DMS Trojans rally to top Brighton in middle school action; Lady Trojans fall

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
DMS’ Timarion Johnson goes in for a layup during the Trojans win over Brighton on Monday night at DMS.

JASON PEEVYHOUSE

jpeevyhouse@stategazette.com

The third quarter was not kind to the Dyersburg Middle School Trojans as they saw their halftime lead slip away after a Brighton run, but DMS answered in the final six minutes, scoring 13 unanswered points to end the game and take a 46-36 win over the Cardinals on Monday night in Dyersburg.

“We played hard tonight and we kept our composure to get a big win,” DMS head coach Eric Ellerbrook said. “This will give us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the week.

“We play Haywood on Thursday and TCA on Saturday.”

DMS looked poised to pull away at the start of the second quarter, opening the frame with a pair of Meshach Jones free throws to take a 22-7 lead after a Darius Harris bucket. But, Brighton clawed back with a 12-2 run to end the first half and cut the DMS lead to 24-19 at the break.

Brighton continued their run into the third quarter, getting a 15-4 run to begin the second half and take a six-point lead. But, a late Harris bucket cut the Brighton lead to 34-30 heading into the fourth.

After a pair of Jaylon Brown buckets tied the game and Brighton answered to retake the lead briefly, a Brown bucket sparked a 13-0 run to end the game and give the Trojans the 10-point win.

Harris led the way for the Trojans with 14 points in the win while Brown added a dozen.

“We have a tough schedule,” Ellerbrook said. “Our kids have done really well and I am proud of our kids.”

Brighton girls 32, DMS 15

Lady Trojan Heaven Curry puts up a short jumper.

A slow start by the Lady Trojans proved to be enough to help Brighton to the victory as the DMS girls were unable to dig out of an early deficit in the 17-point loss.

Despite the team’s struggles thusfar through the season, DMS head coach Jim MacArthur feels like his group of Lady Trojans has improved since the start of the season.

“We’re getting better,” MacArthur said. “I honestly thought we were better on both ends of the court tonight.

“Defensively, we played pretty well. We did a good job boxing out.”

DMS only got a pair of free throws from Gracie Burch as the Lady Cardinals jumped out to a 10-2 lead after one frame.

The Lady Trojans came back stronger in the second frame, getting three points from Heaven Curry as well as two apiece from Addie Hurt, Serita Matthews and Burch. But, the Lady Cardinals kept up their pace and took a 19-10 lead into the lockerroom at the half.

The Lady Cardinals opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take a 27-12 lead into the final frame. A slow-scoring fourth quarter followed with Brighton outscoring DMS 5-3 to get the win.

“Our struggles have been offensively, but we’re improving there,” MacArthur said. “We got the best ball movement we’ve had all year tonight.

“We got some good looks at the basket. The scoreboard doesn’t indicate it and our record doesn’t indicate it, but this group is making progress. We’re getting better every time we go out there.”

Curry led the way for DMS with eight points in the loss.

DMS returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Haywood at 6 p.m.

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