PRUNTYTOWN—Playing in their last regular-season games on Tuesday, the Taylor County Middle School’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball squads made “Eighth Grade Recognition Night” a complete success on and off the court, as both teams avenged previous losses to Lincoln to secure wins in front of friends and family at TCMS.
Eighth-grade student-athletes were recognized in-between the boys’ and girls’ games, which saw the Knights erase a 17-14 halftime deficit in the boys’ game to win by the score of 40-29, while the Lady Knights grinded out a tough 25-21 win in front of an energetic crowd.
Leading the way for the Knights on the offensive end were Isaiah Vanscoy (13), Isaac Lough (10), Jacob Maier (8), Dustin Keener (6), and Mason Dunham (3). Maier also had another 3-pointer taken off the scoreboard as the referees determined that there was an offensive foul before the successful made basket.
TCMS head coach Jonathan Curran was pleased with his team’s effort not just in this game, but throughout the season as well and talked about how proud he was of his Knights.
“I thought we played as well as we had all season,” Curran said after the game. “Our defensive pressure was good, and we were active without fouling which led to some transition buckets. In the half court, we shared the ball well which led to some open looks and fortunately we were able to knock them down. I’m very excited that our eighth graders were able to go out with a win because they definitely deserved it. They worked hard all year and it was a great way to end the season.”
The girls’ game followed the eighth-grade recognition ceremony, and the Lady Knights played absolutely lights-out, avenging a near 30-point loss to the Wildcats from earlier in the season to win by four points after leading 15-9 at halftime.
Four Lady Knights led the way on offense, with Kambree Delaney scoring nine points and Jodi Keene and Ally Mayle each recording seven. Robbi Jacobs chipped in two points and played excellent defense as well, not allowing the Lincoln guards to get into a rhythm and outhustling them on loose balls.
It was the performance that Lady Knights head coach Robbie Jacobs had been looking for out of his team for a while.
“I think this team finally played up to their potential,” said a proud Jacobs after the game. “This was a team that beat us by like 28 points at Lincoln. We’ve worked and worked and worked and I feel like we’ve lost some games that we shouldn’t have lost. The girls came out and played with confidence, played hard, and I think our intensity and focus for 24 minutes was the difference in the game. They played and competed and I’m proud of them and love them for that. It was the first time they’ve played up to their full potential this year and hopefully that’s a picture of good things to come.”