By Angie Ledbetter
The North Delta Junior High boys‚ basketball team started 2008 the same way they ended 2007– with a win.
The first win of the new year came against Deer Creek on Friday, January 4. The Waves had the game in hand throughout and put up a whopping 64 points against the Junior Warriors’ 11 point effort. The junior high team improved their record to 8-0 to remain undefeated. They are 3-0 in the district.
Nickle led the team scoring 13 points. Corbin Baker scored 12 points. Jim Tom Copeland had 10, Bailey Guckert had 8, Michael Magee had 4, Tres Brasell had 4, Sean king had 4, Luke Williams had 4, and Carson Bailey had 2.
The junior high Green Wave put up 21 points before they allowed Deer Creek to put up their first 2 points with 2:33 on the clock in the first quarter. Corbin Baker put up the first points for the Green Wave team when he made a lay-up. The quarter ended with the Jr high Green Wave up 26-2.
To start the second quarter, Baker made 3 points and “B” Nickle followed him with 3 to put them up 33-2. Deer Creek made 1 of 2 free throw shots and the Green Wave followed with 2 points to put the score 35-3. Head Green Wave Coach Brad Wilson put in all new subs to play. The Green Wave were up 37-5 at the half.
The third quarter was no different with the younger players in the game for the Green Wave team. Deer Creek continued to struggle to get points on the board. The shot of the night came when an eighth grader, #22 Bailey Guckert for the Green Wave team, shot the ball from behind him and made the basket for 2 points with 43.8 seconds left in the third quarter. The quarter ended with the Jr high Green Wave team up 58-7.
In the fourth quarter, the 7th grade players for the Green Wave team came in and played. They were Jonathan Mackey, Renic Greenlee, Hunt Howell, Alan Larson, and Gant Carter. They held their own until the end allowing only two points when a foul was called.
The final score was 64-11 with the Jr high Green Wave team dominating the entire game with every player getting playing time.
“I believe that they were a young team,” said Green Wave Head Coach Brad Wilson. “I’ve got a lot of ninth graders that are experienced and have played for me the last two years.
“This is our first game back and they came out ready to go,” he added. “We came out pressing and did well. We caused a lot of turnovers and got some easy lay-ups. That got us up real quick. We played really good fundamental sound defense. We blocked out really well. We were a little bit bigger than they were and of course this game is a big man’s game. Anytime you have a size advantage, it makes it a little be easier to come up with the win.
“Everybody came in tonight and played,” the coach continued. “The eighth graders came in and did well. They played about a quarter really well. I was also impressed with the seventh graders. They ran the offense like they were supposed to and played pretty good defense. Everybody got in so that meant it was a good night.”