Clairfield’s Gracin Gerber put his name in Claiborne County Middle School history November 1 when H.Y. Livesay made the trip to the top of Fonde Mountain. The Livesay Eagles won the game 64-52 but at the end of the game the talk was all about Gerber’s performance.
Gerber is not shy when it comes to scoring the basketball because as a junior varsity player he dropped in 30 points during a game. He continued making a name for himself during the game against the Eagles of H.Y. as he hit nine three’s and seven baskets and added a few free throws to reach the 48-point mark. His effort passed the former high score in a single game at Clairfield which stood for years at 45.
During the game, Clairfield Coach Ralph Teague was informed about how close Gerber was to the record and went up to Gerber during a timeout and said this to him, “You are getting close to a school record and I think you should know and go for it.”
Gerber had the motivation needed and was able to tie the old record and then set the new Clairfield mark of 48. Although the record is a new boy’s mark, the Clairfield overall record is on the girl’s side of things and belongs to two players who played in the 70s and 80s respectively. That mark is 54 points.
When asked about how it felt watching Gerber, H.Y. Coach Brandon Clawson said this, “We tried double teaming him and then we even tripled teamed him to slow him down and he was still able to beat our defenders and put up amazing shots.”
One game later, he backed up his 48 with another great performance against SMMS who “held” him to 26 points.
Gracin’s parents are James and Shiresse Gerber.
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