With summertime temperatures outside, the Big 8 Conference started their basketball season with the earliest opening games ever. Three doubleheaders got the 2018 – 19 season started last Thursday night.
North Elementary, Palmer Elementary, and Tracy City Elementary swept both games of each of their respective doubleheaders to move to the top of the Big 8 standings after one game. The North Lady Warriors, the defending tournament and conference champions, picked up where they left off last year with a 63 – 3 win over Coalmont. The Swiss Memorial Wildcats, the defending tournament and conference champions on the boys’ side, were not as fortunate as they lost a 41 – 39 heartbreaker to their rivals, the Palmer Bulldogs. Pelham at St. Andrews – Sewanee was postponed.
North 63 Coalmont 3
The Lady Rebels were no match for the defending champions as the host Lady Warriors ran out to a 27 – 0 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Jalie Ruehling led the way for the victors with 30 points. Carlee Smartt added 10 points. In all, eight Lady Warriors recorded points during the contest. Allyson Dickerson had two points for Coalmont.
Palmer 49 Swiss Memorial 21
The Lady Bulldogs raced out to a 16 – 0 lead after one quarter and was never threatened. Macie Freeman led the Lady Bulldog attack with 18 points. Sophie Layne added
10 points. The Lady Wildcats were led by Peyton Meeks with nine markers.
Tracy City 28 Monteagle 14
This game started out very tight as the two teams battled to a 4 – 4 tie after one quarter. However, the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Hornets 22 -4 through the middle two quarters as they doubled their hosts 28 – 14. Abby Nunley led a balanced Lady Eagle attack with nine points. Kathryn Lusk and Kyla Colston had six points each to lead the Lady Hornets.
North 39 Coalmont 29
After falling behind their visitors from Coalmont 10 – 8 after one quarter, the Warriors used a 13 – 0 second quarter to overcome the Rebels and take the win 39 – 29. The pivotal second quarter proved to be the difference as the Rebels outscored the Warriors 19 – 18 in the second half. Jarod Huntley led the victors with 19 points. Xander Jackson scored 10 points for the Rebels.
Palmer 41 Swiss Memorial 39
This was the most highly contested game of last week as each quarter was tight throughout. After a tie score at the end of the first quarter at 4 – 4, the Bulldogs was able to outscore the Wildcats in quarters two and four to secure the victory over their rivals. Braden Hornbuckle led the way for the victorious Bulldogs with 17 points. Johnathan Nolan added 10 points. Dylan Sanders and Alex Cranfill led a balanced Wildcat attack with nine markers each.
Tracy City 41 Monteagle 33
This was an early season battle between two teams that have high expectations for the season. It was a hard fought game as both teams played their hearts out. The Eagles used a 17 – 6 lead after one quarter to make the host Hornets play catch up all night long. The Eagles were able to hold off the Hornets after being outscored in the middle two quarters by using a 16- 12 edge in the final stanza to secure the victory. Junior Crisp led the Eagles with 12 points, while Sam Parson added 10 points. Caden Rose scored 11 points and Jacob Church added 10 points for the Hornets.
The schedule for tonight (Thursday) was moved to this past Monday (Oct. 8) because of Parent – Teacher Conferences in Grundy County and had Pelham visiting Tracy City, Palmer visiting Coalmont, and North traveling to Swiss Memorial. The SAS at Monteagle game has been postponed until Monday, October 15. Those results will be published in next week’s edition of the Grundy County Herald.