The Moulton seventh and eighth grade cagers took on Cowden-Herrick Thursday night, with the seventh Rams falling prey to the Hornets, 34-43, but the Ram eighths took the sting out of the Hornets, delivering a 45-37 defeat.

For the Rams seventh, A.J. Howell was the leading team scorer with 11, followed by Cody Langan with eight and Clayton Baker with seven. Isaac Uphoff hit for four and Drake Martz and Dylan Sarver had as basket apiece.

But the seventh grade Hornets have their own personal scoring machine named Hassan Hovis, who hit for 22 points, followed by another great effort from Trevor Mattka with 13. Together, Mattka and Hovis made up 35 points, enough to win the game without any other Hornet points.

In the eighth grade game, it was a different story. Caine Cloe led the Rams with 12 points, just ahead of teammate Cody Boarman with 11. Zach Hardin hit for seven and Austin Smith nailed double treys. Levi Pruemer was good for five and Dustyn Fatheree and Steven Reid were good for a deuce each.

For the Hornet eighths, another wild card comes into play. Tyler Day was over the top with 23 points. The nearest teammate in scoring was Jeremy Pope with six. Harry Billiter, Austin Ward, Zach Miller and Jesse Hager had two each.

In the eighth grade first period, the Rams came out butting heads and hitting the threads for 15 points. Austin Smith popped one of his two triples. Cody Boarman and underneath strongman, Caine Cloe, had double buckets. Levi Pruemer threw a basket into the mix. The Hornets came up with eight from double hoops from Day and Pope.

In the second period, the Rams topped the Hornets 11-10 off another triple by Smith, solo baskets from Hardin, Boarman, and Reid, plus loose change, and took a 26-18 lead at half time.

The Rams continued to lead in the third period, tacking on another 13 to the Hornets 10. Despite the tremendous effort of Day, the Hornets could not keep pace with the consistent attack of the Rams. The fourth period was the Rams low point with only six to the Hornets nine, but the balanced effort of the first three period had paid off for Moulton and the eighths won going away, 45-37.

Eighth Grade

Moulton- 15 11 13 6—45

Cowden-Herrick- 8 10 10 9—37

Scoring: for Moulton- Hardin 7 pts, (2 FG, 1-3); Smith (2-3’s); Boarman 11 pts, (5 FG, FT); Pruemer 5 pts, (2 FG, FT); Cloe 12 pts, (5 FG, 2 FT); Fatheree (FG); Graf (FG). For Cowden-Herrick- Ward (FG); Day 23 pts, (8 FG, 2-3’s, 1 FT); Miller (FG); Hager (FG); Pope 6 pts, (3 FG); Billiter (FG).

In the seventh grade match-up, the Rams led after one period, 10-9 with a balanced attack including solo baskets from Martz, Uphoff, Langan, Sarver and Baker.

But in the second period, the Hornet giants woke up. Hovis hit four goals and Mattka hit two for 16 points. The Rams fought back with A.J Howell who was the lone scorer with double treys and a hoop for eight points. Cowden-Herrick took a 25-18 lead at the half.

With 1:20 left in the third period, the Rams had chiseled away at the Hornet lead to trail by only three, 30-33. Another basket by Mattka and the Rams were still in the game going into the fourth period, 30-35.

But the Rams scoring burst of the third period (12 pts) faded from sight as the momentum swung back to the Hornet bench. Although Howell hit for another trey and Baker added one from the line, Hovis went to the hoop, hitting three two-pointers from underneath, plus a basket from Matt Doty, put the game out of reach, 43-34.

Seventh Grade

Moulton- 10 8 12 4—34

Cowden-Herrick- 9 16 10 8—43

Scoring: for Moulton- Martz (FG); Uphoff (2 FG); Langan (4 FG); Sarver (FG); Howell 11 pts, (3-3’s, FG); Baker 7 pts, (3FG, FT). For Cowden-Herrick- Doty 5 pts, (1-3, FG); Cathey (1-3); Mattka 13 pts, (6 FG, FT); Hovis 22 pts, (11 FG).

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