By CHUCK HATHCOCK
With the 2013-14 season winding down, the Kirk Raiders and Raiderettes had a busy weekend with a home game and a road game. The squads have just two games remaining in the regular season.
Friday, the teams secured the runner up spot in the regular season standings with a sweep of Bayou Academy at home. The following night, the teams were on the short end of decisions against Pillow Academy at Greenwood.
The Raiderettes cruised to a 57-35 decision. With the win, Kirk clinched the second seed in the district tournament.
“I thought we came out and played really well against Bayou,” Coach Amy Carroll Hudspeth said. “We executed well on the offensive end and played solid defense.”
Lauren Snyder paced KA with 15 points. Carley Hudspeth added 13 points. Margaret Taylor and Kassandra Beck both had nine points. Hayden Grantham scored seven. Brett Adair Kyle and Lexie Simmons each had two.
In the boys game, Kirk cruised to a 61-35 decision.
Gunner Hudspeth paced the Raiders with 12 points. Chris Parella added 11 and Jaggars Denley added 10 points. Adam Campbell and Cole Crenshaw each had seven points. Jordan Childs finished with five points and Josh Stanford scored four. Davis Roberts scored three. Andrew McDurmon had two points.
The Raiderettes came up on the short end of a 58-47 decision to the Lady Mustangs.
“We just didn’t handle their pressure well,” Hudspeth said. “They use their defense to set up their offense. A large part of time the problem was that we go into much a hurry.”
Kirk, 17-12, was led by Taylor, Snyder, and Grantham with nine points each. Kyle scored eight points. Simmons finished with seven points. Carley Hudspeth chipped in three and Beck scored two.
In the boys’ game, the Raiders came up on the short end of a 58-42 decision to the Mustangs.
“We missed too many scoring opportunities,” Coach Dennis Sims said. “We got several good looks at the bucket and didn’t convert them into points. You can’t do that and expect to win games.”
Kirk, 15-8, was led by Cole Crenshaw with 18 points.
Gunner Hudspeth scored eight and Denley chipped in six. Campbell, McDurmon, Childs, Parella, and Travis Taylor all had two points.
Against Bayou, the Raiders won a 56-14 decision.
Robbie Jackson led all scorers with 14 points. McDurmon had nine and Holman Taylor chipped in eight points. Josh Stanford scored six and Jones Stanford finished with five. Landon Worthy and Warner Herring each had four. Austin Branscome and Nolan Walker both scored two points. Chad Parks and Justin McElroy each had a point.
The Raiderettes cruised to a 57-30 decision over Bayou.
Carley Hudspeth led Kirk with 14 points and Annie Box scored 10. Margaret Taylor had seven and Elizabeth Taylor scored six. Sarah Boxx and Morgan Claire Rose each scored five. Juli DiPaolo chipped in four. Victoria Menhal, Bailey Wilkinson, and Lauren Thimmes all had two points.
Against Pillow, the Raiderettes improved to 23-3 on the season with a 40-31 win.
Menhal led the scoring with 10 points. Carley Hudspeth and Margaret Taylor both had seven points. Rose scored six. DiPaolo added four and Elizabeth Taylor finished with two.
The Raiders lost a 42-24 decision to the Mustangs.
Branscome led the scoring with eight points. Herring, McElroy, and McDrumon all had four points. Josh Stanford scored two. Holman Taylor and Jackson each had a point.
Officials received word Friday that both the Raiders and Raiderettes will get forfeit wins from Marshall Academy.
Marshall was ruled to have played ineligible players during games this season. The Raiders receive two wins while the Raiderettes get a win.