MOORE HAVEN — Most high school-aged kids in Brighton either head northeast to attend Okeechobee High or south to attend Moore Haven High.
So when those schools meet on a basketball court, as the boys teams did Dec. 3 at a packed Moore Haven gym, there’s bound to be familiar faces from the reservation facing each other.
Okeechobee, which has one of its strongest varsity teams ever, pulled away from a determined Moore Haven squad, 71-57. The Brahmans, who feature guards Lucas Osceola and Silas Madrigal, were 9-1 before the holiday break.
Earlier, Okeechobee defeated Moore Haven in the junior varsity game. Leon Edouard poured in nine points for Okeechobee and Dakoya Nunez had three.
Sandwiched between the boys games was Moore Haven’s girls varsity game against LaBelle, which the Terriers won 51-49. A trio of Seminoles led Moore Haven as Caroline Sweat scored a team-high 19 points followed by Alicia Fudge with 16 points and Burgundy Pierce with 11 points. All three players took command in the fourth quarter. Each scored five points in the last quarter that was close right up until the buzzer. Freshman Tafv Harris, who was a standout at Pemayetv Emahakv last season, hit a 3-pointer.
After the victory, Moore Haven dropped three games in a row, but bounced back before the holiday break with two wins against Marco Island Academy and one against Seacrest.
Okeechobee will host the Moore Haven girls on Jan. 7.