A great defensive game by Cabot Junior High South, mixed with a good offensive performance was enough for the South Panthers to earn a 40-25 win over the Cabot Junior High North Panthers.
"They (North) are big and long and can make it tough on you," said Cabot South coach Dan Wacker. "We had a great defensive effort keeping it out of their hands and away from the basket."
Cabot North led 5-3 midway through the first quarter when the South Panthers took over. Cabot South went on a 17-0 run from that point to final seconds of the half.
South Panther Hunter Sutherland scored eight straight points to begin the run. Holdyn Barnes, Sawyer Stalnaker, Lake Boyett and Lino Garcia all got in on the act as well as Cabot South led 20-7 at halftime.
Cabot North made the first basket of the third quarter, but also missed three straight free throws that would have but their deficit to single digits.
Instead, Barnes began to take over the game, using his quickness to get inside the lane again and again. Barnes had a chance at completing four three-point plays for Cabot South. He finished off two of those chances and led all scorers with 14 points — 12 of those in the second half.
"Holdyn getting in the lane and hitting those floaters kept us going," Wacker said. "These are usually always really close games and I thought ‘here we go again’ every time they’d start to make any kind of a run, but Holdyn kept coming through."
Sutherland finished with 10 points for Cabot South, while Boyett scored eight. Stalnaker hit a pair of threes for six points, while Garcia finished with two.
Cabot North cut a 31-14 fourth quarter deficit down to 10 points thanks to baskets from Chandler Casteel and a three by Tanner Wilkie. Sutherland and Barnes answered with consecutive baskets to halt the comeback attempt.
Casteel and Garrett Rowe led Cabot North with seven points apiece. Jared Dixon scored four points, Wilkie had three and Peyton Glisson added two points.