Mexico improves record to 6-1
The Mexico seventh-grade girls defeated the rival Hornets 23-5, improving to 6-1 for the year.
The Bulldogs rushed out to an early lead, leading 7-0 after one quarter and 15-2 at the half.
In the third-quarter, the Bulldogs and Hornets both played tight defensive games ending the period 17-2. The Bulldogs added eight more points in the fourth while holding the Hornets to three to secure the victory.
"This game really forced us to buckle down and play to our level," Mexico coach Stephanie Robinett said. "I saw a lot of hustle and determination from Hannah Rodgers and Raigan Playter. Aaryn Sampo and Mattie Roth also added a lot to the game with fast break drives and rebounds."
Rodgers and Playter were the Bulldogs' leading scorers with six points each.
The Mexico eighth grade girls basketball team lost a close game to the Fulton Hornets Thursday, 28-26, in Fulton.
"This game was a back-and-forth game within two or three points all night from the opening tip," Mexico coach Cindy Allison said. "The girls fought very hard and even though obviously we would have rather won, I am proud of how hard they worked throughout the game."
MacKenzie Davis recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points while coming up with 10 rebounds and two steals. Elisabeth Gooch had five points, seven rebounds and two steals and Kylie Morgan had four points, six rebounds and three steals. Maria Santiago rounded out the Bulldogs' scoring with one point.
"Our rebounding was much improved and we were able to put more defensive pressure on them as well," Allison said.
The seventh and eighth grade girls travel to Bowling Green today to face the Bobcats.
The Mexico seventh grade boys lost to the Hornets 31-17 at home. The Bulldogs led 7-4 after the first quarter, but were held scoreless in the second, heading into the half trailing 12-7.
The Hornets secured the victory in the third quarter, going up 21-13 by the end of the period.
"We came out playing with a sense of urgency we haven't had all year and jumped out to an early first quarter lead," Mexico coach Brandon Schafer said. "A scoreless second quarter really hurt us tonight; you can't have that at any level of basketball."
Cole Whalen led the Bulldogs in scoring with eight points. Jerry Cline contributed eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs on the boards. Taylor Bledsoe had four points and three assists, Tom Calaluce had two points, Jasean White had two points and Mason Templeton had one.
"As a team, things are starting to fall into place, and the chemistry needed for a team to be successful is starting to show," Schafer said.
The Mexico eighth grade boys beat the Fulton Hornets 46-12 to run their record to a perfect 7-0.
The closest the Hornets got was 13-6 at the end of the first quarter before the Bulldogs pulled away by holding Fulton scoreless in the second quarter.
Tyler Spargo led the team with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 block shots. Deion Wayman had 10 points and four rebounds. Jamarquay McGruder had seven points and two rebounds.
Michael White had six points, three rebounds, and two steals. Avion Williams had four points and two steals. Cameron Holman had four points while Tyler Brandow and Cameron Baumgartner each included two points as well.
"This was the best game we have played as a team all year," said Coach Ryan Richardson. "As a team we are having a lot of fun so far this year and this transfers to how we are playing this season;these kids deserve all the credit."
The seventh and eighth grade boys host the Bowling Green Bobcats today.