Boys JV basketball loses its first conference game of the season to Byron Center 41-35


The boys JV basketball team suffered its first loss since December last night against Byron Center. The Bulldogs outlasted the Rangers 41-35 in a game where they pulled down two varsity players in order to match up with FHC. The game was a defensive battle for both teams and very low scoring. 

“We already beat this team earlier in the year and wanted to win again,” sophomore J Coe said. “They had two kids playing on JV against us that usually play on the varsity team, so it was more of a game this time.”

Sophomore Tyler Hudkins scored ten points for the Rangers. However, Byron Center’s point guard, Issac Lee, took over the game and scored 15 points. Lee was a starter on the varsity team before Thursday night, but the shifty guard’s scoring ability was needed at the JV level.

“Very disappointing loss to Byron Center last night,” head coach Ike Tilden said. “We are hoping to finish on a positive note on Tuesday against Northview.” 

Despite this loss, the Rangers still remain at the top of the OK White conference with a 17-2 overall record and a 10-1 record in conference play. 

“Unfortunately, we did not accomplish our goal of going undefeated in conference play,” J said. “But it does make us feel like we are doing something right if Byron Center had to pull players down in order to beat us.”

With one game remaining in the season, the Rangers are looking to finish the successful season on a high note. The boys will take on Northview next Tuesday at home to close out the year.