The Altoona-Midway Middle School basketball teams split a pair of “A” games with the Thayer Flyers here Monday.
In a thrilling contest, the Lady Jets were able to squeeze out a 16-14 victory over the Lady Flyers. Thayer came out on top in the boys’ game, 41-23.
In the girls’ matchup, Altoona-Midway trailed by two at halftime, but outscored Thayer 11-7 in the second half to pull out the victory.
Jasmine Splechter poured in 10 points and hauled down eight rebounds to pace the Lady Jets. She also came up with five steals. Mariah Stackhouse added four points and Summer Tarlton had two for AMMS.
Stackhouse and Martin each snared five rebounds and Bailey Graham grabbed four for Altoona-Midway.
“These girls came to the game to win tonight,” said AMMS girls’ coach Kate Walker. “ They had a quarter to get everything figured out and then they rolled with it. I was very proud of the way they stayed in the game and never gave up, even when they got into foul trouble. The younger girls stepped up and kept their cool.”
In the boys’ contest, Altoona-Midway trailed just 21-17 at halftime. But the Jets only scored six points in the second half as Thayer pulled away for the win.
Unofficial stats had Brandon Johnson tallying 10 points and Dalton Smith adding eight for the Jets. Andy Tiger was credited with six rebounds for AMMS.
“During the evening, the intensity of the home crowd was great. It really pushed our guys to the next level,” said AMMS boys’ coach Treasure Hoag. “We still have a lot of work to do this season, but we’ll get there.”
The Altoona-Midway Middle School squads return to the hardwood tonight, hosting Marmaton Valley. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.