CCMS basketball faces rival Pickens on the hardwood

The Clear Creek Bobcats and Lady Cats met archrival Pickens last Thursday and suffered four basketball losses.

The Bobcats enjoyed a pair of home games against the Dragons while the Lady Cats made their way to Jasper to face the Dragonettes.

The seventh-grade Bobcats were topped, 57-29, and the eighth-graders were defeated, 36-32.

“Our seventh-graders lost against a strong Pickens team,” coach Mike Mezzano said. “We were led by Connor Wimpey’s 10 points in the first half, but only scored two field goals in the second half. This team is struggling to win, but do not lack effort, which is exemplified in the play of our leading rebounder Esteban Ciceleo.

“The eighth-grade team came out sluggish in the first half and scored only eight points. In the second half, we woke up and scored 23 led by Branson Teague’s two three-pointers. We played well defensively, but turnovers continue to plague us. Ethan Banks and Lewis Mulkey led all scorers, but we still came up short.”

Lucy Ray and Anna Waddell each scored five points for the seventh-grade Lady Cats in their 33-14 defeat.

Elly Callihan netted 12 for the eighth-graders, but they fell to Pickens, 39-27.

“The eighth-grade started off well and took the lead in the first quarter but we just couldn’t keep our momentum going,” coach Lindsey Farmer said. “We fought back hard in the second half but just couldn’t close the gap.”

CCMS players will receive an extended break over the holidays. The Lady Cats will play Jan. 4 and Bobcats will take the court Jan. 8. The Lady Cats play Red Bud while the Bobcats will face Gladden.

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