The Meade County Stuart Pepper Middle School Eighth Grade Greenwave Basketball team played their final home game of the season against the LaRue County Middle School Hawks on Jan. 16, after they were recognized by their coaches and school staff. Both Meade and LaRue started the game off at a fast pace, with neither team able to get out in front of the other keeping the game close through the first. In the second period Meade’s defense began to give LaRue trouble as they brought the ball up court, disrupting their offense allowed Meade to cause turnovers. On the transition Meade moved the ball well, getting it to open players on fast breaks which allowed them to build a small lead prior to the half. Meade’s play proved to be much more superior to that of the Hawks on both sides of the ball during the first half of play, as Meade went into the locker room with a five -point lead.
At the beginning of the third period LaRue came out with a little spark of life as they were able to put together an offense that seemed to get around Meade’s lax defense, allowing them to go on an eight-point run, closing the gap on Meade. By the end of the third period, LaRue had closed to within one-point of Meade and had all the momentum going into the final period. During the fourth period, Meade switched their defense back into a zone, keeping LaRue from driving the basket and forcing them to take shots from the outside the key. Meade’s offense was able to stay just one step ahead of LaRue, hitting the shots they needed to maintain a lead, but LaRue got to within one-point with just under four seconds left on the clock. Meade Center, Trever Ling, came up HUGE with a block on a LaRue shooter, that kept Meade ahead, but then with only 1.7sec left on the clock, Meade fouled a LaRue shooter, giving them two free throws, and a chance to win the game. The LaRue shooter would miss both free throws, and Meade grabbed the rebound as the clock ran out, giving them a narrow win over the Hawks, by a score of 33-32.