Got a riddle for you! What does three for three, times two twice, represent? No, this is not one of those “new” math posers. Congratulations is offered if you know the answer and for you that don’t here is a little hint. During the month of August one of the more remarkable success stories you would ever want to read about has taken place.
In summary the answer is what the Quitman Jr. High basketball program has acheived. To break it down, the three for three stands for the three straight games won at the Dodson Tourney. Times two, twice, represents the second straight tourney that both the boys and girls teams have won in undefeated fashion.
In regard to this being a remarkable feat……
Both junior programs are putting on performances that you rarely see at this level. It is not the perfect, 7-0 record that both had acheived to date but the way they are both winning, which is in two totally but very impressive different fashions.
The girls are winning through suffocating defensive pressure that now has improved their streak of not allowing an opponent to score over five points in a quarter to an incredible 28 straight frames. Only once this season has Quitman allowed a team to even reach double figures in points for the game.
Naturally, such success can be attributed to great coaching. This should come as no surpise as the junior girls are under the tutelage of Kyle Leach, who has led the QHS vartisty girls to four straight district championships. In typical fashion, Leach refuses to take credit but instead gives praise to the 19 girls that are on the roster.
“We are blessed to have so many girls that wanted to be part of the team,” said Leach. “It has created a very competitive environment as only five can be on the floor at one time so they all work really hard in practice and when they get their chance to play.”
The boys are doing it by simply running away from everyone they have played. In the Dodson Tourney, Normally it is considered good when a junior high team reaches 30 points in a game. QJH has not scored less than 38 in any game played this season. In Dodson they really amped it up by totaling 148 points over the three games played. That equates to a 49.33 points per game average. WOW!
The recipe that head coach Mike Black has concocted that is giving the sweet taste of success is made up of the perfect ingredients. QJH has outstanding height that controls the paint and a bevy of playmakers and shooters. The deep and talented, 13 player roster, also allows for continued fresh bodies to apply the pressure throughout the game.
QJH Girls Results at Dodson Tourney
Quitman 26 Atlanta 8: Racing out to an 11-2 first quarter lead, QJH did all their damage in the first three frames. Anna Leach led with nine points in the first half, one more than Atlanta managed all game. Emma Walker also came up big with eight points followed by Taylor Borland with four and three from Hallie Kate Pullig. Brooklyn Brown also added a basket.
Quitman 47 Weston 6: The rematch of the contest played in the Weston Tourney between the two parish rivals was no contest. QJh took their most lopsided victory of the year but as head coach Kyle Leach said it really wasn’t a fair matchup due to roughly half of the Weston team and several starters missing due to a COVID outbreak.
“It really wasn’t fair to Jennifer (WJH head coach Jennifer Tolar) and her girls to have to play with what they were dealing with,” said Leach. “They gave it all they had but were just missing to many players.”
Through the utilization of a swarming full court pressure defense, Quitman stormed to a 17-2 first half lead and then doubled their total with a season best, 17 points in the third quarter alone. Leach graciously pulled his starters but the scoring parade continued as the deep bench tallied 13 in the fourth period.
A season best 11 players scored for Quitman led by 9 from Lanee Cheatwood. Additional contributors were: Anna Leach – 7, Nyesha Johnson – 6 (season high), Allie Robertson – 5 (season high), Emma Walker – 4, Hallie Kate Pullig – 4, Braelyn Patton – 4 (season high), Taylor Borland – 2, Brooklyn Brown – 2, Breelyn Boone – 2, Klea Blalock – 2. Brooklyn Johnson scored a season best five points to lead Weston, including her first three pointer of the year. Allison Morgan also made a free throw.
WJH scoring: Johnson 5, Morgan 1
Quitman 28 Calvin 9: Hallie Kate Pullig scored all five of her points in the first quarter, Anna Leach added four and Taylor Borland pitched in a basket to pace QJH to an 11-2 lead, which was more then enough to subdue their Winn Parish foe. Leach finished with nine points followed by six from Emma Walker and Pullig’s five. Taylor Borland scored four and Brooklyn Brown hit a free throw to round out the scoring.
QJH boys results at Dodson Tourney
Quitman 47 Atlanta 21: Treating fans to the double feature of “Taden Time” and the “Best of Brayden” QJH raced out to 12 point first quarter lead that balloned to a 32-19 advantage by the half. Bouyed by a pair of three pointers, Thomas led the way with 12 of his 14 points on the night, both season bests for a quarter and game. Martin was almost just as effective, chipping in with nine of his 11 in the game, as the pair combined for all of Quitman’s 21 first quarter points. Rylan Reynolds added seven on the night, Caden Jackson had five and Kobie Williams finished with four. Matthew Odom added his first three pointer of the year. Jack Thomas and Hayden Seymore added a basket as did Aiden Rhodes, for his first points of the year.
Quitman 54 Weston 22: Much like the first time the two Jackson Parish rivals squared off, the first quarter was close with the Wolverines dominating the final three frames. After holding only a 9-7 lead after one, Quitman went into the half with a 24-12 advantage before exploding for 30 second half points to win going away. Shane Reed scored 17 and Brayden Martin added 14 to lead the offensive onslaught that set a new season game scoring total. Taden Thomas scored all eight of his points in the second quarter that included a pair of threes for the second straight game. Jack Thomas and Hayden Seymore chipped in with three each.Kobie Williams added a basket and Asher Rhodes tallied his first two of the year to round out the scoring. Brody Tidwell and Ty Henderson led Weston with nine and eight repectivelly with John Mchael Gandy and Ashad Harris pitching in with two each. Alex Lewis also scored a point.
Quitman 47 Calvin 10: The Wolverines stole a page from the girls handbook while continuing to add to their own legacy. For the third straight game, Quitman didn’t allow double digits to be posted in any single quarter and scored 47 or more over the same time period. Jack Thomas and Hayden Seymore set new season scoring highs with eight apiece and once again, Shane Reed and Brayden Martin led the offense with 13 and 10 respectively. Taden Thomas pitched in with four and Aiden Rhodes and Caden Jackson had two each.
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