Will's Flight JV team won their first game Friday night in a rout, allowing Will ample playing time in the second and fourth quarters. Will collected three rebounds and four fouls, but the coaches appreciated his hustle and aggressiveness. He got off one shot but missed.
The game was played at Cherokee Christian Academy, located just around the corner from Living Science. A large group of LS students and parents came out for the game. Cherokee fielded their varsity squad, so Flight played three junior players from their varsity team, including David Norman and Josiah.
DJ led all scorers with 31 points. On the way home from practice Thursday eighth-grader Conner wondered if he would get in the game, telling Will that he would play more, since inside players were more needed. Conner was first off the bench, played all four quarters, and tallied 18 points. He was often on the floor with four novice players and had to take charge.
Holt, the 8th-grade younger brother of Mary Kathryn, also got plenty of playing time and did well both scoring and rebounding. After the game I saw Holt with a Cooperstown bag. Talked his dad, and it turns out they were there the same rainy week last year as Will and me.
Joel Norman didn't play quite as much as Will, but got off a shot or two, grabbed a rebound, and collected a foul. David had 4 fouls, 2 points, and some rebounds. Nationally ranked speed-skater Jonathan grabbed four boards but didn't score.
The JV girls also played a few varsity players and also won handily. Abby got to play and mixed it up...grabbed some boards, played tight defense (and created several turnovers) and even ran over a girl for a nice foul.