 73—55.

Tavian Taylor led GHS with 12 points, followed by Blake Moore with 11.

The remaining GHS points were scored by Dylan Massie (9), Matt Gallo (8), Devin Vanscoy (5), Blain Moore (4), Isaiah Stottlemyer (2), Elijah Drainer (2) and Joe Charlton (2).

The Bearcats will be back in action tonight, as they play host to Lewis County. The JV game is set to begin at 5:45 p.m., with the Varsity scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

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