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December 12, 2017

RMS Lady Pioneers remain undefeated

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

Last Monday, November 28, the Washburn Elementary Lady Pirates and the Joppa Elementary Lady Trojans hooked up in an exciting basketball game played in the Joppa gym. In the first quarter, the Lady Pirates got three points from Callie Nicley, two from Carley Lawson and one from Megan Beeler to take a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Madeline Hurst scored a pair of points for the Lady Trojans. In the second quarter, the Lady Trojans outscored Washburn by five points on the strength of four points from Marley Hipsher, two from Hurst and one from Taylor Watson. Callie Nicley added a basket for the Lady Pirates as Joppa held a 9-8 lead at the half. In the third quarter, the Lady Pirates acquired five points from Ava Dalton and two points each from Ebany Hill and Reagan Beeler to tie the score at 17-all. The Lady Trojans received four points from Catelin Newman and two each from Taylor Watson and Hurst. In the pressure-packed final quarter, Joppa earned three points from Hurst and one point from Eliza Allen to record a thrilling 21-20 victory over Washburn. The Lady Pirates received three fourth-quarter points from Grayson Wolfenbarger.

After the exciting girls game, the Trojans and the Pirates took the court. In the first quarter, the Trojans received eight points from Robbie Gowan and six from Brody Wells. Joppa also earned two points each from Bralynn Sell and Landon Foster to open an 18-4 lead over the Pirates. Washburn received four points from Billy Joe Wolfenbarger. In the second quarter, Joppa, who held Washburn scoreless in the second quarter, collected four points each from Kade Williams and Riley Graham and two each from Ty Collins and Scout Hightower to open a 30-4 halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Trojans gained two points each from Carter Williams, Kade Williams, Ivan Stratton and Collins to open a 38-8 lead. The Pirates received two points each from Matthew Harville and Ethan Southerland. In the final quarter, each team scored three points, and Joppa recorded a 41-11 victory. Robbie Gowan and Kade Williams, who had eight points each, led the Joppa scoring attack. In addition, the Trojans got six points from Brody Wells, four points each from Ty Collins and Riley Graham. Ivan Stratton added three points while Bralynn Sell, Scott Hightower, Carter Williams and Landon Foster scored two points each. Billy Joe Wolfenbarger, with four points, led the Washburn scoring with Riley Munsey, Matthew Harville and Ethan Southerland adding two points each. The next action for the Joppa and Washburn teams will be the Grainger County Elementary Tournament, which will be played next Monday and Tuesday at Washburn High School.

Bean Station basketball

Last Monday, the Bean Station Elementary School basketball teams traveled to Union Heights to take on the Tornadoes. In the boys game, the Buccaneers got eight big points in the first quarter from Isaiah Kyle, four from Braden Dalton and two from Jace Robinson to jump to a 14-9 lead. In the second quarter, the Bucs, who received six points from Kyle, two from Marcus Ervin and a point from Robinson, were outscored by two points as the first half ended with Bean Station holding a 23-20 lead. In the third quarter, the Bucs got four points from Robinson, two from Kyle and two from Andy Bunch, while the defense held the Tornadoes to four points. Bean Station’s lead stood at 31-24 heading into the final quarter. In the evenly-played fourth stanza, the Bucs earned five points from Robinson, four from Kyle, two each from Dalton and Cadon Cameron to post a 44-37 victory. Isaiah Kyle, with 20 big points, led the Buccaneers, who also received 12 points from Jace Robinson and six points from Braden Dalton. In addition, Marcus Ervin, Cadon Cameron and Andy Bunch contributed two points each.

In the girls game, Taylee Rutherford’s 10 first-quarter points, plus four points from Hadassah Zemlicka and two points each from Jaycee  Susong and Harlie Seibers totaled 20 first-quarter points on the board. Union Heights was held scoreless in the initial quarter. In the second quarter, the Lady Buccaneers picked up four points from Rutherford, while the Lady Tornadoes scored their first two points. Bean Station held a 24-2 lead at the half.  Four additional points in the third quarter by Rutherford and two from KatiAnn Dossett, as well as two fourth-quarter points from Rutherford, clinched the Lady Bucs’ 30-4 victory. Rutherford, with 22 points, led Bean Station scorers which included four points for Hadassah Zemlicka and two points each for KatiAnn Dossett, Jaycee Susong and Harlie Seibers. The next action for the Bean Station teams will be the Grainger County Tournament, which will be held at Washburn High School next Monday and Tuesday.

Washburn Elementary girls

In last Thursday night’s game against Forge Ridge, the Lady Pirates gained six points each from Reagan Beeler and Saylor Clay in the first quarter. Callie Nicley earned four points and two from Ebany Hill put 18 points on the board for Washburn in the first quarter for an unsurmountable lead. With the Lady Pirate reserves on the court in the second quarter, the only points for Washburn were scored by Trinady Atkins. In the third quarter, Reagan Beeler added six points and Clay had four points. Rylee Coffman and Hall added two points before a fourth-quarter basket by Rylee Coffman and a free throw from Abigail Epperson finished off an easy 37-7 victory for Washburn. Reagan Beeler, with 12 points, and Saylor Clay, with 10 points, led the Lady Pirates. Washburn also received four points each from Coffman, Ebany Hill and Callie Nicley. In addition, the Lady Pirates collected two points from Trinady Atkins and one from Abigail Epperson.

Washburn Middle boys

Last Thursday night, the Washburn seventh and eighth grade boys team took on a tough team from Forge Ridge. In the first quarter, the Pirates scored two points on one free throw each from Rance Shipe and Tanner Williams. In the second stanza, Washburn recieved a basket from Ethan Helton and free throws from Landon Hamic and Shipe to account for only six points at the half. In the third quarter, the Pirates added seven points on baskets by Caden Atkins and Ty Hurst along with a free throw from Williams to go into the final quarter with 13 points on the board. In that final period, the Pirates stormed back with four points each from Landon Hamic and Rance Shipe, three points from Wiliams and two points each from Helton, Jace Nicley and Mason Dalton to pull out a hard fought 29-23 victory. Ethan Helton and Rance Shipe, with six points each, led the Pirates, who also acquired five points each from Tanner Williams and Landon Hamic. In addition, Washburn picked up two points each from Caden Atkins, Jace Nicley, Ty Hurst and Mason Dalton.

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