Boys, girls successful against Maize South


Grant Davis

Shomari Parnell

The basketball season kicked off this Friday at home against rival Maize South. The girls started off the night with a 53-41 victory. Leading scorer was center freshman Maddi Amekporfor with 15 points.
“It was awesome and all of my teammates were so encouraging and supportive to me because I was very nervous at first but they helped me and it was an awesome first experience to what I hope will be a great season,” Amekporfor said.
The Lady Jags second leading scorer was sophomore guard Ellie Stearns with 12 points. This was also her first game due to a knee injury last season. Throughout the week, coach Stana Jefferson scouted Maize South and got them prepared for the season opener.
“We already knew the players they had and how they played, so we would practice guarding that or going against it on defense,” sophomore guard Ellie Stearns said. “It felt good to score, but what really mattered was how well our team played together and that we won.”
The boys ended the night with a 70-49 victory. Xavier Bell finished the night with a double double. A team high 25 points, and a team high 10 rebounds. He also only had 2 turnovers
“It was great to start off the season with a bang, but I am not worried about stats. The only thing I’m worried about is getting wins and winning state again. Coach Hermann did a good job of getting us prepared against a good Maize South team,” Bell said.
Senior Matt Macy put up 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. He went 3/7 from behind the arc, with one of those being a halfcourt buzzer beater to end the first half.
“I’m happy to help out the team anyway I can and help get wins anyway I can. It was a good first game and I’m happy to see how far we can go this season,” Macy said.