Cubs’ eighth-grade team wins championship

Posted 12/17/20

In their last year before moving up to the high-school ranks, Powell Middle School’s eighth-grade girls’ basketball players saw very few missteps.

Between the A and B squads, the Cubs …

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Cubs’ eighth-grade team wins championship

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In their last year before moving up to the high-school ranks, Powell Middle School’s eighth-grade girls’ basketball players saw very few missteps.

Between the A and B squads, the Cubs lost just three combined games. The A team finished 13-1 and won the conference championship, while the B team posted a 9-2 record.

“This was a truly remarkable group of girls, a season I was not expecting, and one I will never forget,” head coach Dale Estes said.

The girls’ cohesion and prowess on both sides of the ball paved the way for both teams’ success in 2020.

“The girls’ ability to play as a team and playing tenacious defense were their main strengths,” Estes said. “They were also very good at moving the ball and finding an open teammate.”

The A team clinched its conference championship on Nov. 21, defeating Worland 31-17. Just a day after dropping their first game of the year, the Cubs played exceptionally on both ends, shooting efficiently and allowing just six points in the first three quarters.

Powell followed that victory with five more to cap the campaign on a six-game winning streak.

The B team also ended the year on a high note by winning four games in a row, including taking the last two by more than 20 points each.

For the A team, each of the guards — Alexa Richardson, Catelyn Floy and Kodee Asay — stood out and “all contributed in the steal and assist columns” consistently, Estes said. And the Cubs also saw production out of their post players, Kenna Jacobsen and Saige Kidd, who “usually dominated the boards and the scoring underneath the basket,” the coach said.

McKenna Cannon and Timber Neves were two of the B team’s defensive standouts, according to Estes, while Annelise Petersen and Cami Gernhart led the way offensively. Cannon and Neves also served as subs for the A team.

Winning 22 combined games, the eighth graders have shown their capabilities on the court. That excites Estes as the girls make the jump to Powell High School next year.

“This group has a lot of potential,” Estes said. “They have grown a lot in their game of basketball this season and I am excited to see them continue to blossom as players in high school.”

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