Kingston battles Meigs County

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By Nick Williams

The Meigs County Tigers came in to Kingston Friday night and split with the Yellow Jackets.  

The Lady Jackets played hard, but just could not get any rhythm and lost by a final score of 70-46 while the boys got into a rhythm early and held on down the stretch to win 57-48.

Girls Game

Kingston started the game off not shooting the ball well and played spotty defense for much of the first quarter, while Meigs made the extra pass and made it count. 

Despite the sloppy defense, Kingston pulled it together late in the first quarter and only trailed 15-9 going into the second.  

The Lady Jackets came out in the second quarter and used their post players much better and put together some nice runs. Kingston still trailed at the half despite playing much better on the offensive end of the floor.

The second half was a heartbreaker for the Lady Jackets. After not playing their best in the first half, Kingston came out in the third and fourth quarters and played much better, putting up 80 percent of their points in the second half.  

The Lady Tigers, however, hit some big three-pointers late in both quarters to pull away. 

Kingston lost by a final of 70-46.

Sydney Nunley led Kingston on the night with 12 points while Harli-Blaine Oran added nine. Lauren Baggett led the Lady Jackets in rebounding with five.

Kingston (46) Sampson 2, Mossing 6, Oran 9, Baggett 4, Nunley 12, Layne 6, Cornellison 7.

Boys Game

Kingston had a first-timer on the sideline Friday night as Justin Sitzlar took over the coaching duties due to head coach Colt Narramore being out with a new baby. 

Overall it was a good showing for Sitzlar, son of former Jacket head coach Greg Sitzlar, as Kingston downed Meigs County, 57-48. 

The Jackets moved the ball well and used Jordan Huddleston effectively in the early going. Kingston played stellar defense in the first period and took a 16-3 lead into the second quarter.  

The Jackets continued their good defense and stretched the lead in the second quarter due to good guard play and crashing the boards. 

Kingston took a 32-14 lead in to halftime.

The Jackets started the third quarter out with some bad turnovers and slacked up on defense which allowed Meigs to close the 18 point deficit down to 14.  

Meigs County came out on fire playing much better defense and finally finishing at the rim. The Tigers’ ball pressure caused Kingston to play a little disoriented.  

With just over one minute to play the Tigers cut the lead to just five and got another quick two points off a missed free throw to be down 51-48.  

With just 15 seconds  left, Kingston’s Brandon Griffis hit two free throws to put Kingston up by five  again. Huddleston then had a huge block on the defensive end to seal the game for the Jackets by a final score of 57-48.

Huddleston led Kingston on the night with 23 points and 12 rebounds while Hunter Golliher and Griffis scored 14 each .

 Kingston (57) Gasque 6, Huddleston 23, Griffis 14, Golliher 14.