Photos by Rich Fairman| The Meade County Messenger
Cade Scott tried to grab the rebound but missed it before it fell into a Lakers possession. Scott finished the game with nine points.
The undefeated Stewart Pepper Middle School Greenwave basketball team hosted the West Hardin Middle School Lakers on Jan 25, which would be one of their hardest fought games yet. SPMS was able to jump out in front of West Hardin quickly, taking a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but West Hardin was able to bounce back and close to within two by the end of the first. With West Hardin coming out in the second period with a full court press, SPMS had trouble getting the ball up court, which resulted in turnovers. Both teams traded baskets back and forth through the second, but West Hardin was the team that would take a two-point lead into the locker room at the half.
At the start of the second half, West Hardin came right back at SPMS with tier man-to-man defense, while SPMS elected to drop back into a zone defense. Regardless of the defenses that each team was playing, neither offense could get anything going or build any sort of momentum. At the end of the third, the score was tied up at 32 apiece. SPMS was able to grab a small lead in the fourth which looked like they might be able to get out of there with their fifth win of the season, but West Hardin came back in the end to tie the game with just under a minute left in the game. SPMS was not able to get the last shot off for the win which sent the game into overtime.
In the overtime period SPMS had multiple chances of turnovers to jump out in front, but could not capitalize on the other end of the court. Even on easy layups, SPMS just could not get the ball through the hoop while West Hardin was making out backs to take a late lead. With just under a minute left, SPMS found themselves four-points behind, which forced them to make hurried inaccurate shots that didn’t find their marks, which resulted in their first loss of the season.