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BMS Cats beat Whigham Indians

Wednesday night the Bainbridge Middle School Cats and Lady Cats Basketball team took on the Whigham Indians at home, where the Cats scored a major win, 47-17 and the Lady Cats narrowly lost in the last half 25-29.

BMS Lady Cats coach Reca Flanders said despite the loss, she was still really proud of her girls, as they haven’t practiced in almost three weeks due to COVID-19 exposure.

“Whigham is the toughest team we’ve played,” Flanders said. “We played good defense, unfortunately our shots just weren’t falling.”

The Lady Cats started the game off strong with Jaleena Jones making two three-point shots in the first quarter, giving the team six points, while the Whigham Indians scored nine in the first quarter.

Only three points behind, the Lady Cats then scored seven points in the second quarter. Destiny Jones scored four points, while Janiyhia Grant made a three-point shot. However, the Indians continued to pull ahead, scoring 12 points in the second quarter, giving them a 21-13 lead going into halftime.

Coming out of the half, the Lady Cats scored eight points in the third quarter. Da’nydia Campbell scored six points, while Jaleena scored another two. Not only did the Lady Cats score eight points, but their defense also made up for some of the lacking points and held the Indians to only five points.
It all came down to the fourth quarter, where Jaleena scored two points and Destiny did as well. The Indians only scored three points, but they still came out victorious.

“Destiny played really well tonight, especially with it being her first time playing,” Flanders said. “She’s improved a whole lot.”

Destiny is a seventh grader on the team, comprised of sixth and seventh graders. Flanders said Whigham was comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, but she was really happy to see her girls keeping up with them, considering more than half of the girls had never picked up a basketball, prior to joining the team this year.

“I’m proud of them, they worked hard,” Flanders finished.

Following the Lady Cats game, the seventh grade Bearcats stepped on the court.

Tyrese Jones led the team in scoring with 23 points, followed by Lanorris Jenkins with 10 points, Trenton Lee and Daylen Green with 5 points and Jordan Florence and Bryce Olds with two points.

“This was a great team win for our middle school basketball team,” Coach Patrick Clark said. “They did good sharing the ball, rebounding and moving their feet on defense.”

Clark said this game was a huge improvement since the start of the season and this game proved that the players are beginning to understand their roles on the team.