By: Jim Steele
CLARKSBURG, Tenn. - McKenzie Middle School suffered through a frustrating night in the Carroll County basketball tournament Monday night.
The Rebels fell 41-38 to archrival Huntingdon in the opener, which was pocked by controversy and technical fouls. In the girls' game, Clarksburg implemented a triangle-and-two defense and shortened the game against the Lady Rebels. The Lady Rockets rode their defense to a 19-14 victory.
The season ends for both McKenzie teams.
In the first game, McKenzie and Huntingdon locked into a tight battle that almost got out of control. A few technical fouls were distrubuted, but the Rebels' was the foul discrepancy. Huntingdon went to the line 28 times. McKenzie was 6-15 from the stripe.
The Rebels enjoyed balanced production. Noah Lowrance scored nine, Janson Davis added eight, Jack Surber tossed in seven, Chase Kelley scored six, Breshaun Oglesby added five and Keenan Taylor had three. A three-ball that would have tied the game at the end missed the mark and the Mustangs captured the victory.
Glynn Hilliard led the Mustangs with 10 points. Derek Johnson pitched in seven, Brandon Baker scored six.
The Rebels end their season with a 12-2 mark.
In the girls' game, McKenzie had problems establishing any kind of consistent offense. Clarkburg threw a triangle-and-two defense on the Lady Rebels, focusing their efforts on guards Courtney Broadbent and Infinity McClerkin. The gambit worked as the potent Lady Rebel duo combined for four points.
Clarksburg took a 5-4 lead in the first and didn't allow another McKenzie point until early in the third quarter. Kelsey Spivey had the hot hand and tied the game with her six-point flurry, which included a triple, a free throw and a bucket. Then McClerkin buried a triple from the corner with 2:08 to play which vaulted McKenzie in front, 13-10.
Turnovers and rebounding problems plagued the Lady Rebels, who struggled to piece together any kind of run. After McClerkin's triple, Clarksburg scored seven unanswered points and essentially salted away the game.
Spivey led McKenzie with eight points. McClerkin scored three, Emma McDaniel added two and Broadbent tossed in one.
Sarah Hickman led Clarksburg with 11, Addie Carden and Ariel Longmire each had four.
The Lady Rebels finish their season with a 7-6 record.