Grundy’s basketball teams hit the courts hard to open the season with four games in five days playing Hall of Fame games at Tullahoma Thursday through Saturday and then hosting South Pittsburg Monday night in Ricky Richards Gym. Through Monday the Lady Jackets are 1-3 on the season and the men are 0-4.
Coach Julie Davis was happy to get the first win Monday night.
“It gives the girls some confidence. We have a big game tomorrow so that confidence is going to help. Everyone got to play and they were cheering on each other and that’s a big thing. They were playing for each other. That’s one of our big goals this year is playing for each other. I’m going to chalk the first three games up to early jitters. We didn’t hit the shots we should have and we didn’t play as hard as we should have. That was a lesson that we learned and a good one to learn early,” said Coach Davis.
On the men’s side head Coach Justin Bryant hasn’t been able to be with the team the first few games as he and wife Blair welcomed twin boys on Thursday. Jalen and Kellen were born a little early so all have been receiving extra care in the hospital and all are progressing well. Assistant coaches Nick Bryant and Derek Moon have been guiding the Jackets in Justin’s absence.
“We told them in the locker room we’re still meshing together. Three of the five starters are football players so they’re still getting football legs out from under them and getting their basketball legs. When that happens the shots start falling short and you get tired quicker. We have two starters on the bench that still aren’t able to play. We’re just learning to mesh again together like we were in summer.
We’re struggling offensively and that’s what Justin does. That’s what he’s great at. We’re the defensive guys. That puts a damper on us,” said Nick Bryant.
Grundy hosted Coffee County Tuesday. Friday they travel to Huntland for a 6:00 start. Monday through Wednesday the Lady Jackets will play in the Choctawhatchee Tournament in Ft. Walton, Florida. The Jacket men will play in the Whitwell Thanksgiving tournament November 26, 28 and 29. Get out and support Grundy basketball this week.
Coffee Co. 55 – Grundy 16
The Lady Jacket offense more than struggled in their opener scoring single digits in each quarter. The locals were a combined six of 39 from the field.
Peyton Eads led in scoring with six. Mallory Seals hit one three pointer. Teah Bosio, Hannah Phillips and Lacy Nunley scored two each. Madison Burrows added one point.
Franklin Co. 70 – Grundy 48
Franklin County used big second and fourth quarters to notch this win. Down 10-8 Grundy was outscored 21-12 in the second quarter and never recovered. Franklin bested them by four and seven in the final two quarters.
MiKayla Williams topped the Lady Jackets in scoring with 10 points including a three. Madison Burrows followed with nine. Teah Bosio tossed in five. Kelsey Arbuckle, Peyton Eads and Hannah Phillips scored four each.
Tullahoma 69 – Grundy 45
Another second quarter letdown was the biggest difference in this contest. Grundy trailed 18-14 after one and then gave up a 23-7 second quarter to down by 20 at the half. They played a tighter second half but couldn’t get back in the contest.
Peyton Eads topped the Grundy effort with 22 points. Hannah Phillips followed with six. Haylee Northcutt scored five. Kelsey Arbuckle had four. Madison Burrows and MiKayla Williams had three each. Katlin Anderson scored two.
Grundy 53 – South Pittsburg 17
The Lady Jackets notched their first win of the season over the outmatched Lady Pirates. After a modest start Grundy led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Jackets would outscore South Pittsburg by seven, 15 and seven in the final three quarters.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy with 11 points including a three. Kelsey Arbuckle followed with 10. Lacy Nunley scored nine with a three. Madison Burrows and Peyton Eads scored five each. Teah Bosio, Hannah Phillips and Haylee Northcutt had four each. Liz Morgan added one.
Coffee Co. 49 – Grundy 46
The Jackets battled close with the Raiders all night. Grundy led 8-4 after one quarter. Giving up a 17-6 second quarter put them in a hole at the half. They pulled within 32-29 at the end of the third but just couldn’t get over the hump in the final quarter.
Trey Hampton led Grundy with 11 points. Tanner Smartt followed with 10. Logan Meeks scored eight with a three. Trent and Trevor Hampton tossed in six each. Blane Harris added five with a three.
Franklin Co. 68 – Grundy 35
Again Grundy held an early lead up 10-9 after one but the Rebels turned up the heat after that. Franklin County outscored the Jackets by six, 16 and 15 in the final three quarters respectively.
Tanner Smartt led the way with 15. Trey Hampton had seven. Blane Harris and Trent Hampton had four points each with Harris hitting a three. Logan Meeks and Matthew Burrows scored two each.
Tullahoma 73 – Grundy 26
The Wildcats dominated from start to finish in Grundy’s final Hall of Fame game of the weekend. They outscored the Jackets by 10, seven, 15 and 12 in the four quarters to roll to a 47 point win.
Blane Harris and Trey Hampton led the Jackets with seven points each. Kevin Stewart followed with six. Trent Hampton scored four. Tanner Smartt had three and Logan Meeks scored two.
South Pittsburg 49 – Grundy 41
Monday night was a game of spurts with Grundy trailing 14-4 after one. They won the second quarter 17-15 go to the break with momentum. The teams traded three point margins in the second half with the Pirates taking the third quarter 8-5 and Grundy taking the final 15-12.
Trey Hampton had a big night with 19 points including three three-pointers. Tanner Smart scored eight. Logan Meeks had six. Trevor Hampton scored four. Blane Harris hit one three pointer. Trent Hampton hit one free throw.