Middle School Basketball Roundup: LaFayette boys run past Heritage

Ringgold's Sydney Cantrell pokes the ball away from Gordon Lee's Emma McGraw during their season-opening meeting on Tuesday in Ringgold. (Photo by Scott Herpst)

The LaFayette Ramblers led 19-9 after one quarter and pulled away from there to beat Heritage, 59-32, in their season opener Tuesday night in Boynton.

LaFayette (1-0) led 27-15 at intermission and blew the game wide open with a 21-8 run to end the third quarter.

Junior Barber had 19 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal for the Ramblers, followed by Aidan Hadaway with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Jaylon Ramsey filled up the stat sheet with six points, seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals and a block. Cade Fisher picked up six points to go with four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Chase Landon had four points, two rebounds and an assist. Gray Payton had three points on one 3pointer, while Kendall Culqreth and Skylar Cepeda both added two points.

Marcus Fortson paced the Generals (0-1) with seven points, while adding two rebounds and an assist. Bryce Travillian added six points and five rebounds. Jacob Lozano scored five points, while Kaden Swope had there points, three rebounds and an assist. Collin Swearingin also chipped in with three points, adding four steals and an assist.

Other contributors for Heritage included Marcus Hagler (2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal), Ty Loveless (2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block), Hayden Hall (2 points, 2 rebounds), Ryan Heet (2 points), Cecil Bussey (1 assist) and Carson Green (1 assist, 1 steal).

Heritage girls 44, LaFayette 17

The Lady Generals got 11 points from Colby Murray and eight from Lauren Mock in their season-opening victory on Tuesday. Heritage jumped out to a 12-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

Riley Kokinda and Elliott Jost had six each in the victory, followed by Kalei Howard and Madeline Stone with four, Katherine Thompson with three and Brinley Horner with two.

Heather Tucker paced the Lady Ramblers (0-1) with 10 points. Abby Samsing finished with three, while Hailey Fisher and Shelley Warren dropped in two each.

Chattanooga Valley boys 54, Saddle Ridge 24

K’yan Clark had 15 points, Logan Montgomery added 13 and Amarreon Turner had 11 as the Eagles took care of the Mustangs in Flintstone.

Omari McCleary dropped in seven points for CVMS (1-0), who opened the game on a 9-0 run and ended it on a 19-4 spurt. Lamarcus Bailey was a defensive standout for the home team.

Nick Green and Brady Mullaly had eight points each for the Mustangs (0-2). Braeden Holland added four points, followed by Jonathan Edge with three. Kevin Kremb and Will Snider played solid defense for the Mustangs in the loss, while Snider led the team in rebounds.

Saddle Ridge girls 31, Chattanooga Valley 30

The Lady Mustangs (2-0) led 27-16 after three quarters, but had to stave off a furious fourth-quarter rally by the Lady Eagles to get the road win.

Mykeria Johnson fought through an injury to score 17 points, grab three rebounds and collect two steals. She also hit three 3-pointers. Samantha Cramer added 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, while Haven Yancy and Lexi Baker had two points and one point, respectively.

Annabell Hill paced CVMS (0-1) with 11 points, followed by Dasia Watkins with nine and Jenna Morgan with six.

Ringgold girls 40, Gordon Lee 15

The Lady Tigers shut out the Lady Trojans in the first half and coasted to an easy home victory in their season debut.

Taylor Layne had a dozen points to lead Ringgold (1-0). Baileigh Pitts added 10 points and Drew Burke finished with seven.

Kaitlyn Waggoner had five points to pace the Lady Trojans (0-1), followed by Emma McGraw and Star Alexander with four apiece.

Results of the boys’ game were not provided as of press time.

Trion JV boys 38, Saddle Ridge 27

In a game played in Rock Spring on Monday, the Bulldogs led 22-12 at halftime en route to the win.

Green had 12 points for the Mustangs in the loss, followed by Matthew Fry with six and Cole Spears scored five, all in the fourth quarter. Jackson Nicholson and Jaiden Smith added two points each.