Goshen ousts MA at home

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 16, 1999

Sports Writer

Tuesday night, Goshen did what any good eagle would do when faced with an invader in its nest. They pecked them right out of the gym.

Goshen (4-1) turned a game, that was close at halftime, into a nightmare for the visiting Montgomery Academy Eagles (5-3) in defeating their 3A foes, 61-35. Up by just six at the break, 24-18, GHS came out and out scored Montgomery Academy a whopping 37-17 in the second half.

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Jamar Tucker notched a double-double, scoring 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and grabbing 10 rebounds leading the way for Goshen. The junior forward did it on the defensive side of the ball as well, sending several Academy shots back…well, back to Montgomery County.

Freshman shooting guard Kendaris Pelton, (a ‘Diaper-Dandy’ if there ever was one, Mr. Dick Vitale) who added 17 points of his own. Pelton gave Goshen the lead for good with a fast break, underneath the basket, spin move, and a layup with the foul toward the end of the first.

"Montgomery Academy’s a well disciplined and a well coached team," Goshen head coach Major Lane said. "But I thought we were a little bit more athletic then they were. And when they got around the basket we were able to block some shots and turn them into transition points. Bottom line, I thought our kids gave the type of team effort that we have to have to win. Above all they look for each other, both inside and outside, and when you got a team that plays that well together, you are going to have good things that happen."

The Goshen boys’ win extracted a little revenge for the whipping the Lady Eagles endured from Montgomery Academy earlier Tuesday night. The visiting Lady Eagles layed it on Goshen’s girls’ team, 82-22.

The smaller Goshen squad was just no match in the paint for the taller team from Montgomery County, as the Academy Lady Eagles placed four players in double figures. Joi Anderson had 21, followed by Evelyn Smith, who made her living from the right side of the basket, with 16. Ashley Bentley had 14 points and Walton Upchurch finished with 10.

Kayla Ellis was top scorer for Goshen with 12 points.