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Junior high Bearcats back in action after Christmas break


It was a tough return for the Bearcats following a lengthy break over the Christmas holidays as Holliday took four games. Holliday won both “B” games as well as the following “A” games.

In the seventh grade game, the Bearcats fell behind 15-0 to the Eagles and were not able to catch up, however they were able to play even with Holliday in the second half. Each team scored eight points in the last two quarters.

Zack West led the scoring with five points followed by Brody Offield with three.

The Bearcats and Eagles had a hard-fought game in the finale. Henrietta trailed 9-5 after the first six minutes, but came back to even everything at halftime. Going into the final quarter, the Bearcats and Eagles were still tied at 22 and heading into the closing seconds of the game, Holliday was up 30-27 before Kandon Bennett lofted a three-pointer at the buzzer to send it into overtime. Corbin Douthitt scored the first bucket of overtime, but Holliday took advatage from the free throw line hitting seven shots to take the 39-37 win.

Bennett led the scoring with nine points, all coming from beyond the three-point line. Douthitt followed with eight, Ethan Scholl had six and Mason Hanson had seven points.

City View Tournament

The Bearcat eighth grade went undefeated in the City View Tournament on Jan. 12 to win the title, beating Electra and Holliday. Seventh grade played very well winning one and dropping the second game.

Eighth Grade

In the first game for the Bearcats against Electra, Blaine Long led the scoring with 13 points, followed by Mason Hanson with nine points and Chris Offield had four.

Electra kept the game close and tied it up after three quarters, but the Bearcats prevailed in the fourth quarter outscoring them 11-6.

Henrietta       10   8  2   11 — 31
Electra            6   8   6    6 — 26

It was a rematch with Holliday in the second game and the Bearcats played much better on the offensive and defenseive end of the court coming away with several steals and a better job rebounding the ball. Following an 8-3 first quarter lead, the Bearcats never trailed in the contest and totally dominated the final quarter outscoring the Eagles 20-11. A total team effort was responsible for the victory.

Blaine Long led all scorers with his second 13-point performance with Ethan Scholl and Corbin Douthitt also scoring in double digits. Douthitt had 14 points (12 coming in the second half) and Scholl scored 10, second-half points as he penetrated the lane for key lay ups. Mason Hanson had four points and Ben McCreary added a second quarter field goal, but had several steals and rebounds.

The Bearcats are now 5-2 on the season.

Henrietta      8   5   10   20 — 43
Holliday        3   4   12    11 — 30

Seventh Grade

The Bearcats started off with a very good game from the Bearcats against Electra. After leading 8-6 after one quarter, Electra came back to take a 13-9 halftime advantage. In the second quarter, the Bearcats outscored the Tigers 15-4 to seal the win, 24-17.

Zack West led all scorers with 11 points (nine coming from three-point range). Logan Plaster-Durham and Patrick Holcomb each had four points. Seth Sanderson and Trey Essler scored two points and Brody Offield contributed a free throw.

Henrietta      8   1   8   7 — 24
Electra          6   7   1   3 — 17

After a tough loss to Holliday on Thursday night, the Bearcats executed much better and actually outscored the Eagles 14-11 in the second half, but it was a 16-4 Eagle advantage in the first two quarters that proved to be the difference..

West led the scoring with six points followed by Jayson Nixon and Holcomb with four points each. Offield and Noah Mabry had one field goal each for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats are 2-5 on the season.


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