Aiden Smith

North's Aiden Smith goes up for a jumper while South's Ethan Farris reaches up to defend the shot during a game Thursday. Smith scored nine points for the Gators while Farris scored seven points for the Trojans in the 34-26 North win.

The North Middle School Gators beat the South Middle School Trojans 34-26 at Franklin County High School Thursday in the second rivalry matchup of the season between the two teams.

After a low-scoring first half by both teams, the Gators were able to create some separation in the second half to sweep the rivalry series against the Trojans for the year.

There were no field goals made in the opening period with the only two points coming on free throws.

The game was tied at 1-1 after one quarter.

Both offenses began to get going in the second quarter with the score remaining very close. Jayden Kennerly scored all eight of North’s points in the second quarter.

The game was tied at 9-9 at halftime

The Gators began to create separation for the first time in the third quarter as they were able to limit the Trojans to six points on the other end of the court.

The Gators led 22-15 going into the final period.

The Trojans had their best offensive period for the day to close out the game, but they couldn’t make up any ground on the scoreboard as the Gators won by eight.

Kennerly and Aiden Smith led the Gators with nine points each for the game, followed by Eric Jones with eight points.

Willie Cobb scored seven points and Jacob Hardison scored one.

The Trojans were led in scoring by Kai Baker and Ethan Farris with seven points each, followed by Samuel Vincent with six points.

Kenyon Fuqua, Lane Pearson and Aiden Tate scored two points each.

With the win, the Gators improved to 6-8 on the season.

With the loss, the Trojans moved to 2-14 on the season.

The Trojans will next play Tuesday against Coffee County Middle School at Warren County Middle School in a first-round game for the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Gators will next play Wednesday at Warren County Middle School in their first game for the CTC tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

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