The Spring City Middle School (SCMS) Bulldog basketball teams ventured to Chilhowee Middle School on Friday, and came home with a 1-1 record. The Lady Bulldogs fell 26-13, and the Bulldogs won 37-32.
The SCMS teams hosted Loftis Middle School on Monday, and chartered two losses, as the Lady Bulldogs fell 48-11, and the Bulldogs suffered a 49-35 setback.
Lady Bulldogs 13, Chilhowee 26
The Chilhowee girls’ squad won the first quarter 12-2, and closed the first half with a 20-2 lead.
Alicia Ingle led the Lady Bulldogs in the third period with nine points, including a trey, to help outscore Chilhowee 9-2.
Chilhowee held on in the fourth, edging SCMS 4-2.
Scorers for the Lady Bulldogs include: Ingle 9; Katie Waldo 2; Jenna Burchard 2.
Bulldogs 37, Chilhowee 32
The SCMS Bulldogs won three out of four quarters to best the hosts. Hank Logsdon tallied eight of his 14 points in the opening quarter to help the Bulldogs jump out to a 12-7 lead.
Both teams remained consistent in the second, as the Bulldogs outscored Chilhowee 12-7 and took a 24-14 halftime lead. Contributing points in the second period were Logsdon (5), Keshawn Smith (4) and Cooper Brackett (3).
Chilhowee won the third 11-6, and both teams charted seven points apiece in the fourth and final quarter.
Scorers for the Bulldogs include: Logsdon 14; Smith 11; Brackett 5; Caleb Carr 4; Brylle Villagonza 3.
Lady Bulldogs 11, Loftis 48
The SCMS girls battled the visiting Loftis girls’ team to an 11-7 score at the end of the first quarter, in favor of Loftis. Loftis took advantage of multiple turnovers caused by full court pressure defense and second and third chance rebounds to expand its lead, and eventually secure the win.
Despite the setback to the Lady Bulldog team, who only has one eighth-grader on the roster, SCMS head coach, Ashlee Brackett is happy with the progress her young team is making throughout the year.
“I’ve seen a lot progress in them, and they get better every day,” said Brackett. “They listen, and work hard in practice, and they work hard in games. We’re just young, and only have one eighth-grader on the team, but we are getting better.”
Scorers for the Lady Bulldogs include: Karma Swafford 7; Waldo 4.
Bulldogs 35, Loftis 49
The SCMS boys trailed 14-3 mid-way through the first quarter in the contest, but battled back to a 17-10 score, in favor of Loftis, headed to the second period.
The Bulldogs were only down 22-19 at the half, and continued to battle in the second and third quarters, winning both periods with a combined score of 19-18. Behind the career-high game from Caleb Carr, who tallied 16 points on the night, SCMS went on a 16-4 run in the second and another run in the third to cut the Loftis lead to 29-27. However, Loftis regrouped, and went on a 20-8 run to close the game and secure the win. Cole McCormick dropped in 34 points for Loftis.
Bulldog head coach, Wiley Brackett, lauded his young team’s effort against a very good, and undefeated Loftis team.
“We’re a scrappy bunch. We have some things we’ve got to work on, such as some man-to-man stuff, take better shots and handle the basketball,” said Brackett. “But, to be a seventh grade loaded team, with only one eighth-grader, I couldn’t be more pleased tonight. I loved their effort. And, that’s what I try to teach these kids here at Spring City, is have a little fight about you. You know, we’re not going to give up, and that’s the reason we played all the way to the end like they did tonight.”
Scorers for the Bulldogs include: Carr 16; Logsdon 8; Smith 6; Latron Alloway 2; Villagonza 2; Brackett 1.
The SCMS teams will travel to Vonore Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with varsity only games beginning a 6 p.m.