The Lady Jackets were upset Monday night by Bledsoe County in the opening round of the district tournament. The loss ended their season. The Jacket men traveled to Dunlap Tuesday night for their opening round game but results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Jackets finished the season with a 12-16 overall record and 5-5 in district season play. The Jacket men are 5-22 and 0-10 in the district going into their game.
Huntland 68 – Grundy 42
Grundy went into the contest with low expectations knowing the game meant nothing for the final district standings. Down 36-14 at the half there wasn’t much of an opportunity to come back in the second half.
“We ran this like a camp game. It didn’t mean anything as far as district went and we didn’t want to run the risk of getting anyone hurt because we knew that we’ve got Chattanooga Christian tomorrow night,” said Coach Jonathan Shedd.
Teah Bosio led Grundy with 10 points including a three. MiKayla Williams followed with nine with two threes. Madison Burrows had six off two threes. Haylee Northcutt scored five points. Lacy Nunley had four. Keely Reese and Kylan Layne Pickett notched three points each. Peyton Eads scored two.
CCS 69 – Grundy 65
The teams battled hard all night. Grundy trailed by eight after one and nine at the half but tied the game at 52-52 going into the final quarter. In the end the Lady Crusaders prevailed on their home court for the district win.
“We started out really good and then had a letdown going into halftime. We came back and retook the lead, but we couldn’t hold them off. So now we have Bledsoe coming to us on Monday,” said Coach Shedd.
MiKayla Williams had a career night with 30 points to lead Grundy while nailing six three pointers. Lacy Nunley followed with 11 including hitting three treys. Teah Bosio was also in double digits with 10. Madison Burrows scored seven with a three. Peyton Eads tossed in four and Haylee Northcutt hit a three pointer.
Bledsoe Co. 51 – Grundy 44
The Lady Jackets led the entire first half until Lady Warriors tied the game 21-21 on a buzzer shot. Bledsoe hit the first two baskets of the second half and never trailed again. Grundy tied the game 37-37 at the 5:15 mark of the fourth quarter and then didn’t score again until there were just 51.8 seconds left in the game after a 9-0 Lady Warrior run. The Lady Jackets rallied but just couldn’t get over the hump.
“Not at all the way we wanted to end. We should have had three games left. I’m thinking we can’t hit a shot but we hit seven threes. We were 9 of 22 from the line. We missed 11 and we lose by seven. That’s what did it and foul trouble. It’s tough to overcome and we couldn’t tonight. I hate it for my seniors. I don’t know what you do different. I sat them when they got in foul trouble trying to save them for the second half and it was a good thing because they called as many fouls in the second half. If I didn’t sit them they would have been out of the game a whole lot earlier than what they were. Sometimes you’re just danged if you do and danged if you don’t,” said Coach Shedd.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy with 11 points including two threes. Madison Burrows followed with 10 and hit three treys. Haylee Northcutt scored seven with a three. Teah Bosio had six points. Lacy Nunley tossed in five with a three. Peyton Eads scored four. Kylan Layne Pickett added one point.
Huntland 71 – Grundy 48
Huntland is state ranked and was riding a 10 game win streak coming into the contest with a Mr. Basketball finalist in Kobe Foster. They played like that as well notching their 22nd win against just two losses. Grundy trialed by eight after one and 16 in at the half.
“Huntland is a very well coached team. They do a great job of playing team basketball. They are without a doubt a state tournament team and I wish them all the best of luck. They have a really good player in in Kobe Foster and he has a great supporting cast. I thought we started out strong and started to play junk defense on Foster. That was going good. I just think they wore us down physically and mentally and they were able to extend the lead from there. We struggled with rebounding especially with them getting offensive rebounds. That’s been an eyesore all year for us. I’m hoping going into the district tournament we get that changed and cleaned up,” said Coach Jerry Brown.
Johnny Adkins led the Jackets with 13 points including three three-pointers. Trey Hampton followed with 10 hitting two threes. Boo Goins had nine with a three. Blane Harris scored five with a three. Tyler Patrick hit a three pointer. Kenzie Hill and Corbin Lusk scored two points each. Cullen Anderson added one.
CCS 73 – Grundy 39
The Jackets had another slow start and paid the price for it. They trailed by 18 after one and 42-15 at the half. They played a stronger second half but like many times this season the hole was just too deep.
“We had a very, very, sluggish, slow start. Their best player hit five threes in the first quarter and we were kind of shell shocked from that. I felt like we weren’t ready to play and that’s partly my fault. I should have got them more ready to play. CCS shot the ball well especially in the first half. It seemed like they weren’t missing anything. They out-toughed us. They out rebounded us. They out played us for the first half. The second half was a whole lot better especially in the third quarter. Our guys got fired up and wanted to play. I just wish we could have done that for the whole game and not just one quarter,” said Coach Brown.
Blane Harris and Trey Hampton led Grundy with 11 points each with Hampton hitting three treys. Kollyn Cooper had eight points. Cody Eslinger scored four. Johnny Adkins hit a three. Josh Nance and Boo Goins added one point each.