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Peebles’ Ethan Parrett (center) loses control of the ball amidst a mass of North Adam defenders in last Wednesday’s junior high boys game. Parrett led the Indians with 13 points as they downed the Devils 51-25.
North Adams, Peebles split pair of junior high games
As a prelude to last week's completion of the varsity boys suspended game, the junior high girls and boys teams from North Adams and Peebles took the floor last Wednesday evening at North Adams High School. The two games ended in a split, with North Adams taking a rather ugly girls game 15-10, and the Indians rolling in the boys game with a final score of 51-25.
With comparable records, the junior high girls game figured to be a close one but no one could have predicted the major lack of offensive production that was forthcoming. A lot of that had to do with some pretty solid defensive efforts and a lot of it had to do with some just poor shooting.
In the first quarter, the tone for the night was set as the two teams combined for just five points. North Adams got a basket from Brooklyn Young and a Caitlin Young free throw while all the Lady Indians could muster was a basket by Mckinlee Ryan.
The second period wasn't a whole lot better but the Lady Devils used a three pointer from Caitlin Young and a Brooklyn Wylie bucket to offset the one Peebles score of a Chrislyn Hamilton basket and North Adams led 8-4 at the halftime break.
The third quarter, though again low-scoring, belonged to the Lady Indians as they got a basket from Ryan and three points from Aubrey McFarland to draw to within one point at 10-9 as the fourth period began.
Peebles got a free throw from McFarland to tie the game at 10 , but that turned out to be the only point of a frustrating fourth quarter for the home team. Meanwhile, a 15-footer from Wylie put North Adams in front and the Lady Devils sealed the deal with Caitlin Young hitting three free throws down the stretch as her team avenged an earlier defeat with a 15-10 victory.
With the very few points that were scored, the Lady Devils were led by Caitlin Young, who scored 9 for the winners and hit 6 of 8 free throw attempts for a team that has struggled from the stripe all season. Peebles was topped by Mckinlee Ryan and Aubrey McFarland with 4 apiece.
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N. Adams (15): Wylie 2 0-0 4, C. Young 1 6-8 9, B. Young 1 0-0 2, Team 4 6-8 15.
Peebles (10): Ryan 2 0-0 4, McFarland 1 2-6 4, Hamilton 1 0-0 2, Sowards 0 0-2 0, Team 4 2-8 10.
N. Adams- C. Young 1
The boys game was a totally different story as the Peebles boys showed why they are still undefeated, knocking off North Adams for the second time this season, 51-25.
This Indians' junior high team has the perfect combination of good guard play and a strong inside presence and it showed early as guard Ethan Parrett and inside man Camron Gordley combined for 9 first quarter points as Peebles moved out to an 11-6 advantage. In that first period, the Devils got a Patrick England three-pointer but still found themselves looking at a deficit.
North Adams made things interesting in the second period, outscoring the home team 12-11. A Ryan Shupert trey, two buckets from Ben Figgins, and five points from Justin Knechtly kept the visitors right on the heels of the unbeaten Indians. When the halftime intermission rolled around, the Devils had some momentum and trailed just 22-18.
Good team recover from bad quarters and the Indians certainly did that, dominating play in the entire second half to squash any hopes of a North Adams upset. Parrett and Tanner Arey combined for 8 third quarter points as the Indians stretched their lead to 36-25.
Peebles put the hammer down in the final six minutes, holding the Devils scoreless while putting up 15 of their own to wrap this one up. Three easy baskets by Arey and a pair from Jacob Lightner helped the Indians coast to their 12th consecutive win, this time by that final count of 51-25.
Peebles had a balanced scoring attack, getting eight players in the book, two in double figures with the guard duo of Ethan Parrett scoring 13 and Tanner Arey 11. The big men inside combined for 16 points, with Camron Gordley and Brandon Suggs getting 8 each. For North Adams, now 6-5, Justin Knechtly led the way with 9 points, with Ben Figgins adding 6.
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N. Adams (25): Shipley 1 1-3 4, Knechtly 3 3-3 9, England 1 0-0 3, Shupert 1 0-0 3, Figgins 2 2-5 6, Team 8 6-11 25.