Despite late run Knights drop contest at Central Preston


Second half burst puts the JV squad on top by double digits

KINGWOOD— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights Boys Basketball split the difference with the Central-Preston (CPM) Wildcats in play over the weekend, with the JV team securing a victory and the Varsity being defeated by the championship caliber play of the CPM Varsity Wildcats.    

The JV team started slow, as the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead pushing the pace with quick and precise play.

The second quarter would find the combination of Troy Weber, Jonathan Maier and Jacob Moats finally finding their groove as they started to chip away at the Wildcats lead.

They entered halftime with the Wildcats still leading 18-14.

The JV Knights held the Wildcats scoreless during the third quarter, and were able to maintain the lead and hold on for the victory.

Head Coach Steve Louzy was excited by the win.

“In the pre-game we talked about the work it takes to make a good homemade apple pie and the rewards you receive in the end, but the first half we were trying to make rice pudding. At halftime I explained how important that apples are for apple pie and these boys went out in the second half and made a beautiful homemade apple pie and I’m going to enjoy it for dessert this evening,” Louzy stated. 

“When this group of young men set their minds to it, they are really enjoyable to coach,” he added.

Weber threw down 10 points with Moats contributing another 10 and Maier finishing play with six points respectively. The Knights claimed the victory with a final score of 44-33.

The TCMS Knights Varsity struggled out of the gate with a formidable CPM Wildcat team.

The Wildcats were able to hold the Knights to only two-points in the first quarter.

The second quarter would find the Knights in an equally untenable situation, and as the halftime buzzer sounded the Knights found themselves down 31-7.

The third quarter would bring more of the same for the Knights, as they struggled to get any offense.

The  final quarter of action started a rally for the Knights, but it would be in vain, as the Wildcats rolled to victory with a final score of 53-22.

“Central Preston was a very well-balanced team; good shooters, ball handlers and they also played extremely aggressive defense. We need to continue to work on our game. When I say our game, I mean the boys need to learn how to play basketball not as robots because that how the play is designed, but learning how to see a back door cut or an open spot on the floor,” lamented Knights head coach Mike Moats.

“These kids need to get back to the playgrounds where their skills first developed. These boys play hard, I can’t complain about that. They are getting better at some aspects, but need a lot of work. We will continue to do that, but we need to spice it up a little,” he continued.

The Knights will continued play this week, traveling to Elkins on Tuesday to take on the Hornets. That matchup will be featured in an upcoming edition of the Mountain Statesman.

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