BUFFALO – Sweet revenge.
Thayer Middle School, which handed the Altoona-Midway boys their only loss in their final four games before Christmas break, paid a return visit here Monday afternoon and the AMMS Jets turned the tables on the Flyers, winning by a score of 41-33.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Flyers got the upper hand early and coasted to a 52-16 triumph.
“I'm so excited for the boys tonight,” said AMMS boys’ coach Marci Henderson-Hodges. “Thayer is a team that beat us by two points (23-21) earlier in the year after we had a lead - and the boys did not want that to happen again.”
Altoona-Midway secured a 13-6 lead after one period and play and led 23-14 at halftime. Thayer did not go down easily, climbing to within one point at 28-27 entering the final period, but the Jets pulled away late to notch the impressive eight-point victory.
“We played a great first two quarters,” Henderson-Hodges noted. “ Jade (Carter) did get into some foul trouble early but Chase (Nalley) was ready to step up. Third quarter we went cold on shots and let them get back into the game. I told the boys before the fourth that this is when we make our stand and show them what we are made of. Apparently that got the boys going because our defense and press came back to life. They played hard and finished strong. I'm excited to start the league tournament on Thursday.”
After starting the season 0-4, the Jets have forged a 4-4 mark since that time.
Brandon Johnson fired in 16 points and had seven steals for AMMS. Andy Tiger tallied 11 points and hauled down 13 rebounds. William Stackhouse and Jade Carter finished with eight and six points, respectively, with Carter grabbing 11 rebounds.
In the girls’ contest, Thayer raced to a 22-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Lady Flyers led 35-8 at the half.
“The girls were excited but couldn’t quite get everything flowing,” said AMMS girls’ coach Kate Walker. “We finally got some points on the board late in the second quarter. The girls came out at half and stopped Thayer from scoring and got a few more points on the board (AMMS won the third quarter 8-0). But in the fourth quarter we just got tired.”
Emma Martin scored 10 points to pace the Lady Jets, including a 4-for-4 performance from the line. Summer Raymond and four points and Ava Hufford scored two.
“We have a couple of practices before the (league) tournament starts on Thursday, so we will be working on lots of things like rebounding, following our shot and moving the ball,” Walker noted.
Thayer won a pair of two-quarter “B” games, 16-8 on the boys’ side and 16-7 in girls’ action. William Stackhouse and Summer Raymond were the leading scorers for their respective squads with six points apiece.
The league tournament is set to begin play Thursday at St. Paul.