Sports Writer Quincy Williams
The McPherson Middle school’s four basketball teams nearly completed a full sweep of Newton on Thursday night. The lone loss came in the 8B boy’s team game, and even in that loss, they held the lead going into the fourth. Overall, all four teams look to be in great shape going into Christmas Break.
The 8A girl’s team beat Newton 43-25, improving their record to 9-1. Their only loss came to a non-league opponent, Maize South. Karter Alvord and Alex Romero led the charge. They both scored in double-figures with 16 and 10 respectively. Alvord has scored in double-figures in every game except for a low-scoring affair against Salina Lakewood. Alvord is averaging 13.5 points per game.
“Other than a moment or two we played unreal defense on ball and our help defense showed up in ways we haven’t seen yet,” Head Coach T.J. Jackson said. “Newton had a girl who was a great basketball player and she got her points, but our girls were in her face, our posts did great helping when she drove, and our girls we had playing her one on one played lights out.”
Jackson also said this was the best his team has looked all season offensively.
The 8B girl’s team beat Newton 23-21 in a nail biter. They moved to 6-2 on the season. Gabrielle Mason, Kyndall Sandbo and Jayla McLeod had eight, seven and six respectively. Head Coach Ellie Wingert was impressed with her team.
“The girls played well tonight against Newton,” Wingert said. “We got off to a slow start defensively after jumping out to a quick lead. There were moments where we were outmatched and out-hustled in the first quarter, keeping the game pretty close. Once the girls settled in, our defense stepped up in big ways throughout the game to out-work Newton in each aspect of the game.”
The 8A boys team crushed Newton, 57-32 Thursday night behind a twenty point explosion from Javyn Alexander. Eight players scored in the game which is always a great sign of ball movement and offensive efficiency. Kreighton Kanitz continued the great season he’d been having with 14 points as well.
“Once again our defense was set by Javyn Alexander, who gave great on-ball pressure and it allowed us to get some steals and get out into the open court,” 8A Coach Jay Crawford said. “The players are really buying in on playing good team defense and doing it with a toughness about it.” Crawford also noted the grit of his roster, “We did a great job getting those 50 -50 ball which really shows how tough we are. As hard as the players play I knew we had to build a bench that would allow us to keep our defensive pressure going and we have and they are helping us wear teams down.”