Blue Ridge Middle School girls basketball team opens season with win over Scotts Creek

Blue Ridge Middle School girls basketball team came out strong against Scotts Creek last week on Thursday and took the game with a 36-29 victory.

“They did good,” said Head Coach James O’Berry. “I was really pleased and now we know what we need to work on. But today’s game was great. Everybody got to play and I’m happy with it.” (17)

From left are Blue Ridge’s Isabella Moody and Aubree Rice as they wrestle for the ball against Scotts Creek.

O’Berry added that the team will work on improving passing and free throws before they play Fairview on Monday.

The Lady Bobcats hit the court looking energized and determined and went into the second half 23-12. Macy Heltsley had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Scotts Creek began catching up in the fourth-quarter, with three minutes left to go it was 34-20 with Blue Ridge in the lead, but Scotts Creek came back with 9 unanswered points for a final of 36-29. (41)

Mercedes McLaughlin drives past a Scotts Creek player on Nov. 15.

Eighth-grader Mercedes McLaughlin said the game got away from them a bit toward the end.

“It went really well, we played a good game,” said McLaughlin. “But hopefully next time we’ll have better defense, in the fourth-quarter we started doing less defense and got in trouble.”

Eighth-grader Gabby Martinez said Blue Ridge played well and it looks like a bright future moving forward.

“We did good today,” said Martinez. “We put a lot of shots up and I think this season is going to go well.” (31)

Mahalah Stewart blocks a Scotts Creek player’s pass.

After the first game of the season is chalked up as a win, eighth-grader Mahalah Stewart said it was a great start.

“We did good,” said Stewart. “We made good passes, some good shots, and we moved the ball around a lot. The season is looking good so far.” (18)

Peyton Bryson presses the defense against a Scotts Creek player.

Eighth-grader Peyton Bryson said it was nice to get a win but added that Scotts Creek shooting was a threat and there’s room for improvement.

“It was good for a first game,” said Bryson. “We really need to work on our jump shots and passing, but the season’s looking pretty good.”

The Blue Ridge Middle School girls basketball team’s next game is at 4 p.m. at home against Fairview. (13)

Mahala Stewart drives past a Scotts Creek player on Thursday.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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