The 2016 Junior Varsity tournament began Dec. 6 at Claiborne High School with Midway serving as the host school. The opening day one game featured the Midway Lady Red Devils and the Forge Ridge Lady Dragons.
The Midway team got out on Forge Ridge and scored eight consecutive points giving up zero. Unfortunately for the Lady Dragons fans the second period was unkind too as they were unable to place points on the board. Leading 18-0 the Lady Red Devils gave up their first points at the 4:42 mark in the third. Two back to back baskets gave them hope but by the end of the third the Lady Dragons were down 18-4. By the end of the game the score was in favor of Midway 22-6. Emma Myatt led the Lady Red Devils with 14. Abby Woods led Forge Ridge with four points.
The second game featured the H.Y. Livesay Eagles versus the Powell Valley Indians. During the opening of this contest, the two teams went back and forth on the floor with speed and purpose. The Eagles led 6-4 after the opening period. The Indians made a comeback in the second and were down by only one point with 3:56 on the clock. One shot later they took the lead. The Eagles recovered and led at the half 13-12. It was much of the same during the third but Livesay was able to slip away at 21-15. Powell Valley had one last run and got the lead down to three at one point but the Eagles took over and won the game 28-22. HY was led by Alex Douglas with 11. Powell Valley was led by Hyrum Hinckley with 15.
The next game was back on the girls side of the bracket with Clairfield taking on Powell Valley. Neither team could find the basket consistently during the first period but after one period of play the two were tied on the scoreboard 2-2. The Lady Eagles struck first during the second period and made the Lady Indians put out great effort to catch up. The score at the half was 8-7 in favor of Powell Valley. The Lady Indians made adjustments that worked and pulled out to a 20-17 advantage going into the final period. 24-11 was the final score as the Lady Indians took care of business to advance. Piper Edwards led the Lady Indians with 10. Clairfield was led by M. Cloud with six.
Back to the boys side of the bracket it was Springdale Elementary versus Clairfield. The Eagles came out focused and opened up a 6-2 advantage. The Owls had the game tied at eight middle way through the first period. The pace was just a bit too fast for Clairfield as they got behind 15-8 going into the second period. Burst by burst, the Owls pulled away and led at the half 21-8. Even using the bench, Springdale was able to extend their lead to 35-12 by the end of three. The Eagles tried to rally but couldn’t falling 35-15. Springdale was led by Ethan Cupp with 14 points. Clairfield’s leading scorer was Jesse Marlow with six.
The next game featured the Lady Owls doing battle with the Soldiers Memorial Middle School. Springdale got the jump on the Lady Blue Devils and ran out to a 6-0 lead going into the second period. The Lady Owls increased their lead to 12-0 just before the halftime buzzer sounded. S.M.M.S. needed something positive to happen in the third period and with 40 seconds left the Lady Blue Devils dropped in their first point. It was 18-1 when the final period started. Springdale went with the small line up during the court and they completed the 20-1 victory. Hannah Fugate led Springdale in scoring with 12. Ereauma Ford led SMMS with a single point.
The final game of day one featured the Forge Ridge Dragons versus the Midway Red Devils. Midway opened up with a 4-0 run but then the Dragons hit a big three to make it a one point game. The Red Devils extended the lead out to 8-6 before the period ended. With just under four minutes left in the first half the Dragons pulled to within two and the half ended 15-13. Midway controlled the third and ran out to a 21-14 lead. The Dragons had one period left to make a comeback and they made a little run but lost 35-20. Forge ridge was co-led in scoring by Brylen Cornett and Braden Ellison with eight points each. Tyler Myatt led Midway with 12 points.
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