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Grundy Hoops Struggle For Wins

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 9:12 am

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Both Grundy teams played three games over the last week and only one win was produced in the six contests. The Lady Jackets managed a district win over Chattanooga Christian but fell to Bledsoe at the end of the week.

Grundy’s girls are now 5-7 on the season and 1-1 in the district. The men fell to 1-10 and 0-2 in the district.

“Over our last three games we have been playing better basketball. We need to close out games and learn how to win. We lost two district games, but played good in both and look to build on those small victories. Tanner Smartt has been playing the best basketball he has ever played right now. We just now have everybody healthy, so we just have to start putting it together. We have three more, big district games coming up. We need to get one of those headed in to the Christmas break,” said Coach Justin Bryant.

Grundy traveled to Notre Dame on Tuesday for a district contest. Friday they host Sequatchie County at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday they host Signal Mountain at 5:30 p.m. Get out and support Grundy basketball this week.

Girls

Grundy 36 – CCS 33

The Lady Jackets opened the game with a 14-8 lead after one and improved that to 19-10 by halftime. Chattanooga Christian made a surge in the third quarter with a 10-4 effort. Grundy held them off for a big district win.

“This was by far our best game of the week. I was so proud of the way the girls played this game. We had moments where we went a little crazy and rushed when we really didn’t need to but they did what they had to do to win the game. Mikayla started us off by hitting a 3 pointer to begin the game which really got the girls pumped up and ready to play hard. Winning our first district game of the season was very important and especially a win on the road,” said Coach Julie Davis.

“Kelsey Arbuckle ended the game with 15 rebounds 10 of which were offensive boards that really helped us keep possession of the ball longer and gave us more chances to score. Christian hit some lucky threes at crucial times but our teamwork was able to overcome and win this game.”

MiKayla Williams led the Grundy winning effort with 15 points including a three. Madison Burrows followed with nine and she had a three. Hannah Phillips scored six. Kelsey Arbuckle tossed in four and Teah Bosio had two.

Coffee Co. 49 – Grundy 18

The Lady Jacket offense just didn’t show up in this one as they only managed five points by halftime. They trailed 27-5 at the half and couldn’t overcome the hole in the second half as they managed only 13 more points.

“We knew going in to this game that Coffee County would be out for blood after we had won the last game between us. I’m not sure what really happened with our team, it may have been that we weren’t ready mentally for the challenge or that the girls were too physically drained after the game Tuesday night but all and all we just didn’t come to play.

“We only hit one field goal and a few free throws the first half which meant we went into halftime with only five points. The second half wasn’t much better in that we only hit five field goals. With such a bad shooting night, there was no way we could pull this game out. In the fourth quarter, I pulled my starters in an effort to save them physically for our district game that we would play the next night. We just did not play well whatsoever,” said the coach.

Mallory Seals topped the Grundy scorers with five points. Kelsey Arbuckle had four. Hannah Phillips and Kelsey Harriman scored three each. MiKayla Williams added two points.

Bledsoe Co. 50 – Grundy 36

The Lady Jackets opened with a 13-9 lead over the Lady Warriors. Things fell apart in the second and third quarters as they were outscored 19-8 and 14-6 respectively. Grundy fell by 14 points for their first district loss.

“This was a very important game for us. It was also a game that we could have used to really gain some respect in our district. We started the game strong and showed that we definitely have potential to be a major contender in our district, but we just weren’t able to overcome our bad shooting percentage. We shot an overall 19% and with that type of percentage we won’t win many games.

“The girls did play hard and actually played the hardest the last few minutes of the game even though we were so far behind. We just have to play like that from start to finish. To improve we must work more on our individual shooting and make better decisions when it comes to shot selection,” added Coach Davis.

MiKayla Williams led in scoring with 18 including three treys. Madison Burrows scored seven. Kelsey Arbuckle scored six. Hannah Phillips had five.

Boys

CCS 49 – Grundy 42

The Jackets kept this one tight all the way but just couldn’t pull it out in Chattanooga last week. The teams were knotted at 9-9 after one. Chattanooga Christian took a four-point lead to the half. It was a 13-13 third quarter before CCS posted a 14-11 final period to take the seven point win.

Tanner Smartt led the Jackets with 18 points. Trey Hampton followed with nine including a three. Trevor Hampton scored six. Trent Hampton had five with a three. Blane Harris nailed a three. Boo Goins added one point.

Coffee Co. 61 – Grundy 48

Grundy opened with a 15-14 lead in Manchester but the Raiders responded with a 16-12 second quarter to take a 30-27 halftime lead. The Jackets tied things back up by the end of the third with a 12-9 effort. It all fell apart in the final quarter as Coffee outscored Grundy 21-10.

Tanner Smartt again led the way with 20 points. Trevor Hampton followed with eight. Trey Hampton scored six. Trent Hampton had five with a three. Boo Goins tossed in four. Terrince Bramhall scored three and Jacob Martin had two.

Bledsoe Co. 51 – Grundy 40

The Jackets got down by 10 after just one quarter and gave up six more before the half to go to the break, down 31-15. Down 42-25 after three they tried to stage a comeback but the 15-9 fourth quarter wasn’t enough to defeat the district foe.

Trevor Hampton led Grundy with 10 points. Trey Hampton followed with eight. Boo Goins and Tanner Smartt scored seven each. Terrince Bramhall notched four points. Blane Harris and Jacob Martin scored two each.