New Brockton hits the road to face county foe
By Josh Boutwell
The New Brockton Gamecocks and Lady Gamecocks traveled 20 miles southwest to battle with Coffee County rival Kinston on Friday, Jan. 24.
The Gamecocks (3-17) slugged it out with the Bulldogs for much of the game but could never quite seize control of the game.
After trailing 12-8 heading into the second quarter, the Gamecocks managed to tie the game early in the second quarter 13-13. Still, the Bulldogs retook the lead and ultimately held on to a 30-21 lead before Gamecock senior Tariq Walker knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to 30-24 at halftime.
Kinston outscored New Brockton again 21-19 in the third quarter and 14-11 in the final period, however, and picked up a hard-fought 65-54 win.
The Gamecocks struggled from the field all night, shooting 31 percent, and were outrebounded 47-33. New Brockton did, however, win the turnover battle 13-12 and outscored Kinston 17-6 on points off turnovers.
Walker had a big night for the Gamecocks with a double-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds with four steals on the defensive side. Senior Dalton Shehee added six points, three rebounds and three steals in the loss. Senior Clay Reynolds also had seven rebounds and four points.
Kinston was led by junior Ayden Wallace with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Cale Sumblin added 12 points and sophomore Logan Matthews had six points and seven rebounds.
New Brockton followed up the Kinston matchup with a 59-40 loss to Goshen on the road on Jan. 28.
The Gamecocks struggled from the field – shooting just 23.9 percent – while Goshen shot 40.7 percent from the field. New Brockton also turned the ball over 21 times and gave up 30 points in the paint.
Junior Dillon Kelty led New Brockton with 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss, while Walker chipped in with seven points, six rebounds and three assists. CJ Wilkerson also added eight points and four steals.
The Lady Gamecocks (0-15) had a rough night after falling behind 23-1 in the first quarter and never managed to get things on track as the Lady Bulldogs won 59-14.
Senior Paula McKenna led New Brockton with five points in the loss, while fellow senior Lacey Sprinkle added four points.
Kinston was led by sophomore Faith Peters with 18 points, while sophomore Kelsi Cardwell added 16 points.
New Brockton also faced off against area foe Zion Chapel on Jan. 23 with the Gamecocks falling 43-40 and the Lady Gamecocks lost 41-25.
The Gamecocks took a 23-19 lead into halftime, but the Rebels outscored New Brockton 24-17 in the second half to hang on to the win.
Walker again led New Brockton with 28 points in the loss, while Dillon Kelty added seven points.
The Lady Gamecocks were led in their loss by Madison Meeks with 12 points, while McKenna added nine points.
The Lady Gamecocks followed up the Kinston loss with a 31-25 loss to Goshen on the road in one of New Brockton’s best performances of the season.
McKenna had a big night with a season-high 20 points in the loss, however.