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Moyers Tigers open basketball season with double loss

November 10, 2011

The Moyers Tigers opened a much anticipated Basketball Season on Tuesday, November 1.    After an amazing rendition of the National Anthem sung by Taylor Billy, the Lady Tigers took to the court.

The Ladies are lead by 2 seniors this year, Shelby Geary and Brittney Bell.   The Ladies also have a new coach this year, Christi Braudrick.  The first quarter the Ladies nerves got the best of them and Brittney Bell was the first Lady Tiger to put points on the board.  The Ladies in white were down at half by 33-3.  Coach calmed the Ladies down at half time and the team looked much better in the second half. 

Senior Shelby Geary got things rolling and lead the Tigers on a scoring comeback in the 4th.  The Lady Tigers showed improvement and much better spirits in their play.  The Ladies hustled the whole game and we will be expecting good things from them this season.  Final score was 67-23 the Soper Bears coming away with the win. 

Next to take to the hardwood were the Tigers.  Lead by 3 seniors this year, Terrell Morgan, Zach Brittingham and Jacob Mattingly.  After a strong finish to the season last year, the Tigers have their sights set high for the upcoming year.  The Tigers did not disappoint in the season opener.  Junior Brandon Slocum got the opening tip for the Tigers. 

The Soper Bears took control and quickly went on the board leading the dazed looking Tigers.  It took a few minutes but the Tigers pulled themselves together and quickly made a comeback.  Brandon was the first Tiger to put points on the board.  Slocum also snagged a steal and tied the game 6-6 with 2:37 left in the first quarter. 

The Tigers started the second quarter much more aggressive with hustle by Junior Jordan Self and great teamwork to put the Tigers in command.  Zach Brittingham kept the pressure on defense and Junior Jake Dudley found his hot spot while Jacob Mattingly contributed his short range jumper.  Terrell Morgan ripped the net with a 3 pointer to put the Tigers up 31-17 at half.   It was all Tigers after when the boys took the court after halftime.  A breakaway steal by Jordan Self slowed the Red Bear building momentum and Kaleb Armstrong sealed the deal with a rip tearing 3.  The Tiger went on to defeat the Soper team 68-40.  The Tigers are coached by Shane Winters. 

The Tigers playe again later in the week against Milburn. On Friday night, after Miss Cali Winters proudly sang the National Anthem, the Lady Tigers took to the court.  Sr. Shelby Geary started things off right with a strong drive to the basket and scored the early 2. Shelby Clark added 2 and Jr. Tanna Thomas added a free-throw to keep the ladies in the running 23-11 after one. 

The 2nd quarter wasn’t so easy for the Lady Tigers, the shots were there but it seemed we couldn’t buy a basket.  The Eagles had the lead 34-19 at half.  The Lady Tigers only had 6 players and got into foul trouble early, but never gave up.  In the third quarter the Ladies were down to only 4 players.  Those four young ladies played with fire and determination.  The Lady Eagles ended up defeating the Lady Tigers 53-34, but I can honestly say it was the best we hustle and desire we have seen from the Lady Tigers.    Shelby Clark ended the night with 20, Shelby Clark with 9, Tanna Thomas with 1 and Cali Winters with 4. 

Next up was the Tigers.  After splitting 1-1 last year with Milburn, the Tigers knew they were in for a battle.  The Eagles came out on fire and hit 3 unanswered 3’s, leaving the Tigers speechless and scoreless.  The Tigers finally answered with a Jr. Brandon Slocum basket. 

This was a fast paced, ruff first quarter with Milburn taking a early 11-2 lead.  Jr. Jordan Self blocked a 3 point shot late in the first and that seemed to change the momentum, giving the Tigers their spunk back.  At the end of 1, the Tigers had pulled back with reach 18-8. 

The 2nd quarter started much better for the Tigers, with Brandon getting a breakaway steal and layup.  Jr. Jake Dudley pressure defense lead to another breakaway layup by Sr. Jake Mattingly to give the Tigers the first lead of the night 40-37 at the end of the 3rd. 

The 4th qtr was quite exciting with the lead changing hands many times, but ultimately the Tigers couldn’t shut down the 3 point shots from the Eagles and no calls seemed to be going the Tigers way.  The Tigers were defeated 61-56.  

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