Lady Tiger middle school teams split with Carl Junction

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In Monday night middle school basketball action, the Nevada Lady Tiger seventh and eighth-grade teams earned a split with visiting Carl Junction.

Nevada's eighth-grade "A" team rolled to a 45-24 victory, keeping its perfect season intact as the Lady Tigers improved to 9-0. Meanwhile, Nevada's eighth-grade "B" team bested Carl Junction 25-20.

In the "A" game, Tylin Heathman dropped in a team-high 12 points, while Kaylee Duncan and Brinna Ream chipped in with 11 points apiece. In the "B" game, Nevada's Rebecca Cox torched Carl Junction for 18 points.

Seventh-grade contest

In the seventh-grade "A" game, Nevada was edged 28-24. The Lady Tigers were defeated in the "B" game 28-21.

"We came out slow, which is always a fear playing after a weekend," Lady Tigers seventh-grade head coach Danny Penn said. "We kept ourselves close enough that we were always two or three baskets away, but were never able to take the lead."

Penn said his team has been too sped up over the past several games.

"Once again, we made a lot of mistakes because we are going a little bit too fast," he said. "However, at the same time, our speed and aggression did get us some steals that led to baskets for us. I'm still confident that by the end of the season we'll get it figured out."

Miner win streak

Lady Tigers eighth-grade head coach Rob Miner, has now won 24 consecutive "A" games.

The current win streak dates back to last season when he guided the Nevada Middle School boys seventh-grade "A" team to a 15-0 record, en route to a Tri-County Championship game victory over Webb City.

This is Miner's first season coaching the eighth-grade Lady Tigers, as he replaced longtime coach Gail Wilson, who retired at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year.

Up next

The Lady Tiger seventh and eighth-grade teams return to the court today, as they travel to Neosho.

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