Lady Cats Clinch in Overtime Thriller; Dawson Tigers Secure Championship

FCMS Basketball, Sports

Two improbable moments, seemingly straight from a Hollywood script … and both came in the same game.

The two moments were buzzer-beating three-point shots from seventh-grade Clear Creek Middle School Lady Cats (and sisters) Emma and Elly Callihan, which gave CCMS a 32-31 victory over the Fannin County Middle School Lady Rebels and the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship yesterday at Dawson County Middle School.

Meanwhile, the hosting, undefeated Dawson County Middle School Tigers capped off a 10-0 season by besting the CCMS Bobcats 45-31 to win the seventh-grade boys championship.

Cats claw past Rebels

Seventh-grade Lady Cat Emma Callihan shoots the game-tying three-point shot against Fannin last night. The basket sent the game into overtime, where Clear Creek bested the Lady Rebels 32-31 to win the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League seventh-grade girls championship. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Seventh-grade Lady Cat Emma Callihan shoots the game-tying three-point shot against Fannin last night. The basket sent the game into overtime, where Clear Creek bested the Lady Rebels 32-31 to win the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League seventh-grade girls championship. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The seventh-grade girls game built to its dramatic conclusion from the outset. Fannin seized an early first-quarter lead, before a Natalie Thomas three-point play put the Lady Cats in a 5-5 deadlock with the Lady Rebels. The first period went on to end in a 7-7 stalemate. FCMS tied the game 13-13 just before halftime, before Emma Callihan gave CCMS a 15-13 halftime lead with a two-point bucket at the buzzer.

Almost like the calm before the storm, the third quarter proved to be difficult for both Fannin and Clear Creek. MacKenzie Johnson provided the lone Lady Rebels basket, while Emma Deyton scored off a steal to keep the Lady Cats lead at 17-15 by the end of the third.

The game continued its back-and-forth theme in the fourth quarter. A three-point play from Olivia Sisson put Fannin ahead 21-19 with 1:08 left in regulation. The Lady Rebels added two more baskets to open up a late 25-22 advantage and were poised to win the championship. However, Emma Callihan had other plans for the Lady Cats, as she caught an in-bound pass with less than 10 seconds left in the game, drove down the court and launched a three-point shot that tied the game 25-25 and forced an overtime.

Fannin refused to go down without a fight. Buckets from Paige Foresman and Abby Ledford, mixed with two free throws from Johnson, put the Lady Rebels out front 32-29. But although Emma Callihan went down in overtime with a sprained ankle, her younger sibling Elly stepped up for the crescendo.

The situation mirrored that of the end of regulation, with a different Callihan in control of the ball. Elly  trotted two steps past half-court and propelled the basketball from well beyond the three-point line. The heave shockingly swished through the net as the buzzer sounded, sending the Clear Creek faithful into a frenzy and giving the Lady Cats the 32-31 win and the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League seventh-grade girls championship.

The seventh-grade Clear Creek Middle School Lady Cats pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The seventh-grade Clear Creek Middle School Lady Cats pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

“It was great!,” exclaimed Clear Creek coach Ashley Bryant when asked about winning the title. “It was phenomenal. Nothing is better than free basketball. It gave us life to go into overtime, because we were struggling, as a whole. We couldn’t get our offense going tonight. But it was nice to have some sixth-graders step up and do some stuff for us. The girls have grown so much. We have improved and that ending tonight … that was them playing as a team. I could not be more proud of them and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the season. The future looks bright.”

The seventh-grade Fannin County Middle School Lady Rebels pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League runner-up trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The seventh-grade Fannin County Middle School Lady Rebels pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League runner-up trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The seventh-grade Lady Rebels finish the year with an 11-3 record, while the Lady Cats completed the campaign with a 12-2 mark.

After the Clear Creek/Fannin game, the Lady Cats recognized Hope Colwell (left) as their All-Tournament selection, Emma Callihan (center) as their Tournament MVP and Kimberly Holt (right) as the Academic Award recipient. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Clear Creek/Fannin game, the Lady Cats recognized Hope Colwell (left) as their All-Tournament selection, Emma Callihan (center) as their Tournament MVP and Kimberly Holt (right) as the Academic Award recipient. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Clear Creek/Fannin game, the Lady Rebels recognized Kennedy Harper (left) as their Academic Award recipient and Abby Ledford (right) as their All-Tournament selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Clear Creek/Fannin game, the Lady Rebels recognized Kennedy Harper (left) as their Academic Award recipient and Abby Ledford (right) as their All-Tournament selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dawson Takes Seventh-Grade Boys Crown

Seventh-grade Dawson County Tiger Dakota Sonnidson extends another shot to the net last night against Clear Creek. Sonnidson scored 23 points, en route to Dawson defeating the Bobcats 45-31 and winning the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League boys championship. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Seventh-grade Dawson County Tiger Dakota Sonnidson extends another shot to the net last night against Clear Creek. Sonnidson scored 23 points, en route to Dawson defeating the Bobcats 45-31 and winning the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League seventh-grade boys championship. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

In the seventh-grade boys title game, the Tigers built early momentum to stay one pounce ahead of the Bobcats throughout the first half. A strong offensive and defensive first quarter from Dakota Sonnidson (nine points, three rebounds, one steal) helped give Dawson an 11-5 lead by the end of the period.

A combined nine second-quarter boards for the Bobcats gave Clear Creek the chance to cut the lead down to 17-14 by halftime. Dawson responded by outscoring CCMS 18-8 in the third quarter, opening up a 35-22 lead in the process. With reserves playing the closing minutes of the title game, the Tigers went on to claim the 45-31 victory and the seventh-grade boys championship.

The seventh-grade Dawson County Middle School Tigers pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The seventh-grade Dawson County Middle School Tigers pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

“It’s been an awesome season for us,” said Dawson head coach Steven Moates. “We’ve worked really hard and we’ve got a lot of kids with a great skill set and they work hard in practice. I told them in the locker room, ‘This is what hard work earns.’ They’ve done a great job for us. It means a lot, but it means more to the kids and the school. It’s just a great way to end the season.”

The seventh-grade Clear Creek Middle School Bobcats pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League runner-up trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

The seventh-grade Clear Creek Middle School Bobcats pose with the 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League runner-up trophy. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

“Nobody thought we were going to make it (to the title game). We’ve come a long way,” said Clear Creek coach Tim Davis. “A bunch of guys that got together at the first of the year, learned the system, had four one-point games and got a ton of experience. This is just a win all-around. I couldn’t be happier. The kids play hard, they learn and they’re respectful. They’re good kids and that’s a testament to them.”

The seventh-grade Tigers finish the year with an unblemished 10-0 record, while the Bobcats wrap up the season at 8-7.

After the Dawson/Clear Creek game, the Tigers recognized Luke Hamby (left) as their Academic Award recipient, Dakota Sonnidson (center) as their Tournament MVP and Will Howard (right) as their All-Tournament selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Dawson/Clear Creek game, the Tigers recognized Luke Hamby (left) as their Academic Award recipient, Dakota Sonnidson (center) as their Tournament MVP and Will Howard (right) as their All-Tournament selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Dawson/Clear Creek game, the Bobcats recognized Braden Jenkins (left) as their All-Tournament selection and Colton Nunn (right) as their Academic Award recipient. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Dawson/Clear Creek game, the Bobcats recognized Braden Jenkins (left) as their All-Tournament selection and Colton Nunn (right) as their Academic Award recipient. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATS (seventh-grade Lady Cats):

Emma Callihan: 17 points, four rebounds, two steals, 5/9 on free throws.

Natalie Thomas: Nine points, three rebounds, 1/3 on free throws.

Elly Callihan: Three points, five rebounds, 0/4 on free throws.

Emma Deyton: Three points, 11 rebounds, two steals, one block, 1/3 on free throws.

Hope Colwell: Three rebounds, two steals, one block.

Reagan Boling: Two rebounds, one steal.

STATS (seventh-grade Lady Rebels):

Abby Ledford: 10 points, two rebounds, two steals, 2/8 on free throws.

MacKenzie Johnson: Eight points, three rebounds, two steals, 2/6 on free throws.

Olivia Sisson: Seven points, four rebounds, three steals, 1/3 on free throws.

Prisilia Bautista: Four points, two rebounds, 0/6 on free throws.

Paige Foresman: Two points, five rebounds.

Alyssa Anderson: Seven rebounds.

Becca Ledford: One rebound, one steal.

STATS (seventh-grade Tigers):

Dakota Sonnidson: 23 points, five rebounds, three steals, one block, 3/8 on free throws.

Will Howard: Eight points, two rebounds, one steal, 5/6 on free throws.

Ty Whitmire: Seven points, three steals, two rebounds.

Max Tierney: Seven points, four steals, two rebounds, 0/2 on free throws.

Brendan Swafford: Five rebounds, three steals, one block, 0/2 on free throws.

Hayden McKinney: Two rebounds.

Preston Burt: One block.

STATS (seventh-grade Bobcats):

Braden Jenkins: 14 points, two rebounds, one steal, 1/3 on free throws.

Cameron Weaver: Eight points, six rebounds, one steal.

Lewis Mulkey: Three points, two rebounds, one steal, one block, 0/2 on free throws.

Brady Sanford: Two points, three rebounds, one steal.

Isaiah Hopper: Two points, seven rebounds, one steal.

Ethan Banks: Two points, one rebound.

Jacob Rhodes: Two rebounds.

 

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Pickens, Clear Creek to Meet in NGML Eighth-Grade Boys Finals

FCMS Basketball, Sports

The 2015-16 eighth-grade boys North Georgia Mountain League championship game is now set, as the Clear Creek Middle School Bobcats will take on the Pickens County Middle School Dragons.

The contest was solidified yesterday, after Pickens defeated the Fannin County Middle School Rebels 27-15 and CCMS bested the Riverview Eagles 27-20 in semifinal action at Dawson County Middle School.

Pickens explodes in fourth quarter to topple Fannin

Eighth-grade Pickens Dragon Brady Moore shoots one of his five fourth quarter free throw attempts last night. He went 4/5 on foul shots in the final period against the Fannin Rebels, aiding tremendously in the Dragons 27-15 semifinal victory. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Eighth-grade Pickens Dragon Brady Moore shoots one of his five fourth quarter free throw attempts last night. He went 4/5 on foul shots in the final period against the Fannin Rebels, aiding tremendously in the Dragons 27-15 semifinal victory. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Both the Dragons and the Rebels struggled offensively out of the gate, due to a combined 13 rebounds between both teams in the first quarter. A T.C. Jarrett bucket was all the scoring produced in the first quarter, giving Pickens a 2-0 lead.

Second-quarter foul shots from Brady Moore and Austin Chester extended the Dragons lead to 5-0. Fannin surged back after a Matthew Shirah three-point shot with 52 seconds remaining in the half. Two free throws from Miles Johnson sent the game into halftime tied, 5-5.

The lead traded sides several times throughout the third quarter, with the Rebels coming out ahead 13-12 by the end of the period. However, the Dragons made a comeback in the fourth quarter with a 15-2 run. A putback from Gabe Buchanan was the last offense generated by Fannin, before Pickens built a insurmountable fire to extinguish. Jarrett, Moore, Boz Gayden and Hayes Pickett all contributed baskets and foul shots that went on to give the Dragons the semifinal victory.

Clear Creek overcomes first half deficit to defeat Riverview

Eighth-grade Bobcat Connor Thompson launches a second-quarter three-point attempt. Against the Riverview Eagles yesterday, Thompson sank four three-pointers to help propel Clear Creek to a 27-20 semifinal victory. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Eighth-grade Bobcat Connor Thompson launches a second-quarter three-point attempt. Against the Riverview Eagles yesterday, Thompson sank four three-pointers to help propel Clear Creek to a 27-20 semifinal victory. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Riverview held Clear Creek scoreless throughout the first quarter and opened up a 7-0 lead in the process. C.J. Streicher sank an early second-quarter foul shot to finally get the Bobcats on the scoreboard, but despite later buckets from Alex Snelgrove, the Eagles soared to an 11-6 halftime advantage.

CCMS turned things in its favor in the third quarter. Three three-point shots from Connor Thompson breathed life into the Bobcats offense, with the third one tying the game 15-15 at the two-minute mark. Luke Wimpey then pulled Clear Creek ahead 19-18 with seven seconds remaining in the period, providing the Cats with a wave of momentum to ride into the fourth quarter.

The Eagles had a basket from in the final six minutes, while Clear Creek had another three from Thompson and one from Snelgrove. The shots helped propel the Bobcats to the 27-20 triumph.

Clear Creek and Pickens will meet to determine the 2015-16 NGML eighth-grade boys champion tomorrow at 5:15 p.m. at Dawson County Middle School.

After the Clear Creek/Riverview contest, the eighth-grade Eagles recognized Campbell Reed as both its Academic and All-Tournament selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley).

After the Clear Creek/Riverview contest, the eighth-grade Riverview Eagles recognized Campbell Reed as both their Academic and All-Tournament selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley).

After the game, the eighth-grade Fannin Rebels recognized Matthew Shirah as both its Academic and All-Tournament Selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the Pickens/Fannin game, the eighth-grade Fannin Rebels recognized Matthew Shirah as both their Academic and All-Tournament Selection. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATS (eighth-grade Dragons):

T.C. Jarrett: Eight points, eight rebounds, six steals, 2/4 on free throws.

Brady Moore: Eight points, 11 rebounds, one steal, 6/9 on free throws.

Hayes Pickett: Seven points, five rebounds, one block, 1/7 on free throws.

Boz Gayden: Three points, two rebounds, two steals, 3/8 on free throws.

Austin Chester: One point, one rebound, one block.

Carter Logan: Five rebounds, one steal.

Clayton Holland: Three rebounds.

Zach Tetterton: Two rebounds, one steal.

Jay Jones: One steal.

Aiden Sanchez: One rebound.

STATS (eighth-grade Rebels):

Matthew Shirah: Nine points, three rebounds.

Cohutta Hyde: Two points, three steals, two rebounds.

Miles Johnson: Two points, four rebounds, one steal, one block, 2/4 on free throws.

Gabe Buchanan: Two points, two rebounds.

Carsen Beavers: Six steals, three rebounds.

Jakob Tuggle: Three rebounds.

STATS (eighth-grade Bobcats):

Connor Thompson: 14 points, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks.

Alex Snelgrove: Eight points, seven rebounds, one steal, 1/4 on free throws.

Luke Wimpey: Three points.

C.J. Streicher: Two points, nine rebounds, two steals, 2/4 on free throws.

Mason Hadden: Two rebounds.

Tyler Wright: One rebound.

STATS (eighth-grade Eagles):

Campbell Reed: Eight points, three steals, one rebound.

Payton Goodwin: Three points, six rebounds, 0/2 on free throws.

Ty Kyle: Three points, five rebounds, one steal.

Will Glaze: Two points, nine rebounds.

Devin Joy: Two points, one rebound, one steal, 2/2 on free throws.

Brady Howell: Two points, two rebounds, one block.

Bailey Jennings: One rebound.

Tate Adkins: One steal.

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Fannin Ends Eighth-Grade Clear Creek Lady Cats Season

FCMS Basketball, Sports

The eighth-grade girls 2015-16 North Georgia Mountain League championship tournament play-in game went to the Fannin County Middle School Lady Rebels, as they defeated the Clear Creek Middle School Lady Cats 37-21 Tuesday night at Riverview Middle School to advance to the semifinals.

With the Clear Creek defense and Fannin offense struggling to catch-up, eighth-grade Lady Rebel Ashton Davis goes for a break-away layup as Lady Cat Josie Reece attempts to break-up the drive. She scored 11 points against the Lady Cats, as Fannin defeated Clear Creek 37-21 yesterday, to advance to the semifinals of the 2015-16 NGML tournament. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley).

With the Clear Creek defense and Fannin offense struggling to catch-up, eighth-grade Lady Rebel Ashton Davis goes for a break-away layup as Lady Cat Josie Reece attempts to break-up the drive. She scored 11 points against the Lady Cats, as Fannin defeated Clear Creek 37-21 Tuesday, to advance to the semifinals of the 2015-16 NGML tournament. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley).

Fannin established its dominance from the outset, but was aided by a bevy of bad Lady Cats passes that led to steals and turnovers for the Lady Rebels defense. Thanks to five first-quarter steals, Fannin led 15-2 at the end of the first period.

A Bailey Teague foul shot and a basket from Emily Dale was the only offense Clear Creek generated in the second. The Lady Rebels capped off a 27-point first half when Saidee Collins delivered a putback at the halftime buzzer.

The Lady Cats managed to outscore the Lady Rebels in the third quarter, but still trailed 32-13 at the end of the period. Although Clear Creek turned up its defense in the second half, including 12 rebounds and five steals, the deficit proved to be too much to overcome.

“We struggled offensively, which has been the story all year,” said CCMS coach Ashley Bryant. “But we did win the second half. They even said (after the game), ‘If we had played the first quarter the way we played the second half, it would have been completely different.’ It was good for them to see that.”

Fannin advanced to face the number-one seeded Riverview Lady Eagles in the tournament semifinals with the 37-21 victory. The loss left the eighth-grade Lady Cats with a 5-8 overall record for the year.

When asked about the season overall, Bryant expressed satisfaction in spite of the end result. “They have improved so much, from the beginning to the end. They knew it was going to be a difficult season, but they believed in themselves. It provided a bunch of motivation and I was glad to see them grow not just as players, but I’ve seen so much maturity from them as the season progressed. It’s not always about basketball. At times, it’s about life lessons, learning from things and I’ve seen a lot of growth from each of them. I’m very proud of them. I hate it ended the way it did, but it was a good chance to coach a good group of girls.”

The 2015-16 NGML tournament continues tomorrow and Saturday, at both Dawson Middle School and Riverview.

After the game, the NGML awarded eighth-grade CCMS Lady Cat Bailey Teague (32) with the All-Tournament Medal and Jalynn Ledford (42) with the Academic Medal. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

After the game, the NGML awarded eighth-grade CCMS Lady Cat Bailey Teague (32) with the All-Tournament Medal and Lady Cat Jalynn Ledford (42) with the Academic Medal. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

STATS (Lady Rebels):

Eryn Mealer: 12 points, three rebounds, three steals, 4/7 on free throws.

Ashton Davis: 11 points, two rebounds, one steal, 2/2 on free throws.

Saidee Collins: Six points, five rebounds, one steal.

Brook Patton: Three points, two steals.

Olivia Atkins: Three points.

Cassidy Nichols: Two points, two rebounds.

Anna Holloway: Four rebounds, one steal.

Morgan Holt: Three steals, two rebounds, one block.

Arene Chambers: Two rebounds, one steal.

STATS (Lady Cats):

Dinah Bragg: Seven points, one steal, 5/7 on free throws.

Emily Dale: Five points, four rebounds, one block, 1/2 on free throws.

Bailey Teague: Four points, five steals, three rebounds, 4/9 on free throws.

Josie Reece: Three points, three rebounds.

Jalynn Ledford: Two points, nine rebounds, two steals, 2/4 on free throws.

Anne Elise Williams: Two rebounds.

 

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Clear Creek Downs Fannin to End Regular Season

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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.

Seventh-grade

Seventh-grade Fannin Rebel Brady Martin denies Isaiah Hopper (21) a basket yesterday. Despite the block, the Rebels fell 37-29 to the Bobcats. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Seventh-grade Fannin Rebel Brady Martin denies Bobcat Isaiah Hopper (21) a basket yesterday. The Bobcats were undaunted and toppled the Rebels, 37-29. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

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.

Eighth-grade

Clear Creek eighth-grader Connor Thompson prevents Fannin Rebel Carson Beavers from getting an open look. Thompson led the Bobcats with 13 points in Clear Creek's 33-26 victory over Fannin yesterday. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Clear Creek eighth-grader Connor Thompson prevents Fannin Rebel Carson Beavers from getting an open look. Thompson led the Bobcats with 13 points in Clear Creek’s 33-26 victory over Fannin yesterday. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

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.

 

 

 

 

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Clear Creek Downs Fannin to End Regular Season

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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.

Seventh-grade

Seventh-grade Fannin Rebel Brady Martin denies Isaiah Hopper (21) a basket yesterday. Despite the block, the Rebels fell 37-29 to the Bobcats. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Seventh-grade Fannin Rebel Brady Martin denies Bobcat Isaiah Hopper (21) a basket yesterday. The Bobcats were undaunted and toppled the Rebels, 37-29. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

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.

Eighth-grade

Clear Creek eighth-grader Connor Thompson prevents Fannin Rebel Carson Beavers from getting an open look. Thompson led the Bobcats with 13 points in Clear Creek's 33-26 victory over Fannin yesterday. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

Clear Creek eighth-grader Connor Thompson prevents Fannin Rebel Carson Beavers from getting an open look. Thompson led the Bobcats with 13 points in Clear Creek’s 33-26 victory over Fannin yesterday. (Photo by: Kevin Hensley)

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.

Emma Callihan led CCMS with 15 points, while Bethany Burnette had six and Natalie Thomas picked up four. Lauren Smith had two and Emma Deyton sank a free throw.

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. Bailey Teague scored eight points for CCMS and Dinah Bragg scored the other six Cats points.

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.

 

 

 

 

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