Quemado Eagles soar over Broncos

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Spectators and the opposing Grady Broncos traveled through snow and ice on Dec. 21 to reach the Quemado High School hosted basketball games. The boys varsity team soared over the Broncos — literally and figuratively — with a final score of 84 – 49. The Junior varsity boys also won their game, 38 – 28. There was some overlap in players between JV and varsity for both teams.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Quemado Eagle Darryn Lackey goes up for the lay-up, one of many in the Dec. 21 game against the Grady Broncos at home. The Eagles chalked up another victory, with a final score of 84 - 49.

The boys varsity game tipped off and was at full pace instantly, with the Eagles scoring a 3-pointer on the first play, and following up with two successful lay-ups in the first two minutes, one from a steal. They held their lead and gained on it throughout the first and second quarters, ending the first half with a 24-point lead.

The Eagles play together like a well-oiled machine. Virtually all are shooters — they demonstrate teamwork and athleticism — and exhibit a bit of trickery for entertainment purposes. They make the game look fun.

Tristen Howard was a top shooter for the game, hitting most of his shots from all around the court, inside and out. Colt Pierson was strong on defense, securing rebound after rebound. On offense, they were all aggressive on rebounds and putting the ball back up for the basket.

The boys JV team also played a good, cohesive game, and held their lead throughout the game. The Grady Broncos picked up their game in the second half, while the Eagles JV relaxed. They still held a solid 10-point lead most of the half.

If the boys need any development it is to slow down and run their plays a little more, especially toward the end of the game. The boys reached unnecessary foul trouble and had some unwarranted errors in the last quarter, due to some sloppy play from a high on speed and adrenaline. Developing the patience to run their game will help them as they progress through the season.

The Eagles have close to a three-week break before they travel to Pine Hill on January 9. Game time is 3 p.m., starting with JV girls.