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Both Yellow Jacket teams put one in the win column last week in Whitwell. Friday they also both fell at Notre Dame for a district loss. The Lady Jackets are now 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the district. The Jacket men are 2-10 and 0-4.
Tuesday Grundy traveled to Signal Mountain. They will have a short break and both teams will play in the South Pittsburg Christmas tournament beginning December 26. Get out to the hardwoods this week Grundy fans!
Girls: Grundy 56 – Whitwell 33
The Lady Jackets led from early on and built on that lead throughout the game. Up 35-24 after three they got hot for a 21-9 final quarter to roll on to the win. “This was one of the first games this season that I felt like we played as a team for the majority of the game. We still had some mistakes here and there but the positive side of that is we didn’t dwell on them we kept playing hard. For the majority, this is the same Whitwell team that beat us twice last year, so to play this well against that same team it shows how much the girls can accomplish when they work together. I am very proud of how the girls played and hope that we can start building on this win and get better each practice and each game,” said Coach Julie Davis. MiKayla Williams led the Lady Jackets with 17 including two threes. Macey Meeks scored 11. Kristin Hill had eight. Tori Sartain and Peyton Eads tossed in five each. Madison Burrows scored four. Kelsey Arbuckle, Hannah Phillips and Haylee Northcutt all had two each.
Notre Dame 46 – Grundy 40
The Lady Jackets’ offensive performance in the first half was limited to only nine points but their defense did pretty well holding the Lady Irish to 18. Grundy trimmed one off the lead in the third but just couldn’t come all the way back. “I feel like the girls played really hard this game, we just came up short. We had some bad calls at inopportune times but bottom line is we missed too many shots. We only had nine points in the first half and we can’t win games with that few of points for half a game. We missed 12 free throws and only lost by six, so we were given the opportunities to win we just didn’t capitalize on those opportunities,” said Coach Davis. Tori Sartain led Grundy with 12 points. Peyton Eads followed with nine. Macey Meeks had seven with a three pointer. Kristin Hill also had seven points. Mikayla Williams scored four with a three pointer. Kelsey Arbuckle added one.
Boys: Grundy 75 – Whitwell 47
The Jacket men got their second win of the season and their first big win with a 28 blowout over the Tigers. “This was a big win for us headed into two district games before Christmas break. We are continuing to play pretty good on the defensive end. We shot the ball pretty good tonight from everywhere on the floor and we must continue to do that in order to win. Tyler Rose has been shooting great from the three point line and that is opening things up for other players to be successful. We still have a bunch of work ahead of us to be where we want to be as a team,” said Coach Justin Bryant. Trevor Hampton led Grundy with 23 points. Tyler Rose followed with 17 including five three pointers. Kasey Brown scored 12 with a three. Devan Hampton was also in double digits with 11 with a three. Terrince Bramhall tossed in four. Jacob Wingo scored three. Dylan Mooney and Tanner Smartt scored two each. Boo Goins added one.
Notre Dame 66 – Grundy 54
Grundy kept it close as this one was like the girls’ game with a defensive battle in the first half. It was 22 all at halftime. The Irish posted a 44-32 second half to hand the Jackets a district loss. “We played a pretty good game tonight. The game was tied 22-22 at half and we were playing the pace of game that we wanted to play. I don’t feel like we really didn’t play a bad 2nd half they just made a few more plays than we did. I’m proud of the way we played and I continue to see improvement and that’s exciting from my perspective,” said the coach. Tyler Rose and Tanner Smartt led the Jackets with 13 points each. Trevor Hampton scored nine. Terrince Bramhall had eight. Kasey Brown dropped in five. Boo Goins and Shawn Harriman scored two each.