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CMS girls red squads 'tag team' for win over Seton

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

RICHMOND — Traveling to Richmond to face Seton Catholic on Wednesday, the Connersville Middle School girls red teams discovered that the Lady Cardinals had only one team.

No problem for the Lady Spartans, however. They simply took turns on the court.

For the first half, the seventh-grade girls tilted on the court, showcasing its offense and defense. The eighth-graders then closed out the game in the second half.

For the seventh-graders, Taylor Watkins, Rayleigh Bresher, Paige Bennett and McKenna Lucas each scored a basket through two quarters, leading Connersville to an 8-7 hafltime lead.

Following the break, CMS’ eighth unit took control, leading the split-squad to a 36-17 win.

The eighth-graders were paced by eight points from both Sara Ruble and Kendra Boyd. Katie Mitchell and Amy Rowe both added four, and the duo of Lydia Powell and Baylie Spurlock chipped in a basket each.

Middle school 7th white doubled up in loss vs. St. Mary’s

The Connersville Middle School girls white seventh-grade team traveled to St. Mary’s on Tuesday night, and in spite of a strong defensive effort, returned home saddled with a 20-10 loss.

CMS held its opponent to only six second-half points, but could not get its offense on the same page.

“Boxing out and a failure to run the offense prevented us from a win,” Connersville coach Kyle Carsey said.

Scoring in the game for the Lady Spartans were Makayla Strong, Gabby Buehner, Ellie Lakes and Pacey Gettinger.

CMS boys white splits pair with New Castle

Both Connersville Middle School boys white teams were in action against New Castle inside the Spartan Arena on Wednesday, with mixed results.

Both teams were involved in tough contests, the seventh-grade boys falling by a score of 29-21, dropping the team to 5-6 on the season.

In the eighth-grade contest, however, the Spartans needed overtime, but was able to pull out a 36-30 victory.

“The game was very physical, making it difficult to get baskets inside, especially in the first half,” CMS coach John Reynolds said of the seventh-grade contest. “In spite of that, the Spartans were able to get stops to keep the game close, until being forced to foul late in the fourth quarter.”

Nate Reynolds led the seventh-graders with eight points. He was followed by Elijah Murrah with four points, and the duo of Joe Miller and Nate Garrison with three each.

In the eighth-grade game, rebounding played a big role for the Spartans, as Chanler Fox hauled down nine boards, followed by Gavin Jones with eight, and Carter DeBoard with seven.

“Tonight was one of our best rebounding nights of the year,” CMS eighth coach Chris Bloom said.

Still, he added that he thought his charges nearly handed the game away.

“I thought we tried to do everything possible to give the game away,” he said. “We were able to make a couple of key plays to take the victory, however.”

Chance Bentley scored 11 points to lead Connersville in the scoring column. Brayden Pearson followed with eight, and Carson Lingg added seven. Also scoring for CMS was Gavin Jones (4), Grant Lewis (4) and Dalton Harlan (2).

The Spartans improved to 11-2 with the victory.