The KMS 8th Grade Black Basketball Team improved to 6 – 1 with a hard fought win at home against Lumen Christi, 49 – 30, setting up what will be a BATTLE for first place next Monday in a rematch at Coldwater, who is the only team to have beaten the Mounties this season. The game was tied 8 – 8 at the end of the first quarter. Then KMS began a man-to-man press that proved to be the difference. Coach’s Awards go to Keegan Vowels, Grant Quinn, Damein Milliman, and Javier Campbell. These four OUTSTANDING Mountie young men work HARD every day in practice, have GREAT ATTITUDES, and have all played IMPORTANT roles in the team’s success so far this season. Grant and Damein continue to improve every day. Both are good shooters. Keegan is a “fire cracker” on the defensive end of the floor and also has solid offensive skills. Javier is athletic, experienced, and fluid on the court.
The KMS 8th Grade Red Basketball Team is now 5 – 2 and solidly in second place in the league standings after avenging an overtime loss at Lumen Christi the first game of the season. The Mounties pressed right away, jumped out to an 18 – 6 first quarter lead, and never really looked back as they won easily, 55 – 23. It was their best team defensive effort of the season, as they held one of Christi’s best players to 6 points after he torched KMS for 20 points the first time. Coach’s Award recipients are Ashton Golightly, Jermaine Buckner, and Dylan Leutz. Ashton consistently played SOLID defense and ALWAYS brings a level of TOUGHNESS to the court that can’t be coached. Jermaine played very UNSELFISHLY, passing up decent shots to look for his teammates. Dylan played his best game of the year, scoring 7 quick third quarter points, including a 3-pointer. Dylan had NEAR misses on at least two other 3-pointers that “danced” around the rim.