Last week was full of exciting competition for the Hornets. First game on December 7th was in the capital city versus the Trinity Presbyterian Wildcats. Bullock County was facing a bigger and more experience team.
The whole game had the audience on the edge of their seats. Both teams were hitting from all cylinders from the paint, mid-range, and behind the arc.
While trailing in the game, the Hornets kept in close by taking away the Wildcats’ penetration to the basket and improving on the rebounds. The key player for Bullock County was Junior De’Kari Anthony.
Anthony was scorching from the outside and was unstoppable in the lane. He put up 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Hornets’ Sophomore K.J. Graves hit a clutch shot from the baseline with less 45 seconds to go in the game.
With 12 seconds to go in regulation the Hornets’ Senior Brandon Perry came up with a big steal then rushed down the court.
With Trevone Palmer running along him, Perry hit the open Freshman with the game winning layup giving the Hornets a 57-55 win at the buzzer.
Coach Kelvin Graves spoke about the team’s first win: “We been playing tooth and nail all the way to the end every game and we finally pull one off. Hopefully it gives us momentum. Carry on to the next game and onto area play.”
The next night, the Hornets took on the Eagles of Carroll High School at home. Despite the physicality on the floor it started off as a high scoring game with both squads scoring at will. It was an all-out upbeat game.
In the second half, it was still a close game but Carroll began to out rebound Bullock County. The Hornets never gave up their competitive efforts hitting important shots in the big moments.
De’Kari Anthony had himself another big scoring game finishing with 19 points. The Hornets trailed 67-65 within the final seconds of the game. In attempt to tie the game, Anthony was fouled on a play forcing him to the line. He made the first shot but missed the second.
With Carroll grabbing the board, Bullock County had to foul to put the Eagles on the line. After one made shot, the Hornets would lose the nail biter 68-66 as the final score.