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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • BMC Splits Homecoming Games

  • The Bucklin/Macon County Co-op held their Homecoming last night at the gym in New Cambria. Both schools crowned royalty, see today’s front page for those honorees. As for the games themselves, the teams won one and lost one to visiting Atlanta.
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  • The Bucklin/Macon County Co-op held their Homecoming last night at the gym in New Cambria.  Both schools crowned royalty, see today’s front page for those honorees.  As for the games themselves, the teams won one and lost one to visiting Atlanta.
    The teams exchanged points to start the game, with Bailey Ratliff scoring on two free throws.  A 9-0 Atlanta run would take place from here, putting the Lady Raiders in quite a hole early.  The BMC offense ran through Ratliff, who scored all 11 of the team’s points in the opening frame.  After one quarter, Bucklin/Macon County trailed 16-11.
    Savannah Jochem started the second quarter scoring for BMC, with a putback.  Atlanta responded with a 6-0 run to extend their lead.  A 5-0 BMC run later in the frame, with points from Kelsey Almond and Megan Liebhart, would close the gap to three points.  But, a late Atlanta run would put the Lady Raiders down 33-26 at the half.
    BMC opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run, thanks to a hoop from Ratliff, combined with an and-one from Rachel Akins.  This closed the gap to two points, the closest the game had been since the opening quarter.  A 5-0 Atlanta run matched this, and was met by a 4-0 Lady Raider run.  Points on the run came from Almond and Jochem.
    It is here where things got a little controversial.  Akins recorded what this reporter had has her fourth foul.  However, the official scorer and the officials all conferred to disqualify her with her fifth foul near the midpoint of the third quarter.  This foul trouble would come back to harm the BMC girls in this game.  After three quarters, Bucklin/Macon County trailed 40-35.
    A pair of three-pointers from Almond and Ratliff rallied the troops to open the third quarter for BMC.  These lasers from downtown closed the gap to one point; again, the closest the game had been since the first quarter.  In the end, sadly, the Lady Raiders would foul out players down to having only five bodies available.  BMC lost their homecoming game 64-54.
    After the crowning, the Raiders took the floor.  BMC struck first with a hoop from Brady Duncan.  Atlanta responded with a 3-0 run, ending with a bucket from Damon Porter.  An 8-0 Atlanta run went from here, ending with a basket from Daniel Hernandez.  After one quarter, the Raiders trailed 17-12.
    A pair of three-pointers from Dakota Peterson gave the Bucklin/Macon County boys the lead to start the second quarter.  Atlanta re-took the lead with a 7-0 run, ending with a two-point bucket from Peterson.  At halftime, BMC trailed Atlanta 30-24.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Raiders opened the second half on a 10-0 run to take control of the game.  Points on this run came from:  Dane Robertson, Porter, and Dillan Nolte.  The teams would go back-and-forth all through the frame, with the BMC boys holding a slight lead.
    Late in the third quarter, Atlanta would re-take the lead by a single point.  But, a three-pointer from River Wright would give Bucklin/Macon County back the lead.  A buzzer-beating putback by Atlanta would tie the game 44-44 after three quarters.
    A basket by Cyrus Hanson would give the Raiders the lead to start the fourth quarter.  Atlanta would tie the game again, but late runs by BMC, with points coming from Peterson, Hernandez, Porter, Wright, Nolte, and Robertson would end the game with a Raider win.  Bucklin/Macon County won their homecoming game 63-53.
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