Grundy’s boys and girls notched rivalry wins over Marion County February 3, on senior night at GCHS. Last Thursday they both fell at Moore County. The girls now hold an 11-18 overall record and finished 2-8 in district play. The men are 6-22 and also fished 2-8 in the district.
The Grundy men played their play-in game Monday at Signal Mountain. The Lady Jackets traveled to Bledsoe County Tuesday for their play-in contest.
Grundy 60 – Marion Co. 37
For the second time in a week and a half the Lady Jackets dominated the Lady Warriors for a senior night win in Coalmont. Grundy inched away all night leading by six after one, eight at the half and 16 going into the final quarter. Lone senior Kelsey Arbuckle had one of her best games ever to lead the way for the Lady Jackets.
“They played really well. The only negative I can say is we’re still not doing a very good job of boxing out. Other than that they played as a team and they played together. It was a good win,” said Coach Julie Davis.
Kelsey Arbuckle led the Lady Jackets with 21 points including a three. MiKayla Williams followed with 19 with three treys. Teah Bosio scored 12 with three threes. Madison Burrows had four. Hannah Phillips and Lacy Nunley scored two each.
Moore Co. 69 – Grundy 48
The Lady Jackets led by one after one but saw the game slip away as they were outscored 22-15, 16-14 and 21-8 in the final three periods.
“We started the game strong but after the first quarter we went away from what worked. We didn’t play well at all in the fourth quarter and were outscored 21-8. Our defense looked the worst it had all year. We allowed them to drive time after time and could not stop them. Before the game we discussed who their shooters were and we left them open and gave up eight threes between the two of them,” said Coach Davis.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy with 12 points including three treys. Madison Burrows followed with 11 including a three. Kelsey Arbuckle had seven. Peyton Eads scored six. Hannah Phillips notched five. Teah Bosio hit a three pointer. Kelsey Harriman and Lacy Nunley scored two each.
Grundy 43 – Marion Co. 32
The Warriors came to the mountain last week with the intent of slowing things down and succeeded throughout the first half. The teams went to the break tied 16-16. The offense didn’t pick up much in the second half but Grundy was able to outscore Marion by five in the third and six in the fourth to take the senior night win. It was the final home game for seniors Terrince Bramhall, Tanner Smart, Kevin Stewart and Trevor Hampton.
“We struggled the first half offensively but we were kind of playing down to their style. They were completely slowing us down. We made some adjustments at half and came out and played a good second half. I’m proud of the way the guys played. That’s two in a row and hopefully we can win Thursday and continue it on into the tournament. I’d like to say thank you to the seniors. Those guys are extra special to me. They’ve been with me all four years and they’ve played exceptionally hard. They’re top notch kids in the classroom as well as on the floor. That’s what we pride ourselves in and I appreciate them. It’s a big win. Anytime you beat Marion County it’s huge,” said Coach Justin Bryant.
Terrince Bramhall topped the Jackets with 15 points. Tanner Smartt followed with seven.
Jacob Martin, Boo Goins and Trey Hampton scored six each with Hampton getting his off threes. Trevor Hampton added four.
Moore Co. 66 – Grundy 52
Grundy got down by seven after one but prevented Moore from building on that before halftime. Leading 33-26 the hosts held off the Jackets in the second half to take the win.
“We played a good game in a very good basketball atmosphere. We fell behind in the third quarter because of too many turnovers and couldn’t recover from that. I feel like we’ve closed the season out playing pretty good ball. We have improved in every area of the game. We are looking forward to tournament play now. Tournament time is what is fun about basketball. Anything can happen and we are looking forward to it,” said Bryant.
Trey Hampton led Grundy with 18 including four three point shots. Tanner Smartt followed with 12. Terrince Bramhall was also in double digits with 10 points. Boo Goins tossed in five. Trevor Hampton added four and Jacob Martin had three.