With the arrival of 2019 winter sports are heading in two different directions in Grundy County. The Grundy County Yellow Jackets and Lady Yellow Jackets enter what most people call the second of three seasons in basketball circles with five District 7 AA games of their remaining 10 games. Meanwhile, the Big 8 regular season play comes to a close tonight (Thursday) and the Big 8 tournament is set to begin play Saturday.
The Jackets and Lady Jackets played at Sequatchie County on Tuesday night to open post-holiday play. Tonight, the teams play host to Warren County with the girls’ game beginning at 6 p.m. Tomorrow night, they each play host to Van Buren County with the girls’ game once again beginning at 6 p.m. Next Tuesday night, the teams travel to Jasper for a rematch with Marion County. The girls’ will tip off at 6 p.m.
The Jackets are 11 – 3 with a 2 – 1 record in District 7 AA. The Lady Jackets are 2 – 9 overall and 1 – 2 in district play.
In Big 8 action, tonight’s games include Swiss Memorial at Tracy City; Coalmont at Monteagle; North at Pelham; and SAS at Palmer.
The only seeds that are already decided are the number one seeds in both the girls’ and boys’ division. The Lady Warriors of North Elementary and the Eagles of Tracy City Elementary have secured those seeds. The Lady Rebels of Coalmont Elementary are the eighth seed. SAS has the inside edge for second place with their season sweep of North. Both teams are 9 – 3 in the boys’ division. In the girls’ division, the Palmer Lady Bulldogs hold a similar edge over the Lady Tigers of Pelham with their season sweep. Both of these teams are also 9 -3.
The last two Big 8 games can change the seeds in each division according to who wins these games. With the tentative start to be Saturday night, the bracket and any games that may be played on Saturday will be in next week’s edition of the Grundy County Herald.
Big 8 action
The North Warriors upset the Tracy City Eagles Monday night 39 – 34 to headline Big 8 action. In other action on the boys’ side, SAS raced past Coalmont 52 – 27 to keep pace with the Warriors for second place. Swiss Memorial defeated Pelham 52 – 48 and Monteagle defeated Palmer 51 – 31.
On the girls’ side of things, the North Lady Warriors continue to breeze through the league as they defeated Tracy City 70 – 16. Palmer and Pelham kept pace with wins over Monteagle and Swiss Memorial, consecutively. Palmer defeated Monteagle 36 – 18. Pelham defeated Swiss Memorial 38 – 27. SAS defeated Coalmont 45 – 13.
SAS 45 CES 13
The Lady Mountain Lions raced out to a 20 – 2 lead after one quarter and coasted to a 45 – 13 victory over the Lady Rebels. The Lady Mountain Lions will be fourth seeded in the Big 8 tournament, while the Lady Rebels will be eighth seeded. Madison King led SAS with 20 points. Danna Sanders scored six points for Coalmont.
Palmer 36 MES 18
The Lady Bulldogs surged to a 26 – 5 lead at the half and then eased their way to a 36 -18 win. The Lady Bulldogs must win tonight (Thursday) or Pelham has to lose to secure second seed in the tournament. Maci Freeman scored 15 points to lead Palmer, while Sophie Layne added 10 points. Kathryn Lusk scored seven points for Monteagle.
NES 70 TCE 16
The Lady Warriors, as they have done most of the year, roared out to a big lead at the half at 47 – 7 and never looked back. Jalie Ruehling led the Lady Warriors with 31 points. Carlee Smartt added 15 points and Wrylee McDaniel scored 11 points to help the cause. Abby Nunley led the Lady Eagles with eight points.
Pelham 38 SMES 27
The Pelham Lady Tigers kept pace with Palmer with the 38 – 27 win over the Lady Wildcats. A win tonight (Thursday) and a Lady Bulldog loss will give the Lady Tigers the second seed. Kati Beth Davidson led the Lady Tigers with 10 points. Peyton Meeks led the Lady Wildcats with eight points.
SAS 52 CES 27
The Mountain Lions used their swarming defense to force the Rebels into several turnovers on their way to the 52 – 27 victory. If they defeat Palmer tonight (Thursday) they will secure the second seed in the tournament. Kyler Cantrell led the way with 23 points. Jathan Yokley led the Rebels with 12 points.
MES 51 Palmer 31
The Hornets used a 30 – 15 first half to lead them to the 51 – 31 victory over the Bulldogs. Jacob Church led the way with 23 points. Bailey Totherow scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs.
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The Warriors used a strong defensive effort to jump out to a 19 – 9 lead at the half to help them pull the upset over the previously undefeated Eagles. Jarod Huntley led the victors with 18 points, while Isaac Campbell added 10 points. Jr. Crisp scored 14 points and Sam Parson added 10 points for the Eagles.
SMES 52 Pelham 48
The Swiss Memorial Wildcats held off a late charge from the Pelham Tigers to win 52 –
48 and give them a chance to get the sixth seed. Alex Cranfill scored 13 points and Dylan Sanders scored 10 points to lead the way. Reagan Hershmen scored a game high 20 points to lead the Tigers.