MT. CARMEL – The one-two punch of Drew Moore and Cade Benson proved too much for Mt. Carmel to overcome in a 52-39 loss to Red Hill in 7th-8th grade basketball Monday at MCMS.
Moore scored 20 points and Benson 16 to lead Red Hill to the win which completed a sweep on the night for the Salukis, who also took the 6th-grade opener, 25-21.
The Junior Aces led at the end of the first quarter, 12-11, but Red Hill outscored the hosts, 12-4, in the second quarter to take control. Benson scored all but one of his points in the first half, then Moore took over in the second half, scoring all of his points in the latter two periods.
Jaden Merritt led Mt. Carmel with 14 points. Bret Doan added eight.
In the 6th grade game, the Junior Aces carried a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but Red Hill stormed to the front by outscoring the hosts, 11-4. Red Hill had a balanced attack, with Wyatt Shoulders, Colin Benson and Jonathan Cavins each scoring six points.
Mt. Carmel was led by Kaleb Applebey with 12 points.