What’s a Purple? Every kid, teacher, and coach at Bowling Green has been asked this question at least once and this is the year we found out. The Bowling Green Purples showed up at the Sweet 16 with a purpose; It was their fourth appearance in the Sweet 16 — They came into the tournament with a 29-game win streak and were nowhere near finished.
Bowling Green faced Graves in the first round, Senior Terry Taylor finished with a nice 20 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds while 8th Grader Zion Harmon chipped in 17 points and 3 steals. Purple’s defensive efforts were solid, they held Mr. Basketball candidate and 7-footer Chris Vogt to single digits in all stats. The Purples won 68-51.
In the Elite Eight, the Purples battled Scott Co. and Sophomore standout Michael Moreno. Moreno and crew were no match for the dynamic duo at Bowling Green — Taylor earned a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Zion Harmon dropped 16 points with 4 assists. DeAngelo Wilson came alive and contributed 20 points to the winning efforts, 68-53.
Bowling Green’s Final Four matchup with Scott High School led them to Sweet 16 Sensation Jake Ohmer, who in an earlier game had an astounding 41 points and 17 rebounds. Taylor and Harmon had an answer for Ohmer, combining for 44 points and 16 rebounds — Taylor recording his second State Tournament double-double. The game was a barn-burner in which Bowling Green barely squeaked by. Final score: 80-79.
Bowling Green battled their way to Sunday’s Championship game with one goal in mind. Their opponent Cooper had an impressive run, their slow-down defense only allowing 116 points in 3 games prior. Cooper’s playing style did not hinder the Purples, they controlled the tempo the entire game, defeating the Jaguars 67-56. Taylor with his third double-double in the Sweet 16, recording 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The dynamic duo of Senior Terry Taylor and 8th Grader Zion Harmon combined for 151 points in 4 games and won all but one game by double digits. I asked Terry Taylor how it felt to be a State Champion, his response was “it’s a surreal feeling, words can’t describe how much of a blessing it is. The Glory goes to God. None of this was possible without him.”
So now we have an answer to the all-too-familiar question, “What’s a Purple?” A State Champion, that’s what.
Kayla Moore VanHoose
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