The Midway Elementary School hosted the Powell Valley Elementary School for three games of basketball Nov. 28. After a junior varsity game it was time for the varsity girls to take the court. Both teams were looking for wins but it was the Lady Indians that took control early and got the victory.
It was evident early that the Lady Indians were ready for this one as they shut out the Lady Red Devils 9-0 during the first period of play. The visiting Lady Indians set the tone by employing a smothering defense especially down in the painted area.
That effort did not weaken during the second period either despite the Lady Red Devils scoring four points during the second half. Make no mistake, the home team had beaten the defense some during the first half but dribbled the ball too much instead of using quick passes to get the open shot. Midway missed on several opportunities directly under the rim that would have kept them close on the scoreboard.
Coming out of the halftime break, the home team hit those shots and stayed with the Lady Indians as both teams placed eight points on the board.
Midway also stayed to within a single point during the final period 6-5 but the early Lady Indians advantage was simply too much to overcome and the visiting team loaded the bus with a 33-17 victory. It was a good win for an Indians team that has declared that it is their time to win. The Indians are looking good with the Claiborne County varsity tournament only a week out.
Leading the Lady Indians in scoring was Kayli Hinckley with 14 points while Taya Ausmus just missed double figure with nine. Olivia Williams scored five points and two others added three each: Emily McNew and Alana Bean.
Gracie Ray led Midway with nine points, Chelsey Harvey had four while three others dropped in two points each: Sydney Watson, Jordan Wells and Emma Myatt. Rounding out the Lady Red Devils scoring with a single point was Morgan Wells.
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