February 9, 2014

Middle school roundup: Westside beats Bagley in tight 8th-grade championship

Westside Middle School’s eighth-grade boys basketball team won 52-49 Saturday against Bagley to claim the North Georgia league championship in coach Bob Campbell’s final game coaching the Bagley Braves.

Campbell, who was honored last month, has coached at Bagley for 25 seasons and has won more than 350 games. Saturday’s tilt against Westside was his last as he resigns from coaching the team, along with the seventh-grade boys. The teams were tied 13-all when the first quarter ended, and Westside (16-2) built a 26-24 halftime lead and 40-31 cushion entering the final quarter, but Bagley (11-3) battled back.

This was the third game between the teams, as Westside won the first two by 20 and 24 points. This Westside roster also won the seventh-grade league title a year ago. Luke Shiflett led Westside with 22 points, while Luke Neely added 16 points.

Wayland James’ 27 points, including five 3-pointers, led Bagley.

To get there, Bagley won 38-29 against Valley Point. James scored 12 points and Braedon Bond added 11 for the Braves.

Valley Point coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

• New Hope’s eighth-grade girls (16-0) claimed the league championship Saturday after the team finished 14-0 last season and won the seventh-grade title. Rylee Maret led New Hope’s scorers with seven points, while Hallie Brooker and Maggie Linder each scored six. A total of seven New Hope players scored at least three points.

New Hope reached the championship with a 44-23 victory on Friday against Gladden. Holly Heath scored 16 points while Linder added 12 points.

Westside won 27-19 in the first round Friday against Bagley, which finishes the season 8-5 overall. The Lady Braves were led by Savanah Satterfield’s nine points.

Westside coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.  Gladden coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

• New Hope’s seventh-grade girls claimed the league title with a 37-30 win Saturday against Westside. This is the fourth straight season New Hope has claimed both the seventh- and eighth-grade girls titles. Olivia Jones led New Hope (12-2) with 15 points, while Alaina Thompson added seven points and Jada Griffen and Sydney Horne each scored six points.

Westside coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

New Hope reached the championship with a 30-19 win Thursday against Bagley. Horne led with 12 points, and Shelby Morrison added eight. Bagley finished the season 8-5 overall. The Lady Braves were led by Sarah Plemons’ 11 points.

• The seventh-grade boys championship was not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

New Hope beat Eastbrook 22-20 on Thursday in the first round. Denzel Allen led Eastbrook with nine points, and Austin Brock added seven.

New Hope coaches did not report statistics by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.

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