MERKEL — After a close-fought game for the first two quarters of play, the Merkel Badgers had a strong second half to to secure their victory against the Coahoma Bulldogs in a District 5-3A match up Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs were down by just 3 points when they headed to the locker room for the mid-game break. Returning for the second half, both teams played heavy defense and had trouble finding the basket in the third. Merkel scored 6 points and Coahoma 2 in the quarter.
In the fourth, the Badgers picked up steam to lay down 13 points while effectively keeping the Bulldogs to 6.
Gage Clark-Burdell led the Coahoma team with 8 points followed by Bryson Cline with 7. Cline also shot a 3-point goal in the first quarter.
Next: Coahoma will host Clyde in a Bulldogs versus Bulldogs bash set for Friday in the CES competition gym.
COAHOMA 27, MERKEL 43
Coahoma: 9, 12, 2, 6 -- 29
MERKEL: 11, 13, 6, 13 -- 43
Coahoma — Joe Manning 2, Zack Schneider 6, Gaige Hill 4, Bryson Cline 7, Kolt Redden 2, Gage Clark-Burdell 8.
MERKEL — Jonah White 13, Tryce Pape 3, Dillion Davis 3, Ian Sebastian 2, Daniel Rush 2, Jayden Foss 6, Slade Stone 14.
Free Throws — Coahoma 2-6 , Merkel 3-9 ; Three-Point Goals — Coahoma 1 (Cline), Merkel 4 (Stone 2, Pape, Davis); Total Fouls — Coahoma 7, Merkel 11
(Information and photos courtesy of Coahoma Media.)