PRUNTYTOWN—For the second consecutive season, the staff of Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) and local law enforcement officials have gotten together to play an exhibition basketball game in front of the student body at TCMS.
Last season, TCMS squeaked out a win, as Chad Gray hit a three-pointer with just 33 seconds left to play, to give TCMS a 43-42 lead that they would ultimately hold onto in their exciting one-point win.
This season, after finding themselves down 14-9 after the first period of play and 29-22 at the half, the middle school staff would begin their comeback, outscoring law enforcement by 22-8 in the third quarter and matching them shot-for-shot in the fourth quarter to claim the 57-50 victory.
TCMS was led by Andrew Moore’s 17 points, followed by Tia Dye’s 14 points.
Rounding out the scoring for the TCMS staff were Doug Kirkpatrick (10), Damon Waters (7), Josh Chiado (5), Chad Gray (2), and Kurtis Davis (2). Also playing well for TCMS were Kelly Larew and Holly Kallmerten.
Law enforcement was led by Cody Mayle (18) and Hartsel Keener (13), followed by Cole Durrett (6), Dylan Johnson (4), Paul Collins (3), Randy Durrett (2), Chris Hake (2), and Chris Miller (2).
Kevin Stead and Keith Haddix also played well for the visiting team.
“Everyone seemed to have a great time, and we were able to help raise some money for the weight room at TCMS,” said Grafton Police Chief Bobby Beltner, who coached the law enforcement team and helped organize the game. “We look forward to making this a yearly event.”
The TCMS staff also played an exhibition basketball game against the staff of Grafton High School last season in a game which saw GHS win by the score of 60-58 in a thrilling matchup in front of both student bodies at the high school.
The two schools have decided to continue the friendly rivalry again this year, although a date and location have not been formally announced.