The Powell County Middle School boys basketball team held their annual Eighth Grade Night last Thursday. The emotion was high, but the Pirates took that and swept the Madison Middle School Panthers in three games.
The sixth grade team outlasted the visitors, 21-19. Nate Brooks was Powell’s leading scorer with six points. Kory Freeman and Adrian Williams each added four points, while Cameron Conrad scored three. Isaac Harrison and Dalton Dawson each score two points for Powell.
The seventh grade team pulled out a tight game, winning 40-38. Derrick Robinson poured in 10 points, Chance Snowden had eight, and Bradley Cornett added six, as did Jordan Neace. Brad Smith scored five points and Dylan Morton added three. But the eight grade game also supplied some drama.
Powell held a slim lead throughout the first half. As the second half started, the Pirates began to open the lead. In the fourth quarter Powel led by as many as 11 points. But the inside play of Damien Harris and the three point shooting of Cheeko Hipps brought the Panthers back.
The visitors pulled to within two, 43-41 after going on an 11-2 run, with under two minutes to play. But the Pirates held on to win 52-45. Brett Goodwin led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Caleb McCoy added 13. Matt Brooks scored five points, while Derrick Robinson, Kyle Knox and Trevor Bloom each had four.