By: Jim Steele
McKenzie accounted for itself pretty well as it celebrated basketball senior night Tuesday.
The Lady Rebels took on the fourth-ranked Gleason Lady Bulldogs, led at the half and kept close, despite cold shooting in the second half, only to bow 44-32. In the nightcap, McKenzie's boys started to roll in the second quarter and claimed an 84-28 victory.
McKenzie had a District 13A game scheduled at Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central Friday, but the game was moved to Friday, Feb. 10 because of rampant illness that caused school closure until Monday.
In the opener, McKenzie took advantage of a cold-shooting Gleason effort in the first half, was a more dominant on the boards. The Lady Rebels were 10-18 shooting in the first half, while Gleason was 8-28 and held a 17-8 rebounding edge. Three-point shooting from Anna Comer, Shelby Davis and Shelby Butler enabled the Lady Rebels to lead 23-18.
McKenzie shooting turned frosty in the second half, hitting only two of its first 14 shots. Meanwhile, Gleason began its slow burn to the lead in the third. Gleason's Lilian Nichols got things rolling, then Jordyn Greene buried a three. Gleason outscored MHS 12-2 in the first 2:45, a spree interrupted by Carissa Britt's bucket at the 5:55 mark. The Lady Rebels never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
Nichols led Gleason with 10, Greene with nine. Comer led the Lady Rebels with eight points. Jacey Davis and Bailey Nelson had seven each, Shelby Davis scored six. Butler had three and Britt two points and seven rebounds. Comer and Shelby Davis each had six rebounds.
In the nightcap, McKenzie led 18-9 after the first quarter, then smothered Gleason in a second-quarter avalanche, starting with a 16-3 run in the first 3:21. Gleason was hampered by 17 first-half turnovers and three early fouls to its standout Lucio Solano, who was limited the rest of the way.
McKenzie led 51-19 at the half and outscored the Bulldogs 23-7 in the third. Solano, despite having four fouls, stayed in the game and led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Olen Reed had eight.
Senior Jason Baucum put on a show in the first half, but saw little action the rest of the way as the Rebels got the game under control. He finished with 11 points. Dajour Edmonson tossed in nine. Chase Colotta had nine points off the bench, Lucas King scored eight, Preston Henderson seven, Ben Austin and Nate Whitsell, six each; Mason King added five, Bryce Wiggins had four, Paul Watkins and West Cook scored three each and Micah Austin deposited two.
The seniors were recognized between games. Cheerleaders are Olivia Bowden, Taylor-Anne Bradshaw, Madyson Driggers, Emma Pate and Emma Pate. Girls' basketball members include Carissa Britt, Anna Comer, Tori Browning and Kelsey Hyer. Boys' basketball players are Brandon Baucum, Dajour Edmonson, Preston Henderson, Mason King, Tyler King, Paul Watkins and Bryce Wiggins.
In Monday night action:
TRENTON-PEABODY GIRLS 54, McKENZIE 38 at McKenzie - The visiting Tidettes rolled to an early 27-7 lead and earned an inter-district victory over the host Lady Rebels. Stacie Mayberry led the Peabody girls with 17 and Maya Anderson had 13.
Anna Comer led the Lady Rebels with 12 and Jacey Davis had 11. In the nightcap:
TRENTON-PEABODY BOYS 48, McKENZIE 44 at McKenzie - The Golden Tide escaped McKenzie after a tough defensive battle Monday night. The game was close throughout, but the Tide took a four-point lead at the half.
McKenzie battled back and forth, but fell behind 37-29 in the third. It never was able to climb the hill. Logan Whitmore led the Golden Tide with 14 and Ladarius Harris had 13. Edmonson led the Rebels with 15 and Henderson scored nine.
The Rebels played at Huntingdon Tuesday night and will visit Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central 6 p.m. Friday.