The Sims Middle School Tigers hosted Carver on Monday night with the girls winning their match, while the boys fell well short of victory.
The Tigers were looking to build on the previous victory and take a positive step in conference play, but suffered a 49-34 loss.
Sims started slow and Carver jumped out to an early lead. Carver pressed Sims and the Tigers had trouble handling the pressure early.
The Tigers trailed by nine at the half and looked to erase the deficit in the third quarter. However, the Tigers once again had trouble with the press and turned the ball over which led to easy Carver baskets and the Tigers were never able to recover.
Leading scorers for the Tigers were Montray Feaster with 11 points and Quan Hardy with eight.
“We were outplayed tonight on both ends of the floor,” Coach Cam Willis said. “They got in our face and put pressure on us and we weren’t able to react the way we were supposed to. Once we stopped panicking we were able to get out and run towards easy baskets, but we also missed a few of those and that made it even more difficult. We have to practice harder, and I take full responsibility for that. I have to do a better job of preparing these guys to play. Either way, this one is over and we have to move on to the next one.”
The Sims Middle girls defeated Carver 43-39 at Sims Monday night in a hard-fought, very physical contest.
Although the Tigers were playing without defensive captain Payton Martin, the return of injured center Kendall Henderson helped tremendously on the boards.
Dexlie Inman destroyed Carver’s full court pressure with a 29 point performance, going to the free throw line a record 31 times.
Kendall Henderson scored nine points for the Tigers. Mallory McGee chipped in with three and Morgan Pittman added two points to round out the scoring.
The Lady Tigers now stand at 4-2 overall, and 1-2 in the conference.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” said Coach Kenny Harris. “They played so hard and many of them were playing positions they’d never practiced due to injuries and illnesses. We needed to win a very physical game like this to boost our confidence.”
The girls travel to McCracken Thursday for a final game before the Christmas break.