Knights face struggles against Elkins Hornets


ELKINS— The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights boys basketball faced some strong competition this week with both the JV and Varsity dropping both games while battling the Elkins Hornets.    

The JV team battled as the Hornets jumped out to an early lead, with the Hornets pushing the pace with their spread offense.

The first and second quarter would have Troy Weber leading the Knights scoring drive with the teams entering halftime tied at fifteen all.

The third quarter would find the Knights struggling to find their groove, as they started to lose some steam. The JV Knights would only score eight during the entire third quarter giving the Hornets a slight edge and enough momentum to secure the game with a final score of 44-39.

“Tonight’s loss falls completely on me. We played an exceptionally good first half making adjustments as needed. After halftime, Elkins came out with some good adjustments. This is when I failed as a coach, instead of coaching the boys up and giving them the right structure, I instead become enthralled with any little mistake they made. Our boys played with so much effort this evening, but I let them down as a coach. To my boys, I want to say that you played hard enough to win tonight but I failed in leading you,” lamented head coach Steve Louzy.

Weber finished the game with sixteen points and Jacob Moats finished with six points. 

The TCMS Knights Varsity would not fair any better against a formidable Elkins Hornets Varsity team.

The Knights were able to jump to an early lead as the Knights led the first quarter 10-8.  The second quarter would find the Knights facing a barrage of shooting from the Elkins squad as the Hornets posted a nineteen-point scoring streak going into the half to enter halftime with a score of 27-12. 

The second half would bring more of the same from the Hornets as the Knights defense was unable to get around the Hornets offense.

The final buzzer would sound as the Hornets claimed victory with a 52-35 final score.

“This was the best three quarter of basketball that we have played all year. If we can put four quarters together, good things will finally start to happen. If we take care of the basketball and score, we can win more games,” stated Varsity head coach Mike Moats.

Mason Markley led the team with eleven points and McCray Blackwell followed suit with ten of his own.

The TCMS Knights Team will continue play this week at home as they face the East Preston Bears.

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