The Quitman Bulldogs closed out a tough basketball season Tuesday night with a 60-51 home loss to Scurry-Rosser. Coach Jim Reid’s Bulldogs worked hard and hustled till the final whistle but in the end fell victim to the three-point shooting of the Wildcats.
Scurry-Rosser hit 10 triples in the game, six in the first half and then adding three more in the final quarter.
Quitman started strong with senior Garret Peek hitting three field goals for six points but the Wildcats put in a pair of triples to make it a 6-6 game. An A.J. Dunn shot put the Bulldogs ahead 8-6 which was followed by a trey from Jace Reid to give Quitman an 11-6 advantage with 2:40 left in the quarter. The Wildcats hit another three-pointer and Quitman countered with a pair of free throws from Trey Berry making it a 13-11 game. Freshman Kalen Wilkerson scored on a great pass from Reid as the quarter ended with Quitman leading 13-11.
The second quarter was played close with the Wildcats keeping pace by virtue of three triples. Quitman got scoring from Peek on a three-point play, a bucket by Josh Medlin and scores from Reid, Berry and Wilkerson. The teams went to intermission with Quitman leading 27-26.
Things unraveled for the Bulldogs in the third quarter when Scurry-Rosser went on a 16-7 run and took a 42-34 lead going into the final quarter. The Wildcats maintained a 49-34 lead midway through the quarter, but the Bulldogs would not go away as they kept clawing their way back.
Reid hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 54-43 and he added two more free throws after a Scurry-Rosser player got whistled for a technical foul making the score 55-46. Josh Medlin hit a triple in the final minute to close out the scoring with Scurry-Rosser taking home the 60-51 final score.
Reid led Quitman with 14 points while Peek added 12 in his Senior Night effort. Medlin put in seven points while Luke Pruden came off the bench to score six and haul down numerous rebounds. Berry had five, Wilkerson added four and Dunn two for the contest. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 6-28 record.
Six seniors were honored prior to the game for their contributions to the Bulldog basketball program. Seniors Sebastian Howle and Rebekah and Cassidy Corrior were introduced for their efforts for the team as managers and filming crew.
Players honored were Peek, Dunn and Garrett Taylor. Taylor, a first team all-district pick last year, sat out the entire season after a severe knee injury in the final football.
Coach Reid’s young team moves into a new district alignment. The Bulldogs’ new basketball is district is 12-3A Region 2, and will include Alba-Golden, Mineola, Rains, Lone Oak, Edgewood and Grand Saline.
Plenty of younger players saw extensive action this season. Medlin was the only junior on the team with sophomores Reid, Berry, Pruden and Ben Burroughs along with freshmen Wilkerson, Aiden Steward and Aiden Corrior. Sophomore Riley Flanagin saw some varsity action during the season.