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McKENZIE (November 12) — McKenzie Middle School hosted Inman Tuesday for a pair of basketball contests. It was Pink-Out Night, which the school chose to dedicate to Willow Pate, the infant …
McKENZIE (November 12) — McKenzie Middle School hosted Inman Tuesday for a pair of basketball contests. It was Pink-Out Night, which the school chose to dedicate to Willow Pate, the infant sister of Lady Rebel Sophie Pate and a patient at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital awaiting a heart transplant. The Lady Rebels coasted to a 54-32 win over the Lady Bulldogs, but the Rebels had to rally early and battle late to edge out a 38-34 win over the Bulldogs.
The games also saw the debut of the MMS pep band, under the direction of Veda Haney.
McKenzie Lady Rebels 54, Inman Lady Bulldogs 32
The Lady Rebels surged to a 22-8 lead after the opening frame, led by Savannah Davis with ten points, including a three-pointer. MiKaela Reynolds scored seven, also with a three, and Kyeana Sneed had five with a three. Brooke Blankenship led Inman with four points, and Fajona Sneed and Fayth England each had a pair.
McKenzie had a 9-8 edge in the second quarter, led by Reynolds with five points. Davis and K. Sneed each added a pair. Blankenship again led the Lady Bulldogs with four, and Kylee Perry and Tianna Howard each had a pair. At the half, McKenzie led 31-16.
The Lady Rebel built on the lead with a 17-12 advantage in the third, led by Reynolds with eight points, including a pair of threes. Davis scored five with a three-pointer, and K. Sneed had four points. Lady Bulldog Bayleigh Thompson scored four, and Perry, F. Sneed, Blankenship and England each added a pair. Entering the final frame, the Lady Rebels led 48-28.
McKenzie capped the win with a 6-4 tilt in the fourth. Davis led with four, and Reynolds added a pair. Howard and England each had a pair for Inman.
Lady Rebel MiKaela Reynolds led all scorers with 22 points, including three three-pointers. Savannah Davis scored 21 with a pair of threes, and Kyeana Sneed had eleven, also with a three-pointer.
Brooke Blankenship led the Lady Bulldogs with ten points.
Rebels 38, Bulldogs 34
After trailing for most of the first frame, McKenzie took an 8-7 lead on a three-pointer at the buzzer by Rebel Christopher Beck. Stafford Roditis also hit a three, and Tate Surber had a pair. Caden Marshall scored all seven Inman points, including a three-pointer.
The Bulldogs took the lead with a 9-7 advantage in the second quarter, led by Marshall with three free throws. Javion Boyd, Evan Richardson and Kanye Taylor each had a pair. Rebel Landon Brown hit a three, and Roditis and Stafford each added a pair. At the half, Inman led 16-15.
In the third, Inman ticked up the lead with a 10-9 tilt. Richardson and Marshall each scored five, Richardson with a three. Surber led McKenzie with seven, and Brown added a pair. Heading into the final frame, the Bulldogs led 26-24.
The Rebels rallied 14-8 in the fourth to claim the win. There were several ties throughout the frame, the last of which coming with two minutes remaining as Beck hit a pair of free throws to make it 34-34. Surber put McKenzie ahead with a contested shot in the paint with just over a minute on the clock, and Roditis sealed the victory with a pair of freebies in the final seconds. Beck led the quarter with six points, and Surber scored five. Roditis had the aforementioned pair, and Brown hit one free throw. Marshall scored four for Inman, and Taylor and Mason Shankle each had a pair.
Bulldog Caden Marshall led all scorers with 19 points, including a three.
Tate Surber led the Rebels with 16 points, followed by Christopher Beck with nine, including a three-pointer.