By Lih-An Yang
The Courier 

Junior High Basketball Has Strong Showing


The Glasgow junior high boys had a thrilling day at the basketball jamboree hosted by the Glasgow High School on Saturday, January 18. With first-game anxiety out of the way last weekend in Plentywood, all teams seemed to have intensified their game.

The junior high jamborees are attended by schools from Frontier, Glasgow, Plentywood, Poplar, Scobey, and Wolf Point. Each team plays two games with 18 minute halves. Sam Brelje and Nate Doornek are Glasgow’s eighth-grade and seventh-grade coach, respectively.

The Glasgow eighth graders continued to improve as they searched for the first win. They lost to Scobey, 54-21, in the morning game. Darrin Wersal, with two 3-pointers, along with Kevin McDonald were the high scorers with six and five points. Their second game against Plentywood was probably their best of the season so far, losing 34-30, a great stride over last weekend’s 24 point loss to the same team. Darrin Wersal continued his sharp shooting with three 3-pointers.

Scoring contribution was fairly even among the players.

The seventh grade Glasgow Red remains un-defeated, barely. They managed a two-point victory margin in both games that were filled with lead changes down to the buzzer. They came from behind and beat a talented Plentywood team in the first game, 44-42, then took over Scobey Blue in the second game with a bucket from Cade Myrick with nine seconds left that upheld their winning streak.

The seventh grade Glasgow White had two close games of their own, losing by six points in both. They first fell to Plentywood, 33-27. It was a tight game with Glasgow in lead for a spell, only to have the Wildcats pick up scoring opportunities as the Scotties committed more fouls than rebounds. In the second game, against Poplar, the Scotties seemed to be heading towards their first win with a solid lead at half time, 29-19. However, their lead dwindled away as defense faltered and turnovers plagued the offense, and the Poplar Indians claimed victory, 42-36. Jaden Hughes had a good game, scoring 11 points in the first half.

Appreciation is extended to Glasgow High School for hosting the jamboree, the students and parents of the D.C. trip for running the concessions, Janae Zerbe and Jacob Renner for managing the clocks, and all the hard working referees. The next jamboree is in Wolf Point this Saturday.


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