Stockton Middle Schools' boys' basketball teams are going in different directions. The seventh-grade squad is going down a winning road, while the eighth-grade team is struggling.
The seventh-grade team won twice last week. It outscored Springfield Catholic 37-29 with Jay Baxter, 14 points; Max Brown, 9; and Braden Postlewait, 8, leading the team in scoring.
The young Tigers followed up the win with a victory against Skyline, 32-27.
The SMS Tiger seventh-graders jumped out to a 12-2 lead after one quarter and held a 17-13 advantage at halftime. Baxter scored 11 points during the first half, 6 in the first quarter.
In the second half, Baxter continued scoring points, helping his team build on its halftime advantage. Skyline rallied late, but fell 5 points short, 32-27.
Baxter ended the game with 21 points, Postlewait tossed in 6.
Clayton Gronniger paced Skyline with 12 and Weston Owen had 8.
In the eighth-grade contest, Skyline was simply too much for Stockton. The Skyline Tigers led 32-9 at halftime and continued to dominate, ending the game with a 53-15 advantage.
In a game against Springfield Catholic, the SMS eighth-grade team lost 65-22.
Stockton Middle School played Lockwood Tuesday, Feb. 6, and will take on Fair Grove at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Both games are in Stockton.
The season ends with a tournament in Clever Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10.