The Guthrie Junior High basketball teams got their season started on their home floor and split the four games with the Deer Creek Antlers. While it was Guthrie’s season opener, Deer Creek was playing in their third game of the season.
The 7th grade girls team got a boost from Micayla Haynes, who scored a game high 28 points, in the 42-30 win for the Lady Jays. Jillian Chappell chipped in with eight points to send the Lady Jays to 1-0.
Head Coach Stephanie Smith’s squad held a six point lead at the end of the first quarter (13-7) and half (21-15) before outscoring the Lady Antlers in the second half by the same first half margin of 21-15.
7th Grade BlueJays
The 7th grade boys team jumped out to a 10-6 first quarter lead and never looked back with a 34-19 win to go to 1-0 on the young season.
Leading the scoring charge with Kevin Blue’s 12 points followed by Jaron Morgan’s 10 points.
The Jays outscored the Creek in each quarter and never allowed a double-digit quarter by the visitors. The team is coached by Jason Rice and Matt Peering.
Lady Jays 8th Grade
It never started out good for the 8th grade Lady Jays team with Deer Creek jumping out to a 23-0 run to begin the game and finished with a 52-8 win.
Guthrie was able to manage just a field goal in each quarter, including Kamber Smedley’s first quarter buzzer beater. Smedley led the way for Guthrie with six points.
8th Grade BlueJays
The BlueJays never once held a lead over Deer Creek, but kept within distance the entire game before falling 33-30 in the end.
The Jays tied the game at 16-all before the Antlers scored a field goal to lead 18-16 at the half. However, Deer Creek outscored the Jays 10-6 in the third quarter. Elliott Curry scored four in the quarter and finished with a team high 14 points.
In the final quarter, Curry drilled a three-point shot with :03 left to pull the Jays within two, 32-30. A quick Guthrie foul sent the Antlers to the charity stripe, where they connected on their first attempt. The second throw was no good and Beau Davis let go of a one-handed throw from three-fourths of the floor and fell just shy of the rim to end the game.
Davis finished with six points and Patrick Richardson added five points.