The Clear Creek Middle School basketball season came to an end yesterday, as the Bobcats hosted the Rebels at CCMS.
When the dust settled on eighth-grade recognition night, the seventh-grade Bobcats had picked up a 37-29 victory and the eighth-grade bested Fannin 33-26.
The Rebels jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the first quarter, before a late surge from Clear Creek left the Fannin advantage at 10-7 at the end of the period. Behind a 17-point second-quarter from Braden Jenkins, the Bobcats went on to seize a 24-17 halftime lead.
A slow third quarter followed, due to strong defense on both sides. Clear Creek was able to parlay a 28-20 lead after three and match the Rebels point-for-point in the fourth, resulting in a 37-29 victory.
The victory gives the seventh-grade Bobcats a 7-6 record to finish the season.
It was a slow offensive first half for both Clear Creek and Fannin, thanks to stout defensive pressure from both teams. The Bobcats and Rebels were tied 4-4 after the first quarter and the second quarter was even less productive. Down 6-5 with 10 seconds left before halftime, Miles Johnson scored a bucket to pull Fannin ahead of Clear Creek at the break, 7-6.
The Bobcats quickly got their offense rolling in the third quarter, as Luke Wimpey and Connor Thompson sank one and two respective three-pointers to begin the second half. Clear Creek built off the momentum and led 21-13 after three quarters, before going on to claim the 33-26 victory.
The eighth-grade Bobcats finish the regular season with an 11-2 record.
Seventh-grade Lady Cats triumph; Eighth-grade Lady Rebels garner only Fannin win of day
Also in action yesterday were the Clear Creek Lady Cats and the Fannin Lady Rebels. The games took place at Fannin County Middle School in Blue Ridge.
The seventh-grade Lady Cats capped off a 10-2 campaign by picking up a slim 28-26 victory over Fannin. Meanwhile, the lone Rebels victory of the day came in the eighth-grade girls game, as Fannin secured a 39-14 win over Clear Creek. The loss leaves the eighth-grade Lady Cats with a 5-7 record to conclude the season.
NGML tournament looms
The 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship tournament takes place next week in Dawson County. Brackets and seeding information will be made available once it is received.
STATS (seventh-grade Bobcats):
Braden Jenkins: 24 points, one rebound, 3/4 on free throws.
Cameron Weaver: Six points, eight rebounds, four steals, one block.
Isaiah Hopper: Five points, five rebounds, three steals, 1/5 on free throws.
Brady Sanford: Two points, one steal.
Lewis Mulkey: Three rebounds, one steal.
Ethan Banks: One steal.
STATS (seventh-grade Rebels):
Logan Burkett: 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, 1/3 on free throws.
Landon Norton: Seven points, three steals, one rebound.
Brady Martin: Five points, five rebounds, one block, 2/2 on free throws.
Andre Bivens: Three points, five rebounds, 1/1 on free throws.
Clayton Huff: Three points, one steal, 1/6 on free throws.
Jake Jones: Two rebounds.
Mason Bundy: One steal.
STATS (eighth-grade Bobcats):
Connor Thompson: 13 points, five rebounds, three steals.
Alex Snelgrove: Eight points, six rebounds, one steal, 2/4 on free throws.
C.J. Streicher: Seven points, 13 rebounds, five steals, 1/2 on free throws.
Luke Wimpey: Three points, three steals, two rebounds.
Mason Hadden: Two points, three rebounds.
Tyler Wright: One rebound.
STATS (eighth-grade Rebels):
Miles Johnson: 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals, 0/2 on free throws.
Jacob Gailey: Eight points.
Jakob Tuggle: Five points, four rebounds, 1/2 on free throws.
Zachery Jones: Two points, one rebound.
Gabe Buchanan: One point, two steals, one rebound, 1/2 on free throws.
Cohutta Hyde: Two rebounds, 0/2 on free throws.
Carson Beavers: Three steals, two rebounds.