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January 10, 2013

Eighth Grade Boys Establish Basketball Rivalries

Basketball fans appear to have some budding rivalries to watch over the next several years as the eighth grade boys basketball season pitted some evenly matched squads from across the area against one another.

Scotland County faired fairly well, posting a 10-4 mark on the year.

The Tigers opened the season with a 29-26 loss at Clark County. The score was tied 18-18 at the end of three but the Indians pulled away in the fourth period. Aaron Buford had eight points and Grant Campbell had six for the Tigers.

SCR-I rebounded with a 43-26 victory over Canton on October 30th in Memphis. Elijah Cooley had a big first period and the Tigers never looked back. He finished with 12 points. Buford added 13 points and Aaron Blessing had five points in the win.

The boys made it two in a row with a 46-36 victory in Queen City. Buford poured in 20 points in the win. Ryan Slaughter added 10 points and Campbell and Ian See each had six points.



Griffen Kerkmann goes upf ro two points in junior high hoops action this season.


It took a double overtime, but SCR-I avenged the season-opening loss to Clark County with a 40-37 victory in Kahoka on November 6th. Buford led the way with a season-high 24 points.

The Tigers continued to roll, knocking off Putnam County 33-24 to improve to 4-1 on the year. Buford topped the scorebook with 14 points. Cooley pitched in with 11 points and Campbell finished with seven.

Milan was next to fall to the Tigers, as they ran past the Wildcats 42-24 in the opening round of the Putnam County Tournament. Buford had 18 points and Cooley had 11 for the winners. Slaughter finished with seven points and Caleb Manchester, Buford and Campbell each added a bucket.

The winning streak came to an end in the semifinals as Putnam County knocked off the Tigers 36-33. Buford led SCR-I with 15 points. Slaughter had seven, Campbell had six and See finished with five points.

Schuyler County was the next team to avenge a loss to the Tigers. The Rams rolled past SCR-I 44-41 despite 23 points from Buford. Cooley had eight points and See had six in the loss.

Scotland County turned things around on November 19th with a 49-36 win versus North Shelby. Buford had 14 points and Slaughter had a season-high 13. Campbell and See each pitched in with eight points. Griffen Kerkmann, Blessing and Cooley all added a bucket to the balanced attack.

The Tigers next toppled Knox County 32-21 on November 29th. Buford, Campbell and Cooley each had six points to lead an even scoring attack. See and Slaughter had four points and Kerkmann, Blessing and Will Pickerell added two points.



Alex Hunolt fires ajump shot over the defense.


The Tigers turned the tables on the Rams on November 30th, besting Schuyler County 42-33. Cooley nailed four three-pointers in the first half en route to a season-high 14 points. Buford led SCR-I with 15 points.

SCR-I made it back-to-back wins over the rival, besting the Rams 43-36 at Queen City on December 8th in the opening round of the Schuyler County Tourney. Buford led all scorers with 17 points. See had eight points and Campbell and Slaughter each had six points. Pickerell, Alex Hunolt and Blessing each added a bucket in the win.

The revenge theme continued as SCR-I again knocked off Clark County 46-38 on December 10th at Queen City in the Schuyler County Tourney. Buford put in 14 points to lead the way. Campbell nailed three three-pointers en route to 11 points. See finished with eight and Slaughter had seven points.

But Putnam County denied SCR-I the tourney title, beating the Tigers 29-27 in the season finale. Buford led the way for the Tigers with 13 points.


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