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7th, 8th Boys Play At Reeds Spring; Host Strafford

The Ava Middle School Bears traveled to Reeds Spring on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to make up games that had been postponed the previous week.
The seventh grade Bears were defeated 24-19. Ava trailed 14-7 at halftime and trailed 16-14 after three quarters of play. The Bears closed as close as one point in the final minute but could not overtake the Wolves.
Drake King led Ava’s scoring with 8 points. The rest of the scoring included:  Caleb Johnson 5, Stephen Copeland 4, and Dustin Kilgore 2.
The eighth grade Bears also fell to host Wolves, dropping a 39-16 decision. Wyatt Gastineau led the scoring for the Bears with 6 points. The remainder of the scoring for Ava included:  Takoma Dobbs 4, Weston Stillings 3, Joey Swofford 2, and Michael Lane 1.
The Bears hosted the Strafford Indians on Thursday, Dec. 19. Ava won the seventh grade game 33-21.
Ava trailed after one quarter by an 8-6 margin but rallied to take a 19-14 lead to the locker room at halftime. Caleb Johnson led Ava’s scoring with 16 points, followed by Stephen Copeland with 8 points.
The rest of the scoring for the Bears included:  Griffin Taylor 4, Drake King 3, and Dustin Kilgore 2. The visiting Indians defeated the eighth grade Bears 50-8. Scoring for Ava included:  Wyatt Gastineau 5, Quincey McDonald 2, and Weston Stillings 1.
The Bears will next play in the Willow Springs Middle School Tournament on Jan. 7, 9, and 11.