Both Jacket teams got big wins over Coffee County November 18th on the mountain and both had to come from behind to do it. The teams fell Friday at Huntland before heading into this week’s Thanksgiving tournaments.
The Lady Jackets moved to 2-4 on the season and the men improved to 1-5.
Coaches Nick Bryant and Derek Moon continued to lead the Yellow Jackets while head Coach Justin Bryant attends to his recently expanded family with new twin sons Jalen and Kellen.
“I want to thank my assistant coaches Derek Moon, Kevin Butner and my brother Nick. They’ve done so much for me this last week. Also thanks to the players, parents and friends for their calls, texts and especially the prayers. It’s been a stressful time but my family is so blessed with these boys.
Mr. (Jamie) Ruehling text me after we beat Coffee County and the first thing I did was go and tell the boys that we won,” said Coach Bryant.
Ever strong in his faith Justin added one more note of praise, “Also I want to give God the glory!”
Grundy’s girls have battled adversity early this season without Peyton Eads in some games who is nursing an injury. She’s in a game by game status.
The Lady Jackets spent the first part of the week in Ft. Walton, Florida playing in the Choctawhatchee Tournament. The Jackets began play Wednesday in the Whitwell Thanksgiving tournament and play through Saturday. Tuesday the teams play their first district games at Chattanooga Christian beginning at 5:30. Get out and support Grundy basketball this week.
Grundy 43 – Coffee Co. 39
The Lady Jackets led throughout the first half topping Coffee 14-12 after one and 26-23 at the half. They came out of the locker room cold to start the second half and couldn’t score in the third quarter. After a 7-0 effort by the Raiderettes, Grundy trailed 30-26. The locals got their offensive motor restarted and posted a 17-9 fourth quarter to take the win.
“One of our goals for tonight was to redeem ourselves from the loss to them a few days ago. So they did. They went out and they played hard and played together. That was the biggest thing. The third quarter we didn’t score anything and everything was going dry on our shots. But they didn’t get down and they came back in the fourth quarter and got the job done. It really bothered the girls and that’s one thing I haven’t seen in a while is losing bothering them. For it to bother them to the point that they want to get back and work at it is a real big improvement for our team,” said Coach Julie Davis.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy’s winning effort with 17 points including three threes. Madison Burrows scored 12 with two threes. Hannah Phillips tossed in eight. Kelsey Arbuckle had four and Haylee Northcutt two.
Huntland 47 – Grundy 42
Grundy led by two after one only to give it back by halftime. They went on top 35-31 after three but let the game get away from them giving up a 16-7 fourth quarter.
“Losing a game that you should have won is always hard, especially when you can pin point the little things that weren’t executed right. Playing without Peyton, our second leading scorer and inside girl, was a challenge for us because of Huntland’s size. But Good teams are able to make adjustments and I think we did that. But in the end breakdowns cost us the game.
“Overall I was proud of the team’s hustle and hard work. Every girl that saw floor time during this game worked hard. However, we just made too many mistakes to win the game. We missed several easy shots that we needed and made turnovers at crucial times, but I feel like our most critical mistake was that we did not box out. We have to do a better job on these little things to win close games,” said Coach Davis.
MiKayla Williams led Grundy with 12 with three from three point land. Madison Burrows followed with nine. Hannah Phillips scored seven. Kelsey Arbuckle had six. Mallory Seals scored four. Teah Bosio and Haylee Northcutt scored two each.
Grundy 40 – Coffee Co. 38
The Jacket men got in the win column with an exciting win over the Raiders November 18. The teams tied 11-11 after one quarter and then Coffee County gained the advantage besting Grundy by four in the second quarter and seven in the third. A 13-4 fourth quarter surge by the Jackets gave them the come from behind first win of the season.
“That’s a huge win. Coach Moon already took a picture and sent it to Justin so he knows we got the “W” for him. We were down 12 points in the second half and the kids fought back and played hard. We talked about it the other night to come together as a team. It was a good job by our kids to put some pressure on them and make some unforced turnovers. I’m proud of the way they played,” said assistant Coach Nick Bryant.
Trey Hampton topped the Jackets with 20 points including two threes. Trevor Hampton followed with 10. Tanner Smartt tossed in five. Logan Meeks scored four and Trent Hampton had two.
Huntland 64 – Grundy 52
The Jackets couldn’t pull of back to back wins and fell at Huntland Friday night. They led 11-9 after the first quarter but gave up a 20-10 second period. The teams tied 15-15 in the third and Grundy chipped away at the lead in the final quarter but couldn’t get over the top.
“We played well and a very good game. It was fun and exciting. We were only down one point with a little under three minutes to play but just couldn’t tie or go ahead. Huntland hit the shots they had to in the final minutes and hit their free throws. It was a great effort by our team and a good performance,” said Bryant.
Trey Hampton led the Jackets with 15 points including a three. Tanner Smartt followed with 14. Trevor Hampton scored seven. Trent Hampton had six. Logan Meeks tossed in five. Blane Harris added three points and Boo Goins added two.