By Colleen Lehmann
The East Prairie boys basketball season got underway with the Monticello Tournament, heading west three nights last week for tourney games on Nov. 5, 6 and 8, 2013. The seventh grade came out with a 2-1 tourney record, while the eighth-grade boys went 1-2.
•Monticello 7th 38, EP 7th 34
The younger Hornets lost to host Monticello by a mere four points in the opening round of the tournament. East Prairie matched Monticello point for point, remaining tied through the first half, and just a point behind by the end of the third frame.
•Monticello 8th 54, EP 8th 31
The East Prairie eighth-grade boys team was down just seven points at halftime, and in the third quarter put up 15 points, but with host Monticello adding 32 points in the same frame it wasn’t a victorious effort. Tuscola was handed a 54-31 loss in the tourney opener.
•EP 7th 45, St. Joe 7th 26
Tuscola’s seventh-grade team took control right from the opening tipoff in the second game of the tourney, handing St. Joe a 45-26 loss while outscoring them in three of the four quarters.
•St. Joe 8th 44, EP 8th 42
This heartbreaker of a loss saw the eighth-grade Hornets and St. Joe tied at 42 with 1.3 ticks on the clock when St. Joe made two free throws to win the game 44-42.
•EP 7th 48, Blue Ridge 18
Tuscola seventh-grade had this game in the bag by the end of the first quarter, outscoring the competition 30 to 4 on the way to a 48-18 victory in the final game of the Monticello Tournament. Oddly enough, both teams went silent the second frame, but Tuscola was back to double digits with 12 points in the third and six in the fourth.
•EP 8th 56, Blue Ridge 28
The eighth-grade Hornet boys had an equally decisive victory against Blue Ridge, though their points were piled on in the second through fourth frames after a close first quarter.
–Full story in The Tuscola Journal Nov. 13, 2013 edition