The Camels traveled to Independence on Tuesday night to take on the Simon Kenton Pioneers in JV and Varsity action and came away with a pair of losses.
In the opening game, the JV Camels controlled the first half leading 16-10 after one period and holding a slim 23-21 lead at the half. The Camels could only muster 8 points in the 3rd period as the Pioneers were able to even the game at 31 all heading into the final period. The teams traded leads in the 4th as neither team could pull away from the other. With the Pioneers leading late in the game, the Camels fought back with several scores including a key 3 pointer by Garren Bertsch. The Camels were forced to foul to stop the clock, but Simon Kenton failed to put the game away at the free throw line. After a Simon Kenton miss and down by three, the Camels had the last opportunity to tie the game with under 15 seconds to play. However, a Camel turnover and another Pioneer free throw gave Simon Kenton the 49-45 victory.
Garren Bertsch was the only Camel in double figures scoring 15 points. The JV Camels fall to 11-7 on the season and will take on the Cooper Jaguars on Friday night at CCHS.
In the varsity game, the Camels once again found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard. The Camels trailed by as many as seven early in the first period but rallied to cut the deficit to two at 21-19 at the end of the first period. In the 2nd, the Pioneers once again stretched the lead out to nine going into the locker room at the half.
The Camels turned up the defensive intensity after the half and worked their way back to take a short lived 51-50 lead. Two Pioneer free throws before the end of the quarter helped the Pioneers regain a 52-51 lead after three periods. The Camels fell victim to the turnover bug as well as some questionable officiating in the final period. The Pioneers were able to solve the Camels press defense and go on a 9-0 run to put the Camels behind by ten. The Camels trailed by ten most of the period and would get no closer than five points the remainder of the game. The final margin for the Pioneers was 85-78.
Deondre Jackson led the Camels in scoring with 27 points followed by Matt Wilson who added 20. The Camels will host the Cooper Jaguars on Friday night.
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