On Friday night the Mize Bulldogs recognized their senior players for their years of work and dedication to being a part of the team. Quite the crowd filled the gymnasium to root on the team one last time as the battled against Pelahatchie.
Despite a resilient effort from the home team, the Chiefs proved to be too much to conquer, leaving town with a 44-20 victory over the Bulldogs.
Baskets were few and far in between in the first quarter of play, particularly for the home team, who trailed the Chiefs 8-2 entering the second quarter.
Thought the Bulldogs picked up the pace in the second quarter with nine more points, they were unable to string together enough stops to close the gap, and Pelahatchie led 22-11 at halftime.
Despite a scrappy performance by the Bulldogs in the second half — which helped reduce the deficit to six points early in the third quarter — the Chiefs continued to play suffocating defense, and over time they pulled away to secure a 24-point road victory.
“We were sluggish early on,” said Coach Rod Taylor, “but the effort was there. We are not a high-octane, offensive team. We score with our defense. And I thought tonight we played great defense and got the job done.”
Junior forward Javeious Purvis led all scorers with 10 points on the night. The Bulldogs finished the season with seven victories recorded, and they will look to mold the experience of underclassmen on the roster into even more success as a team in the winter of 2018.
The girls’ game between the two schools turned into an astounding display of sheer dominance by the Lady Chiefs, who played stifling defense and succeeded in translating defensive stops into a fast-break offense.
After three-quarters of play, both coaches respectfully agreed to call the game, with Pelahatchie being the victors in a 51-5 ballgame.
(Article written by Brad Crowe)