By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editor
Somebody had to win, and somebody had to lose. For the second year in a row, it was the senior class that was on the losing end in the annual PCHS faculty vs. senior class benefit basketball game, this time by a final score of 49-41.
The senior class team came out hot, taking a quick 6-0 lead before the faculty team could find a way to get on the board. With players like Sydney “State Champ” Anderson, Codie “White Chocolate” Blevins, and Marcus “The Black Mamba” McClanahan on their team, the seniors felt confident they could outrun and outlast the older athletes on the faculty team. By the end of the first quarter, however, the faculty had closed the gap to 10-8 and were quickly gaining momentum.
The second quarter found the faculty team start to take charge, with JR “Faucet” Montgomery raining down three point shots and layups alike. Faculty head coach Harriet Farris knew she had some talent on the bench, but no one expected it to come in the form of number 000 Keith Taylor. Taylor attacked the lane on his way to eight points for the faculty team, but he also dished off several nice passes and played solid defense. While the students were busy updating the “Mike Price Anger Meter” throughout the game, “Psychout” was busy collecting rebounds and dropping a very sweet three pointer. By the end of the first half, the faculty had taken a 22-16 lead and were looking to pull away.
The third and fourth quarters went by quickly, with the faculty leading by as much as 18 points at one time. The senior class refused to give up though, and a late game rally by Anderson, Zack Akers, and a surprising effort by Austin “The Rapguy” Talbert closed the gap to a respectable 49-41 at the buzzer.
The senior team was led by Anderson with twelve points, followed by Akers with ten points. Talbert added six, Brayden Morris and Tyler Dotson added three points each, and Carli Brewer, Jordan Chrisley, and McClanahan added two points each. James King added one point. Their charity of choice was the Daily Bread of Pulaski.
The faculty team was led by Montgomery, who seemed at times to score at will and finished with twenty points. Taylor added eight points, Scott Hill added seven, Jarod Brown added four, and Price added his three-point shot. Ian Brandau, Christian Miller, and Jordan Stewart added two points each, and Evan Bragg added one point. The faculty teams charity of choice was the Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Wendy’s of Dublin sponsored a VIP Skybox raffle for the game, and that prize was won by Marcus Burks. The organizers of the event would like to thanks the PCHS cheer booster club, the ticket takers, the clock operators, and the referees for their time in making this event a huge success.