The Grundy County Lady Jackets and Jackets cancelled their final game of the season last Friday night with district foe Chattanooga Christian. The cancellation evidently had no bearing on the seeding for the district tournament. However, the teams missed out on a chance to avenge a loss to both the Chargers and Lady Chargers that they clearly had an opportunity to win on their home court. They also missed out on another home game that would have enhanced their gate and concessions that would help the program financially. Finally, they missed out on the seniors of both teams getting to be assured of at least one more home game before their season comes to a close. They now must finish first or second in the district tournament to host a game.
The decision left the teams dropping their last two regular season games entering post season. The Lady Jackets lost last Monday on Senior Night, 71 – 54, and lost at Coffee County 68 – 36 the following night in Manchester. The Jackets followed suit dropping a 56 – 53 decision to Huntland, and an 83 – 57 decision to Coffee County.
The Lady Jackets ended the regular season with a 6 – 20 overall record. They finished 2 – 7 in District 7-AA and are fifth seeded for the district tournament. The Jackets finished 8 -19 overall and 4 – 5 in District 7-AA. They are seeded fourth in the tournament.
The Jackets played fifth seeded Notre Dame Monday night in the first round of the district tournament at Sequatchie County. The Lady Jackets played fourth seeded Chattanooga Christian Tuesday night at Sequatchie County.
The Lady Jackets came out and played the Lady Hornets tough for the first half. They held Miss Basketball finalist Ali Golden to a mere two points in the first half. Between the inside play of Caylee McLennan and Golden getting hot in the second half the Lady Jackets couldn’t overcome their visitors as they lost 71 – 54. Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets with 12 points, while senior Haylee Northcutt added 12 points and Lacy Nunley chipped in 11 markers.
Coffee County 68 Lady Jackets 36
The Lady Jackets were never in this game. The Lady Red Raiders raced out to a 15 – 2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Lacy Nunley and Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
The Jackets played inspired basketball for a half and led 35 – 27 at the half. After senior Boo Goins scored at the 7:05 mark of the third quarter to give the Jackets a 37 -27 lead, the Hornets outscored the Jackets 23 – 3 over the remainder of the third quarter and the first six minutes of the fourth quarter.
Senior Trent Hampton made the second of two free throws to make the score 50 – 41 with 1:58 left to play. The Jackets refused to give up. They cut a nine point lead at the 1:18 mark (52 – 43) to two points (55 – 53) with :13.1 remaining. They even had a three pointer in the last seconds to tie that just wouldn’t fall. Trey Hampton led the Jackets with 12 points, while Trent Hampton and Goins scored 10 points each.
Coffee County 83 Jackets 57
The Jackets hung tough for a half, but the wear and tear of four games in five days caught up with them against the talented Red Raiders. Kollyn Cooper led the Jackets with 14 points. Noah Bean added 13 points.