The Meade County High School Greenwave Basketball team’s losing streak finally came to an end in an away game against Trinity (Whitesville) so on Jan 31, they hoped to carry that momentum into their home game against District Rival the Breckenridge County High School Tigers. Meade came straight out of the gate running with a fast paced, in your face, offense that worked well against the Breck’s defense, and netted them a quick six-point lead quickly before Breck could even score their first basket. It would take Breck the entire period to close the gap on Meade but was able to tie the game with just over one-minute remaining in the period. Both teams would drop in a pair of baskets ending the first tied at 15-15.
“When we played these guys earlier in the season, we looked like a JV team against them. So tonight, they knew they had to come out and play hard,” said Coach Jason Tripure. “I told them that we’re going to have to attack, and they did that. It’s a process and they are working through it.”
Meade came out in the second to go on a 10-0 run over Breck, giving them the lead, forcing the Tigers coach to call a timeout. After the timeout Breck looked to close the gap once again by using their outside shooting, and that shooting came from senior Kaeveon Mitchell. Mitchell knocked down three 3-pointers in a row to put a quick nine points up on the board and close to within four of Meade. As the teams swapped baskets back and forth, Meade was able to keep a five-point lead as they headed to the locker rooms for halftime.
“We are doing things much better than we were a few weeks ago. They are not giving up when they get down, and I think that all comes back to confidence,” Tripure said of the teams good lay in the second, “As time goes on they are gaining that confidence and experience, and that goes along way for these young kids to get that varsity experience. They’re just going to get better and keep moving forward.”
Meade came out in the third and played a very stingy defense that made it hard for Breck to get off any quality shots, and when they did, Meade was there crashing the boards grabbing rebounds. With Meade clogging the middle and baseline, Breck once again had to look to their outside shooters to get them points, but this time Meade would be in the faces of the shooters making those shots difficult. Meade would be rewarded for their efforts by taking a four-point lead into the final period of the game leading Breck by a score of 42-38.
“Coach has been beating our butts in practice about crashing the boards trying to get us in that mentality,” junior Casey Turner said of the teams defense, “We really need to keep that up. Earlier in the year we weren’t doing that and now everyone is going at it wanting the ball.”
Breck came out in the fourth looking to Mitchell once again to put points up on the board quickly, and that he did. Breck grabbed a one-point lead with just under five-minutes left in the game. Both teams traded the lead back and forth until Meade put together a rally that gave them a five-point lead with 1:15 left. After Meade missed a pair of free throws, Breck pulled to within two-points with only 15-seconds left on the clock. In a last-ditch effort Breck threw up the ball towards the basket as time ran out, only to have it hit its mark and tie the game, sending it to overtime. Breck took a three-point lead over Meade in the overtime period, that Meade just could not recover from, even though they had numerous chances at the free throw line, but just could not capitalize on them. Meade called a timeout with 8.5-seconds remaining in the hopes to draw up a plan that would at a minimum tie the game, but Meade would be unable to sink the three, and drop their second overtime district game this season.
Breck Co 15 13 10 21 6 65
Meade Co 15 18 9 17 3 62