The 12-and-under all star basketball boys team from the Madison County Recreation Department traveled to East Jackson High School Saturday and captured the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association’s Seventh District championship.
The team dominated their competition with a 49-13 win over Habersham County and a championship game 54-32 victory over the host Jackson County team.
In their opening game against Habersham County, Madison County jumped out to an early lead after one quarter and led 19-4. The offensive show continued in the second quarter and the lead increased to 36-7 at halftime. The third quarter lead widened to 33 points, as Madison led 46-13, with one quarter to play. The final score was 49-13 as Madison County advanced to the championship game against Jackson County.
Adam Metts led all scoring with 21 points, followed by Garrett Dowell who added nine points. Derrick Ware tossed in eight points, Colby Smith and Devin Walton each added three points and Hayden Morris and Kale Anderson added two points each. Demyus Watts added a free throw to round out the scoring.
After one quarter in the books of the championship game, Madison County held a 14-9 lead over the host team. Madison County was able to stretch the lead to nine at halftime and took a 26-17 advantage into the locker room at the break. Madison County was able to pull away in the third quarter and led 47-25, with one quarter to play. The final score was 54-32. Metts again paced the scorers with 16 points and Smith tossed in 12 points. Ware had another strong game and scored 10. Adam Echols got in on the scoring and added six points, while Morris added four points. Chase Bridges scored three points, Devin Walton scored 2, and Dowell tossed in a free throw.
“The Madison County Recreation Department would like to congratulate the team and their coaches, Brent Bird, Chris Smith and Mark Turner on their Seventh District championship and wish them the best of luck in the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association’s state tournament that will be played March 7 and 8 in Murray County,” said county recreation director Robin Pendleton.
10-AND-UNDER BOYS DEFEATED BY BARROW COUNTY
The Madison County Recreation Department’s 10-and-under-boys all-star team traveled to East Jackson High School Friday, Feb. 28, to compete in the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association’s Seventh District basketball tournament.
In their opening game, Madison County drew a tall and speedy Barrow County team. Madison County’s offense couldn’t get on track due to the quickness of the Barrow County team and was held scoreless the first quarter. Madison County finally knocked the lid off the rim in the second quarter, but trailed 23-5 going into the third quarter. Barrow County continued to add to their lead in the third and fourth quarters and claimed a 42-16 win.
Ben Bray lead the scoring with seven points for Madison County, and Tracy Daniel and Garrett Garner each scored four points. Victor Hadju added a free throw. Other team members who played tough, but didn’t get into the scoring column are Luke Brown, Trance Grant, Lane Nix, Jake Strickland and Ian Waters.
The team was coached by J. Ben Bray and Mark Garner.
“MCRD would like to thank them for all the time and effort that they put into their players’ all-star experience,” said Pendleton.