Last week wasn’t good for either Grundy team as both dropped the two district games they played. The Lady Jackets are now in third place in the district and hope to hold on to that to host a first round district game. The Jacket men will have to battle in the tournament from the bottom spot.
Grundy’s girls are now 12-13 overall on the season and fell to 5-4 in district play. The Jacket men fell to 5-20 and 0-9 in the district.
Monday’s game at Huntland was canceled due to snow. Tuesday’s games at Chattanooga Christian had not been canceled as of press time but the teams have until the end of the week to make them up. The district tournament begins Monday with opening rounds at home sites. The finals of the tourney will be at Notre Dame. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
The Lady Jackets played a strong first half and led by 10 at the break. The steam came out of the offensive engine in the second half as Grundy was outscored 29-17 and fell by two points in the district matchup with the Lady Irish.
“We had some dry spots. At one point in the first half we had a 16-point lead and we kind of got away from what we were doing. That’s what ended up costing us. I warned them you can’t let a team hang around and we let them hang around and we got bit. We missed 12 layups. If we hit our layups we win by 22. We just couldn’t overcome it,” said Coach Jonathan Shedd.
Teah Bosio led Grundy with 11 points including a three pointer. Lacy Nunley followed with 10. Madison Burrows scored eight with a three. MiKayla Williams notched six points. Kylan Layne and Haylee Northcutt scored 4 points each. Kristin Weaver added three points.
Signal Mountain 67 – Grundy 55
“Signal’s in first and they’re a very tough ball club. Number 3 is an unbelievable basketball player. You have to take care of the ball. You have to be in tune to detail and we had 17 turnovers. It’s hard to beat a really good team like them when you turn it over 17 times. We had probably seven or eight missed layups. It’s really tough when you do that,” said Coach Shedd.
Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets again with 21 points on the night including two threes. MiKayla Williams followed with 13 hitting three treys. Madison Burrows scored eight with a three. Lacy Nunley notched five with a three. Kristin Weaver, Peyton Eads, Kylan Layne Pickett and Haylee Northcutt scored two points each.
Notre Dame 70 – Grundy 42
Grundy got shell shocked in the first half giving up a 17-0 first quarter to the Irish and ending up down 42-12 at the half. In the end the hole dug was just too deep.
“Their length and their athleticism caused us to rush the shots we normally hit. For some reason we couldn’t hit the shots. That was in the first half. The second half I felt we were more the aggressors and we took it to them. We actually outscored them by two points in the second half. So that was a win but in the end we can’t let their length and athleticism affect us like it did in that first half,” said Coach Jerry Brown.
Trey Hampton led the way for the Jackets with 13 points including three treys. Boo Goins followed with 10. Johnny Adkins had nine all of three pointers. Kollyn Cooper scored five with a three. Corbin Lusk and Cullen Anderson had two points each while Cody Eslinger had one.
Signal Mountain 71 – Grundy 61
The Jackets took an early lead 15-12 after one quarter but their scoring dried up in the second as they could only post six points to the Eagles 18. Down 53-35 Grundy attempted a fourth quarter rally but just couldn’t get over the hump.
“They are a very good team. They’re well coached but at the same time they’re young like us. They have more size we do but at the same time we have to learn how to negate people’s size and use that to their disadvantage instead of their advantage. We’re in the process of figuring it out. I think we’re coming close to figuring it out by using more speed on the floor, more shooters on the floor to make big players guard us more. I felt like we had a third quarter lull. We got into a rut and it started effecting our defense. We can’t let that happen. We can’t let the snowball effect happen,” said Coach Brown.
Trey Hampton led again with 22 with four three pointers. Blane Harris followed with 12 and hit two threes. Boo Goins dropped in 11 points. Kollyn Cooper scored nine off three pointers. Kenzie Hill scored five with a three. Josh Nance had 2 points.