Ask any coach and they’ll tell you the same thing. It doesn’t matter who you play, it matters how you play. Win or lose, coaches want to see their players give every iota of effort they have in a game. That being the case, the Mansfield Jr High Tigers must have their coach, Keith Stovall, beaming with pride as they left every ounce, pound, and ton that they had in them on the court in their 34-27 narrow loss to the Charleston Tigers on January 16th.
Mansfield kept the first two quarters of the game within points of their opponent as the two Tiger teams ferociously played keep-away with the ball going into halftime 14-13 Charleston. Offensively, it was Clint Stovall who plowed through Charleston’s defense bringing in nine points on the game along with a total of four rebounds and two steals. Tyler Turnipseed gave the Gold Tigers a what for as he laid down seven points, seven rebounds, and two steals for Mansfield.
Austin Quinalty left his blood, sweat, and tears on the court ending the game with six points, five rebounds, and one steal. And Drew Elmore, Peyton Martin, and Braxton Byers were the Tiger trio that hooped it up and slammed it down against Charleston ending with a combined five points and seven rebounds.
After playing the Cedarville Pirates last Monday, the Jr Tigers will gear up for round two as these powerhouse teams face-off tonight, January 20th, with games starting at 4:30 p.m.