Seventh-grade teams log wins
The Lexington Trails Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball teams have continued an up-and-down season.
The B team lost two of its last three games, now sitting with a 3-2 record. The squad defeated Mill Creek Middle School, 24 -12.
Seven Panthers scored as Jonny Hodges led the team with six points. Liam McDaniel had five, Caleb Ray four and Taylor Phongsaveth three. Adonis Searls, Noah Cardiff and Zach Umholtz all added two.
In their game against Piper, the Panthers lost a back-and-forth game, 27-26, despite taking the lead in the last minute of the game. Hodges led all scorers with 11 and Ryan Stallbaumer added six. Ray had four, and Cardiff and McDaniel each chipped in two. The Panthers also came up on the short end against Monticello Trails, falling 39-12. They fell behind 18-5 at halftime and never did recover.
Hodges led all scorers with four.
The A team has been unable to put together back-to-back games and now sits with a record of 2-4.
It lost to Mill Creek, 42-32, despite being close most of the way. Josh Pasley led a balanced attack with nine points. Alex Pruss had six; Braiden Turner, five; Zack Griffiths and Corbin Clark, four; and Hunter Peak and Stallbaumer, two. Pasley also added nine rebounds.
The Panthers bounced back with a win at Piper. After trailing by seven at half, Lexington Trails rallied in the second half and took the lead midway through the fourth quarter.
After back-and-forth lead changes, Noah Cardiff knocked down one of two free throws with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 33-33.
Hunter Peak emerged with the ball after a last-second scramble. His buzzer-beating shot drew nothing but net and Lexington Trails won the game, 35-33.
Turner led all scorers with 15, including 8 in the final quarter. Clark had seven; Peak, six; Pasley, three; and Cardiff, one.
The Panthers dropped their last two contests against a pair of their toughest opponents to date. After going in tied at the half 17-17 against Monticello Trails Middle School, the Panthers hit a cold spell in the second, only scoring eight points. They lost, 40-25.
Josh Pasley had a great individual game knocking down 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Clark added four points and 10 rebounds. Turner, Pruss and Cardiff all had three and Peak chipped in two.
The Panthers troubles continued against Pioneer Ridge Middle School of Gardner. A terrible second quarter put the Panthers behind 21-5 at the break, but a determined group fought back and had an opportunity to cut the lead to six with two minutes to play. A few missed chances stalled the comeback and the Panthers dropped their second straight game, 38-27.
Turner led the scoring with nine, followed by Clark, who had eight. Pasley led the way with 10 rebounds, Peak grabbing six. Rounding out the scoring was Griffiths with three, and Peak, Pruss and Hodges with two each. Stallbaumer added one.