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Nevada Middle School seventh grade girls' basketball splits Lamar

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kelsey McCall drives for a layup during the seventh grade girls' A game Tuesday evening. The shot was good for two of McCall's four points in the game.--Chassedi Cooper/Daily Mail
The Nevada Middle School seventh grade girls' basketball A and B teams took on the Lamar Lady Tigers Tuesday evening with mixed results.

The first game of the night got off to a slow start for both sides as neither team seemed to be able to penetrate the strong defense that each was putting up. Lamar seemed to have more aggression on their side as they came out of the opening period with five steals, but Nevada was able to gain a slight advantage and took a 5-2 lead into the second quarter.

Very strong rebounding allowed Nevada to hold their edge right through the remainder of the half. The Tigers came out strong and both teams were showing marked aggression, but Nevada was able to extend their lead to seven with the help of four second quarter steals to take an 11-4 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Nevada was the only team to get an opportunity from the free-throw line in the first half and were unable to convert on either of their two shots.

The second half started much the same for Nevada as they were able to come out strong on the defensive end, notching five steals in the first two minutes of the third quarter -- bringing their total in the game to nine. By the time the period ended, Nevada had added one more steal to their total and extended their lead to 17-6 going into the final period.

The final period was once again more of the same for Nevada as their defense was seemingly able to have their will with the Lamar offense, grabbing another five steals. The only trip to the free-throw line for either team in the second half came in the fourth quarter as Elizabeth Nowak was able to hit one of two shots, helping the Lady Tigers to a 22-10 victory.

As a team, Nevada went 2-for-4 from the stripe in the game and the offensive effort for Nevada was led in the game by Chanel Botha, who finished the contest with a total of eight points.

The final game of the night didn't go nearly as well for Nevada as they quickly found themselves in a hole. Both defenses came out much more aggressive than in the B game, and Lamar was able to pick up four steals in the opening period on their way to a 6-1 lead.

Nevada seemed slightly better equipped to combat the strong, aggressive defense of Lamar in the second quarter, keeping pace with them but not being able to cut into the lead. Both defenses showed definite rebounding prowess in the second period and Nevada found themselves down 12-6 heading into halftime.

All four of the first half trips to the stripe were taken by Nevada players and Erin Kitsmiller went 2-for-4 in her two trips -- the only free throws made in the half by either team. As a team, Nevada was 2-for-7 from the line in the opening half.

Lamar's offense came out firing in the second half and was able to make the right adjustments to get the improvement they'd been looking for in their shooting. Lamar shot very well in the period from all areas of the court, but especially around the perimeter and was able to pick up three steals on their way to a 20-12 lead going into the game's final six minutes.

Nevada's offense attempted to make a comeback in the fourth quarter as the Lamar defensive wall seemingly began to collapse, but the Lady Tigers eventually fell short. The impressive shooting that Lamar exhibited at the beginning of the half continued through the rest of the game and Nevada eventually found themselves on the short end of a 26-19 final score.

Nevada finished out the game 3-for-11 from the free-throw line while Lamar was able to get their only trip to the stripe in the final period, going 0-for-1.

Prior to Tuesday night's game, Nevada's seventh grade teams were in action at home against Joplin Memorial Monday night as well. Both teams came out on top that night, as the A team took a 26-23 victory while the B team won 25-20.

With these games, the B team's record on the year extends to 4-2, while the A team's record stands at 1-5. Both teams are scheduled to be in action again tomorrow as they travel to Neosho, along with both eighth grade teams.

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-- Posted by ccmom on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 8:55 AM

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