Swiss Girls, Monteagle Boys Win Jingle Bell Classic
The Swiss Lady Wildcats and the Monteagle Hornets took the championships of the annual Jingle Bell Classic Saturday night at GCHS. The tournament was put on by the Grundy County Bullpen Club and the Yellow Jacket baseball team.
Girls All Tournament included: Tiffany Nolan from Palmer; Taylor Meeks and Krista Sweeton from North; Keely Reece, Shayla Bennett and Kara Meeks from Monteagle; Caitlin Crabtree, Sarah Johnson, Megan Shrum and Teah Bosio from Swiss. The MVP was Kristen Weaver from Swiss.
Boys All Tournament included: Dustin Stensby from SAS; Ethan Nunley and Kollyn Cooper from Swiss; Jacob Peeples, Ryan Travis and Trey Hampton from Palmer; Grayson Lawson, Colby Melton, Jacob Thomas and Blaine Harris from Monteagle. The MVP was Corbin Lusk from Monteagle.
Note- Names and stats are as turned in on stat sheets from the tournament.
Girls: Monteagle 45 – SAS 26
The Lady Hornets opened with a 13-6 first quarter lead and rolled on to the win over the Lady Mountain Lions. Shayla Bennett led Monteagle with 16 points. Keely Reese followed with 14. Kara Meeks scored eight. Zoe Harrison tossed in three. Ashley Green and Nevah Avant had two points each. Mariel Rinck led SAS with eight points. Lexie Laurendine scored six. Anna Post tossed in five. Kate Butler had four points. Ty Klekotta scored two points and Tessa Shackelford had one.
Swiss 52 – Tracy 6
The Lady Wildcats were just too much for the Lady Eagles. Teah Bosio led Swiss with 18 points. Kristin Weaver followed with 14. Michelle McDaniel scored six. Megan Shrum and Caitlyn Crabtree had four points each. Savannah Bivens hit a three pointer. Katelynn Smith scored two points and Ragan Meeks had one. Latrice Anderson and Rachel Shrum led Tracy City with two points each. Delany Hughes and Megan O’Neal scored one point each.
Palmer 28 – Pelham 27
The Lady Bulldogs had an 11 point lead over the Lady Tigers going into the fourth quarter and had to hold off Pelham who posted a 15-5 final quarter coming up just one point short. Tiffany Nolan led Palmer with 16 points. Ariel Caldwell scored six. Gracie Scissom, Olivia Payne and Summer Payne scored two points each. Lacy Nunley led Pelham with nine points. Emily Parks had eight. Trinity Walker and Meleah Stevens scored two each. Erika Clay scored two points.
North 23 – Coalmont 15
The Lady Warriors held the Lady Warriors scoreless for the first half and went on to the win. Taylor Meeks led North with 14 points. MaKenzie Broadway followed with four. Krista Sweeton scored three and Sarah Barrett scored two. Bailee Sweeton led Coalmont with eight points. Emily Rhea scored seven.
Semifinals: Monteagle 38 – Palmer 25
The Lady Hornets set the pace with a 15-1 first quarter and drove on to the win over the Lady Bulldogs advancing to the finals. Keely Reese led Monteagle with 14 points. Kara Meeks scored nine. Shayla Bennett tossed in seven. Caitlin Ladd had six and Zoe Harrison scored two. Tiffany Nolan led Palmer with 11 points. Ariel Caldwell had five points. Sumer Payne tossed in four. Olivia Payne scored three and Gracie Scissom had two.
Swiss 48 – North 19
The Lady Wildcats raced out to a 17-0 lead and rolled on to the finals over the Lady Warriors. Caitlin Crabtree led Swiss with 15 points. Sarah Johnson followed with 10. Teah Bosio scored eight. Kristen Weaver had six. Michelle McDaniel scored five and Megan Shrum had four. Emma Seagroves led North with seven points. Krista Sweeton scored five. Taylor Meeks scored three. Mackenzie Broadway and Sara Barrett scored two points each.
Consolation: North 34 – Palmer 24
The Lady Warriors took third place in the tournament with this win over the Lady Bulldogs. North opened with a 13-4 first quarter and controlled the game the rest of the way. Taylor Meeks led North with 10 points including a three. Krista Sweeton scored nine. Emma Seagroves had five with a three. Chelsea King and Sara Barrett scored four points each. Mackenzie Broadway added two points. Olivia Payne led Palmer with 13 points. Tiffany Nolan scored five. Ariel Caldwell notched four. Sumer Payne had two.
Championship: Swiss 50 – Monteagle 18
The Lady Wildcats dominated the tournament from start to finish and downed the Lady Hornets to take the Jingle Bell title. Kristen Weaver led Swiss and all scorers with 27 points including a three. Teah Bosio followed with 13 with a three. Caitlin Crabtree scored four with a three. Sarah Johnson, Megan Shrum and Bailey Baker scored two points each. Blaire Foshee, Kara Meeks and Keely Reese led Monteagle with four points each. Shayla Bennett scored three. Caitlin Ladd notched two and Ashley Green one.
Boys: SAS 50 – Coalmont 18
The Mountain Lions dominated the Rebels in this one for the win. Ryan Toomey led St. Andrews-Sewanee with 20 points. Dustin Stensby scored 12. Blaise Zeitler dropped in 10. John Grammer scored four. Aubrey Black and Isaac Smith had two each. Noah Bean led the way for Coalmont with 14 points. Jaron Meeks and Steven Yates scored two points each.
Swiss 46 – Pelham 31
The teams were tied 19-19 at the half but the Wildcats was able to take over to down the Tigers in the second half. Kollyn Cooper led Swiss with 15 points. Nathan Coffelt followed with nine. Ethan Nunley scored eight. Josh Nance and Josh Wingo tossed in seven each. Kenzie Hill led Pelham with 13 points. Jon Brown followed with 11. Jacob Landis scored three. Sebastian Ledford and Hunter Northcutt had two points each.
Palmer 48 – North 19
The Bulldogs rolled to the win over the Warriors in their opening game in the tournament. Trey Hampton led Palmer with 25 points including a three. Lukas Borne scored six to follow. J.P. Sanders had five with a three. Ryan Travis scored four. Jacob Peoples and Dean Nunley hit three pointers. Alec Turner added two points. Cason King led North with six points including a three. Tyler Patrick, Jacob Meeks and Jaron Huntley scored three points each with Meeks and Huntley hitting threes to score theirs. Thomas Roberts and Nathaniel Myers added two points each.
Monteagle 44 – Tracy 34
Down by one the Hornets used a 14-3 second quarter to take control over the Eagles and advance in the tourney. Colby Melton led Monteagle with 14 points. Jacob Thomas followed with 12. Blaine Harris was also in double digits with 11. Corbin Lusk scored four. Braden Foshee had two and Grayson Lawson one. Johnnie Adkins led Tracy City with 14. Dakota Hardin followed with 10. Eli Tipton scored six and Dalton Fults had four.
Semifinals: Monteagle 43 – Swiss 33
The Hornets trailed 9-5 after one but won all three final quarters to take the win over the Wildcats. Corbin Lusk led Monteagle with 15 points. Blaine Harris had nine. Colby Melton notched eight. Jacob Thomas scored seven and Greyson Lawson added four. Ethan Nunley led Swiss with 15. Josh Wingo and Kollyn Cooper had seven each. Josh Nance scored four.
Palmer 41 – SAS 21
The Bulldogs were up 23-10 at the half and cruised on to the win over the Mountain Lions. Trey Hampton led Palmer with 19 points. Jacob Peoples scored seven. Ryan Travis had six. Lukas Borne notched five. Gunner Trussell and Dean Nunley scored two points each. Blaise Zeitler led St. Andrews-Sewanee with 12 points. John Grammer tossed in three. Aubrey Black, Joseph McDonough and Dustin Stensby scored two points each.
Consolation: Swiss 46 – SAS 18
The Wildcats ran away from the Mountain Lions to take the third place spot in the tourney. Josh Wingo led Swiss with 13 points. Ethan Nunley followed with 12 including two threes. Kollyn Cooper scored 11. Josh Nance tossed in six. Nathan Coffelt and Evan Nunley scored two each. John Grammer, Dustin Stensby and Aubrey Black led St. Andrews-Sewanee with four points each. Isaac smith Joseph McDonough and Larson Heitzenrater all had two points each.
Championship: Monteagle 38 – Palmer 36
It what was without question the most competitive game of the whole tournament these two teams kept it tight the whole way. The Hornets led 11-9 after one but the Bulldogs were on top 18-15 at the half. The teams ended the third knotted at 29-29. With 19 seconds to go Monteagle was up 37-36 and Blaine Harris hit one free throw to push the lead to two 38-36. Palmer drove the floor after a timeout but couldn’t score. Monteagle stole the ball and drew a foul on the other end. They missed the front end of a 1-1 and Palmer had one more shot with seven seconds left. They drove and shot but it did not go in and the Hornets prevailed 38-36. Jacob Thomas led Monteagle with 14 points. Blaine Harris scored 12 with two threes. Corbin Lusk tossed in 10. Colby Melton scored two. Trey Hampton led Palmer with 25 points including a three. Lukas Borne scored five. Jacob Peoples had four. Ryan Travis added two.