By Allen Hamrick
It was homecoming night this past Tuesday at CCMS which pitted the Mustangs against the Calhoun Red Devils. It would be a game to remember as the Mustangs and the Red Devils went back and forth the whole game with enough intense action to satisfy any fan. This game had all the drama of a championship game complete with nail biting runs for the lead. The Red Devils usually come to Clay and get their butts handed to them but not this night. The JV Mustangs got the ball rolling, went to work and didn’t look back as they rolled to the win. In the end, it was the Mustang JV with the win 41-12. The Red Devils varsity team came in all guns blazing and would prove to be a difficult opponent, to say the least. On the board first was the Red Devils hitting for three and taking an early lead in the game. They had a slight advantage in height over the Mustangs and initially had a slight over confidence vibe as they went toe to toe with the Mustangs.
After the first bucket, the Mustangs realized the Red Devils had indeed brought their A game, and they, too, turned up the heat on offense and defense. With both defenses ruling the court in the first period, it became a low scoring game with many off balance shots at the hoop. At the end of the 1st period, the score stood at 9-10 with the Red Devils in the lead. After a pep talk, the 2nd period got started and the Mustangs started burning the earth. They took the lead and started pulling away with some great defense and offense coordinated attacks. When the half came, the scare stood at a respectable 18-14 with the Mustangs on top. After the half was over, the Mustangs looked as though they brought out a whole new game of plays, started burning the net and took a big lead in the game. At the beginning of the 4th period, the Mustangs were setting comfortable with a 29 – 18 lead. This was a wake-up call for the Red Devils – it was either pick up the pace or go home once again holding the tissues.
The Red Devils came out swinging, their defense stepped up and started making plays and held the Mustangs to just four points in the fourth. With the game getting counted in seconds left, the Red Devils retook the lead 31-32 with 34 seconds left in the game. It was do or die for the Mustangs as fans were going crazy. In what seemed like a split second, the Mustangs stole the ball, scored with a little over a second and gained the favor 33-32. Bryson Peters was the last to shoot in the game and hit for one more point to close out the game with a final score 34-32. It was a great game to watch, and the Red Devils could hold their head up for bringing all they had to the plate. In the game it was Bryson Peters getting top shot hitting for 15 points in the game. This homecoming game was a big win for the Mustangs.
This night also was the CCMS basketball homecoming. Royalty came to CCMS as the princesses and their escorts added a touch of class to the rural hills we call home as Principal Leslie Goe crowned Presley Shamblin as the 2022 CCMS basketball homecoming queen. She had all the beauty, poise and grace of a queen that will not soon be forgotten. The sounds of wild cheers and smiles as big as the moon on parents’ and friends’ faces abundantly filled the gym as the crown was set in place. Shamblin is deserving of the title of CCMS Homecoming Queen and will be among the finest queens to grace the halls of the school. She was escorted to the event by Justin Nida. Her court consisted of 6th grade Princess Bailey Frame escorted by Luke West, 7th grade Princess Layla Parker escorted by Lathan Brown, 8th grade princess Zaiah Minger escorted by Bryton Champ and 8th grade princess Taylor Workman escorted by Adrian Davison. Congratulation to Queen Shamblin, her court, class representatives and flag bearers.
Mustang homecoming headline Lead in Pic – Presley Shamblin named 2022 Mustang basketball homecoming queen
Cutline for lead in pic- Principal Leslie Goe crowns Pressley Shamblin. Allen Hamrick photo.
Pic 1- Bryson Peters knocks down 2 points.
Pic2- Blake Coleman looks for 2 under stress.
Pic3- Kohan Ramsey lays out some good defense.
pic4- 8th grade princess Taylor Workman escorted by Adrian Davison
pic5- 8th grade princess Zaiah Minger escorted by Bryton Champ
pic6- 7th grade Princess Layla Parker escorted by Lathan Brown
pic7- 6th grade Princess Bailey Frame escorted by Luke West