Michael G. Moore Jr. is the head coach of the Jefferson County Traditional Middle School basketball team and is going to do a weekly blog post about his team.
The start of the 2019-2020 season is finally here. Coming off a terrific 12-4 record last year, winning the South District Title, and we suffered a season ending loss in the City Semifinals. So now, we come into this new season with a brand new team. We only return one player and will have to build and form chemistry with the new players now moving up to the 8th grade team this year.
Having played in a couple JCPS jamborees over the past two weeks we got a chance to see where we stand. One key is taking care of the ball vs opponents who press aggressively with speed and athletes.
If we don’t take care of ball and give up layup after layup that’s where our games can get out of hand. If we take care of ball vs the press of the opponent or the opponent just plays half-court defense & we are able to score consistently ourselves, then we are in a better situation to keep game within striking distance. If we struggle to score and go long times without scoring that can really hurt us this year.
A few goals this year like every year is to win another South District Title. The main threat in winning the District Title will be Newburg who returns their top 3 scorers from last year. In order for us to make a run at the City Title; we will have to play well and take care of ball and actually score consistently to compete with & beat Johnson, Noe, and Crosby along with Newburg. Those teams stood out at the jamborees showing everyone it will take a great performance for a full game to beat or compete with them.
We just had our season opening game vs Crosby at Male HS on Tuesday, October 29th. Due to gym availability we had to move the game up earlier in the week instead of being played on Thursday, October 31st. It would have been cool playing on Halloween night and seeing if fans, kids or anyone would come to the game dressed up in costumes to be silly & just for fun.
The game started off well for us as we took a 7-3 lead after the first quarter. By halftime Crosby was up 13-11. At the start of the 3rd quarter Crosby turned up their pressure with a full court press and after a series of turnovers through that quarter the game began to get out of hand and Crosby went up comfortably to finish the game with the win 33-17.
JCTMS was led in scoring by 8th grader, Alana Smith with 8 points. Crosby was led in scoring by their young & impressive speed guard trio; 7th grader, Kinnidi Russell with 10 points, 6th grader Brianna Wilkins with 9 points and 7th grader Bailee Duck with 9 points.
This game was our annual “JCTMS Girls Basketball Alumni Game”. This is something we have done for our season opener over the past years. We had a nice turnout and it was good seeing a lot of former players coming out to support. My alumni assistant Coach for this years game was Tyonne Howard, after leaving JCTMS went on to attend & play at DuPont Manual High School and graduated in 2018.
It’s all about trying to build up our program culture and make it like a family atmosphere for those former players. To feel like even though they have moved on to high school, College and beyond that they are still apart of the “JCTMS Girls Basketball Family”. Hoping they each look back to feel and know they were apart of a something special while in middle school.
We are back in action next Thursday, November 7th at Ramsey Middle at 4:30pm. And also on next Saturday, November 9th we will play in the Manual High School Showcase. Here is the schedule:
Barret vs Conway @ 9:00am
JCTMS vs Newburg @ 10:15am
Johnson vs Noe @ 11:30am
Crosby vs Westport @ 12:45pm
Go Lady Centurions!