Gonzales Middle topples firefighters in basketball game

Stephanie Hopkins
The action was fierce during the Gonzales Fire Department and Gonzales Middle School basketball game.

The Gonzales Fire Department and the Gonzales Middle School starting basketball team played a friendly game Wednesday, April 8 in the school gym, with the middleschoolers coming out on top, 69-23.

Unlike the recent games Gonzales Middle played against the Gonzales Police Department and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Department played the school’s starting basketball team the entire game.  Gonzales Police and the sheriff’s crew played the Gonzales Middle starting lineup for half the game and the school’s honor students the second half of those games.

The game last week started at 1:30 p.m. and Gonzales Middle was up 15 points when Preston Landry scored the first three points for GFD. Then Chad Robichaux was fouled and had a chance at two free throws, hitting the second shot.

The first half ended with Gonzales Middle up 40-9, and the firefighters spent the half practicing while Gonzales Middle students shot free throws for prizes.

The game was fun to watch and a nice break from classes, according to students in the stands.

At the start of the second half, GFD received a medical call and one of their players, Mickey Hopkins, had to leave the game to respond to the call. He had scored in the first half and was hoping to contribute in the second, but was unable to return until after the game was over.

Fire Chief Tracey Norman put up a fight in the second half, leading his team to its goal of scoring at least 20 points. His two points at the end of the stanza gave the firefighters 14 points to go with the 9-point first half.

After the game, players from the two teams shook hands and then the students were dismissed.

Members of the GFD hung around a few minutes to talk about the game and how good the school’s players are.

Students and firefighters showed good sportsmanship after the game.