The Yellow Jacket hoopsters got in the win column with their first home game last week as both downed South Pittsburg. The Lady Jackets notched their second win upsetting Cannon County on the road. The Lady Jackets went into Tuesday’s games with a 2-4 record while the men are 1-5.
Coach Jonathan Shedd sees improvement in his Lady Yellow Jackets and was pleased with the first win.
“It was very important. The girls needed that. I told them in the locker room that I scheduled a very tough schedule to start to get them ready for district. It’s been tougher than we thought without our posts so we needed that bad. We got to work on different things in this game. Different people got different shots. We had five in double figures and everyone scored but one. It was a team effort. We crashed the boards offensively and that’s a big plus and something we have to continue to do. We still have too many fouls. We’ve got to quit trying to play with our hands and quit reaching. We have to move our feet, be aggressive with our feet.
“Friday we played our most complete game of the year. They are a good team and it is really hard to get a win at their place but we never panicked and played together.
“Saturday was a different story. I think that we were feeling too good about ourselves after Friday night. We played pretty well for two quarters but just couldn’t put the whole game together. It’s just part of the growing pains as we work to rebuild the program,” said Coach Shedd.
“That was a great win for the kids. The kids have worked so hard since we started back in August with conditioning and lifting weights. To win a game like this in our first home game is a great feeling and great for my kids. I tried to play everybody. I tried to sub a lot to keep our legs fresh throughout the game. I’m just so happy for Coy Gibbs tonight. He has worked so hard, comes to practice every day and never complains. This is a great feeling for him and everyone.
“I felt my kids came out strong at the beginning but Cannon wore on us physically and mentally. They’re traditionally a good team. Once one thing goes wrong then it snowballs. They were 12 of 25 from the three point line and 50 percent is just too much to give up to any team much less one with home court advantage.
“Against DeKalb we played extremely hard. We made some uncharacteristic turnovers that hurt us. In the last minute and a half, we had five chances to tie but couldn’t knock them down. DeKalb’s trapping zone was hard on us as well and we were tired and just couldn’t hit shots. We fought hard and stayed in it and I’m really proud. We never gave up and kept fighting in every game so far. I just want them to keep fighting no matter what’s going on in a game,” said Coach Brown.
Grundy played at Coffee County Tuesday but results were unavailable at press time. Tuesday they host Notre Dame at 5:30 p.m. for their first district game. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
Grundy 93 – South Pittsburg 58
Lacy Nunley led Grundy with 25 points including three from three-point land. Mikayla William followed with 15 with three treys. Madison Burrows and Haylee Northcutt had 13 each with Burrows hitting a three. Kristin Weaver scored 11 with a three. Caitlyn Crabtree scored 5 with a three. Kelsey Harriman had four points. Teah Bosio scored three points. Hanna Tate and Keely Reese scored two points each.
Grundy 64 – Cannon Co. 59
The Lady Jackets battled from behind to take the win over the long time middle Tennessee powerhouse. Grundy was down 21-15 after one and 37-30 at the break. They cut four points off the lead in the third quarter and posted a 17-9 fourth quarter to take the win.
Mikayla Williams notched 17 with four threes to lead the way for Grundy. Madison Burrows had 14 with two threes. Lacy Nunley had 13 with a three to follow. Teah Bosio scored six off two threes. Kelsey Harriman and Haylee Northcutt both hit three pointers. Keely Reese added two points.
LaVergne 48 – Grundy 39
Grundy couldn’t manage a third win in a row falling to Lady Wolverines on Saturday in the Mitch Wilson Classic in Cannon County. The Lady Jackets led early up 14-8 after the first quarter but were down 21-19 at the half. Grundy led 33-32 after three quarters but LaVergne posted a 16-6 final quarter to take the win.
Mikayla Williams led Grundy again with 17 including four threes. Madison Burrows followed with 10 with two threes. Teah Bosio scored six with a three. Lacy Nunley added four and Haylee Northcutt tossed in two.
Grundy 88 – South Pittsburg 50
Grundy was a scoring machine in this win producing their most points of the season in the home opener. They led 19-8 after one and 49-31 at the half. A 26-14 third quarter put the game out of reach as the Jackets rolled on to the 38 point win over the Pirates.
Trey Hampton topped the scoring with 25 including a three pointer. Boo Goins followed closely with 24 and he had a trey. Blane Harris notched nine points. Kollyn Cooper and Josh Nance added eight each. Coy Gibbs and Kenzie Hill scored six each. Corbin Lusk added two.
Cannon Co. 70 – Grundy 40
The Jackets just ended up outmatched in this one. They only managed 18 points in the first half, matched that in the third quarter and struggled with only four in the fourth.
Trey Hampton led in scoring with 21 including four three pointers. Josh Nance followed with six points. Boo Goins had five. Blane Harris tossed in four and Corbin Lusk added three.
DeKalb Co. 43 – Grundy 40
Grundy led 10-4 after one and 20-18 at the break against one of the traditionally best teams in the region. DeKalb took a four-point lead into the final quarter where the teams put on a defensive battle. In the end Grundy’s 7-6 final quarter came up three points short.
Trey Hampton led Grundy with 13 points. Blane Harris had 11 with three treys. Josh Nance tossed in 6. Boo Goins and Kenzie Hill had five points each and both hit threes.