The Grundy hoopsters didn’t fare well in their last two games at home last week. Both teams fell to Huntland and Franklin County with Friday’s game against the Rebels being the last they would play until Monday when they begin play in the South Pittsburg Christmas tournament. That event runs Monday through Wednesday with games being played during the day.
The Lady Jackets fell to 4-8 overall and remain 1-1 in district play. The men are now 2-10 and 0-2 in the district.
Grundy plays in the South Pittsburg Christmas tournament Monday through Wednesday. The Lady Jackets will open action at noon on Monday against North Sand Mountain. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
After leading 15-11 at the end of the first quarter the Lady Jackets had their worst quarter of the season giving up a 29-3 second quarter to Huntland. Down 40-18 at the half Grundy could never recover against the Lady Hornets.
“We had a stretch where we take care of different things early in the year, we get in foul trouble, we sub and we maintain. We got in foul trouble tonight in the same situation, I’m thinking we’re good and 29-3. There’s not much you can do except put your starters back in and let them pick up more fouls and then you don’t have them the second half. You’re danged if you do and danged if you don’t. It was one of those nights,” said Coach Jonathan Shedd.
MiKayla Williams led the Lady Jackets with 13 points nailing four three pointers. Lacy Nunley followed with 11 hitting a three. Kristin Weaver and Madison Burrows scored four points each. Kelsey Harriman hit a three pointer. Kylan Layne Pickett and Teah Bosio scored two points each.
Franklin Co. 63 – Grundy 46
The Lady Jackets couldn’t get past the class AAA Lady Rebels Thursday on the mountain. Franklin County set the tone with a 22-14 first quarter and pushed the lead to 42-27 at the break. Grundy played stronger defense in the second half but couldn’t overcome the deficit.
“They play a style we’re not going to see any other time. They want a lot of pressure, a lot of aggravation. For the most part I think we handled it pretty well tonight. We had a stretch at the end of the second quarter. If we would just finish.
“At the end of the second quarter I think they hit 10 points in a row and we never could get back. Other than that I think the game was about even. We didn’t make some very smart decisions at times. We didn’t execute very well at times. When you’re playing a good team little things like that will come back and bite you. Tonight it came back and got us,” said Coach Shedd.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy with 13 points including a three. Lacy Nunley and Teah Bosio followed with 12 points each. Madison Burrows scored seven with a three. Kristin Weaver scored three points. Haylee Northcutt added two.
The Jackets got behind the Hornets 27-15 early and battled back all night long but could get no closer than four points. Grundy was in striking distance going into the fourth down 59-55 but Huntland’s defense held them to just eight points the rest of the way.
“After tonight they’re 10-1 with their only loss being to Coffee County. That is a very solid class A ball club. They have a chance to go to the state tournament. They are that good. Their post player killed us on rebounds. They have a good ball club and they did exactly what I thought they would do. I thought they would try to pound us on the offensive glass and they did that tonight.
“That being said, my kids came back from a large deficit to a four-point game. I’m extremely proud of them for keeping up the fighting and keep believing. It was just unfortunate we couldn’t get over the hump to take the lead. They played their hearts out tonight,” said Coach Jerry Brown.
Kollyn Cooper was red hot to lead the Jackets with 24 points hitting six three pointers in his total. Trey Hampton followed with 19 hitting two threes as well. Blane Harris scored nine. Boo Goins notched seven. Josh Nance and Corbin Lusk
Franklin Co. 57 – Grundy 50
The Jackets took an early 14-12 lead and only trailed 27-22 at the half. A third quarter letdown was their demise as they gave up a 19-6 quarter to the Rebels. Grundy cut 11 of the 18-point deficit with a 22-11 final quarter but it just wasn’t enough.
“We fought but once again our nemesis happened again in the third quarter. We came out and for some reason we couldn’t score and we only had six points in the third quarter. My kids played extremely hard but I wish the intensity that was in the fourth quarter was there for the whole game. Maybe it could have been a different outcome. They showed resilience
Trey Hampton led Grundy with 14 points including two threes. Kollyn Cooper followed with 13. Boo Goins tossed in 10. Blane Harris scored five with a three pointer. Josh Nance and Corbin Lusk scored four points each.