The Viper Hornets and the A. B. Combs Bearcats opened the 2016 Perry County tournament for the 8th grade. The Bearcats controlled the tempo in the first half, but the Hornets managed to steal the tempo in the second half, and came away with the win.
It was all Bearcats in the opening frame as they took the 11-5 lead at the horn. A. B. Combs continued to lead throughout the second quarter, with a late rally by Viper tightening the score (19-13) going into the half.
The Hornets came out strong in the third period using their press to cause chaos in the Bearcats backcourt. By the end of the frame, Viper was in control 29-27.
Viper wold extend their lead in the fourth quarter, but a late rally by A. B. Combs pulled them to within a single basket. The Hornets remained cool down the stretch, and pulled out the 45-41 win.
Viper (45) Curry 3, Caldwell 2, Melton 11, Slone 12, Rice 11, Callahan 4 and Beverly 2.
A. B. Combs (41) Begley 4, Grigsby 4, Miller 2, Hurt 6, Eldridge 23 and Townsend 2.
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