The KMS 8th Grade Black Basketball Team improved to 3 – 1 on the season with a convincing 54 – 30 win at home against Pennfield. The Mounties jumped out to a 20 – 6 first quarter lead and never looked back. Nine of the 10 players dressed for the game scored. Coach’s Awards go to Grant Quinn, Chase Murdock, Damein Milliman, and Koby Castle, who all played their BEST games of the season. Grant and Chase are working HARD every day in practice and are improving rapidly. Damein is a GIFTED shooter every day in practice and nailed his first three-pointer. His defense is improving too. Koby was the WORK HORSE playing TOUGH interior defense, rebounding, and scoring.
The KMS 8th Grade Red Basketball Team improved to 2 – 2 with a SOLID 51 – 34 win at home against Pennfield. Playing their BEST team DEFENSE of the season, they jumped ahead early by holding Pennfield to just four first quarter points. Northwest led by 6 to 12 points most of the first three quarters, until a Pennfield player scored 10 quick points, closing the gap to one point. The Mounties calmly kept their composure, outscoring Pennfield 22 – 6 the rest of the game to get the win. (Of note: LAST YEAR, two Pennfield players torched NW for 8 three-pointers and 34 of their team’s 46 points. THIS YEAR, those same two kids were held to only 3 three-pointers and 20 of their team’s 34 points.) Coach’s Awards go to Ethan Anspaugh, Ashton Golightly, Ian Weller, and Joey Young. Ethan is SOLID every day in practice and on game days – – – and takes “instruction” in stride. He’s a kid every coach LOVES to coach. Ashton played his BEST game of the season with outstanding defense. Ian was a PEST in the POST at both ends of the floor. Joey held a Pennfield kid (who scored 15 points last year) SCORELESS!!! – – – Joey also did an outstanding job at point guard running the offense. – – – And he nailed a HUGE three-pointer late the third quarter when his team was clinging to a one point lead.