- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
A solid defensive effort coupled with scoring contributions from nine different players yielded a 34-13 win by the Halifax County Middle School basketball team at Park View on Monday. James Smith Jr. led the Lions with eight points, while Jarvis Owens had seven points and Kelonte Gutrich six points.
Tylik Powell scored four points, and Will Miller, Kavon Fitzgerald, Andru Walker and Brandon Hollowell added two points apiece for Halifax County, which also got a point from Quentin Jennings at the foul line.
Halifax hit six of 14 free throw attempts for the contest, which saw the Lions take a 10-2 lead after one quarter, with Smith and Gutrich scoring six and four points, respectively.
A 12-4 run in the second quarter gave Halifax a big cushion at 22-6, and the Lions cruised home from there, despite hitting only one field goal in the third quarter and four in the fourth quarter as a team.
The Lions’ offense looked good against Park View, but the key to the win was defense, according to Head Coach W.J. Long.
“Our back line man defense is looking very good with Jarvis Owens on their ball handler,” said Long.
“He is really causing problems for teams trying to run their offense, but everyone got into the game and our reserves made significant contributions.
“R.J. Scott came in, played physical and got some nice rebounds, while Nick Jones came off the bench and made contributions on both ends of the floor.”
Now 4-2 overall and 3-0 in the Southside Middle School Conference, the Lions travel to Bonner Wednesday to face the Braves.