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Junior high basketball off and running
By John P. Mullen
   This season’s seventh and eighth grade Lady Lions have been quite busy in their first two weeks of the season. Both teams struggled against stronger teams in Pike Central and Vincennes Rivet before pulling out their first wins on the road Monday night at Shakamak. The following evening, they hosted North Daviess, and the seventh grade had a sub-par final frame, falling 16-12.  The eighth grade was just a bit more fortunate as they evened their record to 2-2 on the season with a solid 30-27 W.
   Against the Chargers, a 33-13 loss, Allie Walker totaled eight, Malorie Weisheit and Chassidy Bridges two, and Lauren Bowling a free throw.  The eighth grade actually led 16-14 heading into the final frame but eventually succumbed 23-17. Christina Ziegler hit for six, Taylor Hayes and Sabrina Stuffle supplied four each, Demi Richardson made two, and Kelsy Seals one charity toss. Rivet put the hurt on Loogootee in both games, 34-15 and 47-13. Walker scored seven, Weisheit four, and Bowling and Kaelyn Nonte each got a bucket.  The eighth grade got four from Richardson and Weisheit, Stuffle scored three, and Ziegler had two tallies.
   The seventh grade took a tight 21-20 affair at Shakamak. Walker and Weisheit again led with 10 and seven respectively while Bowling and Whitney Pendleton put in two points apiece. The eighth grade blew out to a 14-1 bulge and coasted 28-12. Hayes registered seven, Stuffle six, Richardson five, Seals and Ziegler four, and Bowling got free for two.  Finally, on Tuesday night, the seventh, tied 6-6 at intermission stumbled against the Lady Cougars 16-12.  Weisheit and Walker split the points down the middle.  Meanwhile, the eighth claimed their second straight outing 30-27.  Ziegler went off for 19, Hayes responded with seven, and Richardson the final four.    
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