Hosts survive sloppy opener in Biggersville

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

BIGGERSVILLE – Things got off to a sloppy start for both Biggersville and Booneville on Tuesday night.
Booneville was playing its first game of the season. Biggersville was playing for only the third time.
Both teams lost in the state finals last season – Biggersville in 1A and Booneville in 3A.
Biggersville scored the final eight points and capitalized on a pair of late turnovers to beat the Blue Devils 63-57.
“We were fortunate. We’ve got a long way to go and they do too. I was proud of our guys’ effort,” Biggersville coach Cliff Little said. “We looked sloppy. We don’t want to be the best we can be in November. We’re trying to be the best we can be in January, February and March.”
Kenny Paul Geno scored 29 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Blue Devils (0-1). His three-point play tied it at 49 with 5:38 left.
Geno kept it at 57-55 with a jumper at the 3-minute mark. Marquis Watson tied it at 57 with 1:50 left but a lane violation waived a free throw. Daniel Simmons’ jumper at the 1:23 mark put the Lions (2-1) ahead 59-57.
‘ugly both ways’
“It was ugly both ways. Both of us looked out of control and wild. We never changed,” Booneville coach Michael Smith said. “That’s kind of what you expect the first time out. We’ve got to find an identity. We don’t make excuses. We’ve got to get better.”
Simmons had a pair of late steals to seal it. He scored a team-high 24 and had five steals. He made 1 of 2 from the line; Watson’s steal and two sealed it with 20.5 seconds to play.
Emmanuel Simmons scored 12 and Jaylon Gaines 10 for the Lions. Jazz Prather scored 11 for Booneville.
“We’ve got as balanced a scoring attack as we could ask for,” Little said.
(G) Booneville 64, Biggersville 52:Shy Agnew scored 15 points for Booneville (1-0). Tyler Shelley had 19 and Jada Tubbs 15 for Biggersville (0-2).
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