Yerger Middle School eighth grade basketball team returned to the hardwood at Jones Field House Gymnasium for one of their toughest match-ups thus far into the 2017-18 season on Monday night hosting Magnolia. Hope sparked late in second half play, but Magnolia's early surge prevailed them to victory 61-30.

Yerger Middle School eighth grade basketball team returned to the hardwood at Jones Field House Gymnasium for one of their toughest match-ups thus far into the 2017-18 season on Monday night hosting Magnolia. Hope sparked late in second half play, but Magnolia's early surge prevailed them to victory 61-30.

In the first quarter, Hope was outscored by Magnolia and the hometown squad had a 20-4 deficit at the end of opening period play. Ladarius Allen and Davian Durden provided the scoring with a basket apiece for Hope in first quarter play.

In the second, Ammorrion Dempsey scored the first basket of the period at the 5:44 mark with Hope trailing 20-6. Magnolia came back nailing a trey from behind the arc, but Tyzhan Jones split a couple of shots at the foul line with YMS trailing 23-7 at the 5:01 mark. Dempsey, Durden, Erik Haynie provided scoring for Hope for the final four minutes of play, but Magnolia scored nine points in the final minutes of play from the 3:54 mark. At halftime, Magnolia led Hope 32-19.

In the second half, YMS came out the locker room sparking for a nine point third quarter scoring display, but Magnolia posted 15 points in the third to lead Hope 47-27 to end three stanza's of action on the hardwood. In the fourth, Hope was held to three points scored with Magnolia dropping 14 points on the board to roll onto victory.

For the game, Dempsey led scoring with 12 points for double-figures. Durden followed with six points, Allen added four points, Jones finished with three points, Burton and Haynie each chipped in two points and Romero Frasier contributed one point at the charity stripe for YMS.

Hope YMS eighth grade hoopsters look to regroup and return to the hardwood Thursday Dec. 14 on the road to Spa City to battle the charging talented Hot Springs Jr. Trojans for junior high hoops.