Both Hall of Champions games were not kind to the Lady Yellow Jackets or the Jacket men as the teams lost both games they played November 12, in the Warren County event. It was the first time the teams played two games each in an opening night. Also changed this year is that all games in the HOC events count on your record. In years past teams could not count the games on season record if they lost.
Grundy hosted Coffee County Tuesday for a GCHS Hall of Fame night where Mrs. Mary Ellen Patton was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Friday they travel to Sequatchie County for their first district contests beginning at 6:00. Tuesday they travel to Moore County for a 6:00 start. Get out to the hardwoods this week Grundy fans!
The Lady Jackets got off to a slow start and trailed 40-19 at halftime. They won the second half 40-28 but couldn’t overcome the 21 points.
“This was our first game of the season. We knew going in to the game that we were going to be short one of our top players with having Kristin Hill out due to strep throat and so we would have to overcome that obstacle. I think everyone had a case of the first game jitters and that really showed during the first half. We got down by 21 in the first half and against a good team coming back from that margin is very difficult. Early in the second half Mikayla Williams hit some big shots to help close the gap, but we were never able to really dig ourselves out of the hole that we made for ourselves at the beginning. We just can’t come out that slow at the beginning of the game,” said Coach Julie Davis.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy with 22 points including five three pointers. Tori Sartain followed with 21 and hit a three. Macey Meeks had a three in her six points. Peyton Eads tossed in four. Kelsey Arbuckle and Madison Burrows scored two points each.
This one was close for the first quarter and then things got out of hand. Trailing 15-11 after one the Lady Jackets saw Cannon post a 23-5 second quarter to put things pretty much out of reach. Cannon dominated the second half as well.
“Cannon County is a really solid team and during this game, to say they shot well is an understatement. I would say that Cannon is one of the top 5 teams in the state and a very good indicator of the type of teams that are in district 8AA which is our opposing district in the region. We just did not play well during this game. Looking back at the game film we have seen several things that we could have done better and we have been working on those things during practice this week. Not everything was bad during this game; we did see some positives. We just have to build on those things and get better,” said the coach.
Tori Sartain led in this game with nine points. MiKayla Williams hit two three pointers and Peyton Eads also scored six points. Madison Burrows had four points. Macey Meeks, Kelsey Arbuckle, Mallory Seals and MaKayla Misiolek scored two each.
“Obviously, we didn’t have the outcome that we desired on these two games, but we know some things now that will need to work on and what level of play we will have to rise to be competitive in our region. We have to work harder in practice and get better each and every day. How good we want to be is really up to us and the amount of effort we put in at practice and in games will determine our success,” added Coach Davis.
Cannon Co. 61 –
Not many positives in the opening game of the season for the Jackets. It was a dominant performance by Cannon County.
“We really struggled offensively in this game. We had a ton of turnovers and never really adjusted to the pressure they put on us. We have 10 of our 14 varsity players that have never played in a high school varsity game so it will be a process getting them ready, but we are up to the challenge and look forward to getting better,” said Coach Justin Bryant.
Kasey Brown led Grundy in scoring with six points. Devan Hampton notched five. Tyler Rose, Tanner Smartt and Boo Goins scored two each. Terrince Bramhall added one.
DeKalb Co. 79 –
The Jacket men made things more competitive in the second game but still came out on the short end.
“We definitely improved our offensive output and cut down our turnovers. We really played pretty good this game considering we have five guys on the court together that really haven’t ever played with each other. Once again we are working hard to improve and I’m proud of the effort these guys are giving me right now. They want to get better and as a coach that all I can ask for,” said Bryant.
Tyler Rose topped the Grundy effort with 22 points including a three. Kasey Brown followed with 12 with a three. Tanner Smartt and Boo Goins scored six each. Devan Hampton added five. Hunter Mayhew and Austin Sanders scored two each.