2012-03-10 / Sports

Junior High basketball underway

There’s a reason the varsity basketball teams at Cameron County enjoy consistent success on the court.

Fundamentals are stressed and skills are built upon in seventh and eighth grade for the boys and girls who sign up for basketball. The skill sets the players learn at the junior high level are developed and nurtured as they work their way up through the system to the varsity level.

Now that the varsity basketball season is over, the junior high teams have kicked into high gear.

Some of the Cameron County seventh-graders pull double-duty. Madison Harrier, Madison Guisto, Kendyl Guisto and Alayna Genevro have been playing for both the seventh and eighth-grade girls’ teams.

While seventh-grade basketball is focused on learning, there is more of a competitive element in the eighthgrade games.

Cameron County’s girls (4-1) opened with a 41-10 win against visiting Austin, then traveled to Smethport and fell, 23-16. The Red Raiders followed with a 24-22 double overtime win at home against Northern Potter, a 26-17 victory at Otto-Eldred, and a 24-21 win over Port Allegany.

Port Allegany also fielded a seventh-grade team and Cameron County won that game as well, 24-16.

In boys’ action, Cameron County, coached by Chris Horning, has posted a 5-3 record. Trae Smith, Jordan Crosby and Vinny Olivett have been the Raiders’ top scorers.

Upcoming games are Monday at Austin, followed by a rematch at home on Wednesday with Smethport and a trip to Northern Potter on Friday.

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