It was a split decision for McDowell High School’s two junior varsity basketball teams in Wednesday’s home opener against East Burke.
In junior varsity girls action, the McDowell Lady Titans could never get any offensive rhythm going in a 26-21 loss to the East Burke Lady Cavaliers.
Only six McDowell (0-1) players scored in the season opener. Cassie Banks had seven points to lead the Lady Titans. Faith Laws and Peyton McPeters added four points each. Kennedy Dobson, Abby McMahan and Alexis Rhymer finished with two points apiece.
Both teams were in the midst of a 14-14 stalemate through three quarters of play, but it was a decisive 12-7 advantage by the Lady Cavaliers that made the difference.
McDowell 47, East Burke 37 (jayvee boys)
After dealing with a loss in the season opener the previous weekend, the McDowell Titans junior varsity basketball team got into the winners column with a 10-point victory against the East Burke Cavaliers.
Gabe Marsh scored 12 points and Josh Smith had 10 points to give McDowell (1-1) a pair in double figures. Smith scored seven of those 10 in the fourth quarter to give the Titans a little separation in what was a one- to two-possession game during most of the game.
Jeremiah Ellis netted eight points in the paint. Chase Coley and Mason Lamb added six points each. Alejandro Campos chipped in with four points. Jeryah Cash and Kaiden Compton finished with two points each.
McDowell is at Mitchell Tuesday (4 p.m. start jayvee girls).