Lady Knights winning streak increases to eight

TCMS recognizes eighth grade players

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights Basketball program continued their hectic schedule this week with two more home games.

The first game would have the Lady Knights facing off against the West Preston Panthers on March 20, and the second game would have the R.L. Bland Patriots traveling to Taylor County on March 22, to engage the Lady Knights on their home turf in Pruntytown. 

The week began with JV Lady Knights taking on the West Preston Lady Panthers on March 20.

The JV Lady Knights would cruise to victory over the Panthers easily taking the victory with a final score of 40-10.

Starters Ashlynne Bolyard and Kaylee Cross would team up to give the Knights the edge with a combined 13 points before halftime.

The JV Lady Knights were also helped off the bench during this game with sixth grade standout Peyton Freeman helping to lead the team with six points in the fourth quarter for a season high.

“I’m amazed at how well the bench has done the past couple of weeks. It leaves me excited for next year to see what kind of season we will have with this crop of girls,” coach Kelley Larew stated. 

The Varsity Lady Knights would also see the same fortunes as their JV counterparts, holding the Panthers to just single digits through halftime.

The Lady Knights put up a spectacular performance, which quickly saw the starters give way to the bench with maximum playing time for everyone on the team. The Lady Knights landed a solid victory and increased their winning streak to seven. 

The second game of the week would pit the Lady Knights verses the R.L. Bland Lady Patriots on March 22.

The JV Team would take the court first as the game remained close until the closing seconds with the JV team hindered by foul trouble late in the game, but would go on to secure a 19-17 victory in the closing seconds of play.

The game was a back-and-forth battle until a late fourth quarter scoring surge led by Bolyard and Cross dominating under the boards with each garnering seven points that sealed the fate of the JV Lady Patriots.

“These girls are exceeding my expectations both on the court and off. They give one hundred and ten percent each time they step on the court,” explained Larew. 

Next up, the Lady Knight Varsity would control the pace of the seasoned Lady Patriots in their match-up. The Lady Patriots wanted to push a much quicker run and gun approach to the game to keep the Lady Knights on their toes, but the Lady Knights did a fantastic job of keeping the game on a much more even keel during the stretch.

Eighth grade phenom Hadley Horne dominated with another double-double, leading the Lady Knights with 30 points and 10 rebounds.

Anna Harbison pulled down another eight points to help lead the Lady Knights to their eighth victory in a row with a final score of 46-40.

Head Coach Bobby Beltner couldn’t be more impressed with this team.

“It was another great team effort. We hustled and for the most part played pretty well. The girls have come a long way and I’m proud of them,” coach Beltner proclaimed.

The Lady Knights Varsity also celebrated eighth grade recognition after the game with most of the starting lineup.

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