By: Jim Steele
McKenzie's Rebel and Lady Rebel basketball teams had similar outings as they dispatched visiting District 13A rival Big Sandy Friday night. MHS celebrated homecoming.
McKenzie's girls won dereated the Lady Red Devils 55-21 while the Rebels downed Big Sandy 75-27 in the nightcap. Senior Molley-Kate Tippitt was crowned homecoming queen in pre-game ceremonies.
Big Sandy took the fight to McKenzie in the first quarter, taking a 13-8 lead. The Lady Rebels turned the ball over six times in the opening eight minutes. Lady Red Devil McKayla Pierpoint got things started for her team, scoring four of her team-high nine points in the first frame. McKenzie took an 8-5 lead when Rebekah Caruthers tied the game on her three=pointer. She followed that up with a pair of three throws, then Courtney Steinbuck finished things off with an old-fashioned three-point play. Big Sandy led 13-8 at the end of one.
McKenzie changed course in the second stanza. The Lady Rebels were more aggressive and started attacking the basket in lieu of jump shots. As a result, McKenzie enjoyed a run of 29 unanswered points and a 37-13 lead. Anna Comer led the charge, scoring 23 of her game-high 30 during the spree. Defensively, McKenzie didn't allow a field goal in the second or third quarters. Big Sandy was 0-17 from the floor during the run. With 3:41 to play in the third, Pierpoint ended the drought with her two free throws. Lydia Dykes converted Big Sandy's only field goal with :05 left in the game.
Caruthers and Steinbuck each had five for Big Sandy, followed by Dykes' two.
Comer was the only player in double figures for the Lady Rebels. She led with six rebounds. Shelby Butler and Jacey Davis each had six, Shelby Davis added four. Bailey Nelson had three points and five rebounds. Carissa Britt also had three points. Brooke Hobson, Olivia Wright and Macy Ognibene each had one.
McKenzie's boys surged from the opening tip in their battle with the Red Devils. The Rebels led 18-0 in the first 4:24 and led 29-6 after one. McKenzie moved the ball well, attacked the basket and held a 13-6 rebounding edge heading into the second quarter. Tyler King got off to a hot start for the Rebels, scoring eight of his game-leading 15 while pulling down four of his nine total rebounds.
Big Sandy, already in a big hole, showed signs of life when Dallas Allen and Kolten Christopher hammered away from the three-point line. The Red Devils couldn't string together enough good things in the second, however. They were 3-14 from the floor and suffered another rebounding deficit.
McKenzie rolled off a 10-0 run to start the third as the clock ran continuously in the second half. As the third and fourth quarters progressed, the Rebels built their lead to 50, 75-25, but Big Sandy scored to finalize the margin.
Brian Plehn led Big Sandy with six, Landon French added five, Johnson had four, Allen, Sidney Warbritten and Kameron Peach each scored three, Michael Davis tossed in two and Garrett Metcalf scored one.
McKenzie spread the wealth pretty well, production wise. Baucum had 13 points and seven rebounds. Dajour Edmonson scored nine and brought down six boards. Preston Edmonson scored eight, Paul Watkins seven, Chase Colotta and Lazarick Hill had five each, Lucas King four, Mason King and Ben Austin three apiece, Tyler Spivey added two and Nate Whitsell deposited one.
McKenzie visits Clarksburg Tuesday night, then head to Dresden for a pair of pivotal 13A contests. Big Sandy played at West Carroll Monday, then hosted Hollow Rock-Bruceton Tuesday. The Red Devils will head to Huntingdon Friday.
McKENZIE GIRLS 55, WEST CARROLL 28 at Atwood -- Anna Comer scored 25 to lead the visiting Lady Rebels to a 13A victory. Jacey Davis scored nine, Carissa Britt, Shelby Davis and Bailey Nelson each scored five while Lilli Taylor and Olivia Wright scored three each. Deidra Clark scored 10 and Gracie Cunningham eight to lead the Lady War Eagles.
McKENZIE BOYS 56, WEST CARROLL 44 at Atwood - Four Rebels reached double figures as they defeated host West Carroll Tuesday night. Brandon Baucum led the Rebels with 16, Preston Henderson had 12, Dajour Edmonson 11 and Tyler King 10. Jack Johnson led the War Eagles with 16 while Zach Heckert scored 10.