The Hobbton Middle Wildcats and the Midway Middle Raiders squared off Monday afternoon in middle school basketball. The Raider girls came away with a 45-18 win. The Wildcat boys came out with a 33-16 win.
Midway coach Selena Joseph said, “The first quarter was a little rough for us. That was the most we have been challenged this year. We were trying a little bit different defense. Once we reset and went back to what we were comfortable with we got together and they started struggling getting the ball across the court with our press.”
Paranza Best, Hobbton’s coach said, “Midway has a good press and our team came out kind of nervous in the beginning. In the second half, they turned things around. We are a work in progress and I feel like we’ll get it after while…hopefully before the end of the season. We have a young team and I’m grateful for hard work.”
Midway had a balanced scoring effort. Leah Williams led with 10 points. Alex Canady and Lindsey Naylor had 8 each. Alyssa Wrench had 7, and Karlee Martin had 6. Kasey McLamb had 3 steals and 1 rebound. Martin, Madeline Royal, Wrench, and Rachel Hodges had 5 rebounds each, and Mackenzie Chavis had 4 rebounds. Hannah Lucus had 5 steals.
Denise Lamb had 10 points for the Wildcats.
Jackson Temple, Hobbton’s coach said, “We played really good defense. We didn’t finish a lot of plays. We just didn’t transition well tonight. We just have to finish the plays. We missed a lot of lay-ups. Our defense kept us in the game. We have a lot of work to do in practice tomorrow to get ready for Sampson Wednesday.”
For the Wildcats, Omar Farrior had 16 points, Josh Blue had 10 points and Greg Jacobs had 4.
The 6-1 Wildcat boys will host Sampson Wednesday as well as the girls. Midway will travel to Roseboro.