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Grundy Hoopsters Sweep SCHS in District 7AA Openers

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10:08 am

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Jody Hargis
The Grundy County Lady Yellow Jackets and Yellow Jackets won their District 7 AA openers last Friday night on the road in Dunlap, against arch rival Sequatchie County. On Thursday night of last week, the teams split with Cascade High School. The Lady Jackets made it a clean sweep on the season with a victory over the Lady Champions. The Champions got a measure of revenge with a win over the Jackets. On Monday night, the teams dropped a doubleheader at home against Coffee County.
The Lady Jackets defeated the Cascade Lady Champions 58 – 38 in Wartrace, last Thursday night. On Friday night, the Lady Jackets won a big district road game as they were opportunistic at the charity stripe to outlast the Lady Indians 63 – 49. Monday night, the Lady Jackets had no answer for the length and height of the Lady Red Raiders of Coffee County in a 66 – 31 loss.
The Jackets lost to the Cascade Champions last Thursday night 67 – 49. On Friday night, just as the Lady Jackets were able to accomplish their feat, the Jackets followed suit with a 47 – 43 victory over the Indians. On Monday night, the Jackets were over-powered by the Coffee County Red Raiders 70 – 35.
The Lady Jackets are now 5 – 3 on the season and, more importantly, 1 – 0 in District 7 AA. The Jackets are 3 – 4 on the season, however they are also an all-important 1 – 0 in district play. The teams return to the hardwood tomorrow night (Friday) with a trip to Pikeville, and contests with the Bledsoe County Lady Warriors and Warriors. The girls’ game will tip it off at 6 p.m. On Tuesday of next week, the teams travel to Jasper for their third consecutive District 7 AA road doubleheader. They will face the Marion County Lady Warriors and Warriors. Once again, the girls’ game will tip off at 6 p.m.
Lady Jackets 58 Cascade 38
The Lady Jackets won the second game against the Lady Champions that they have played on the young season. Lights out free throw shooting helped the Lady Jackets pull away for the 20 point victory.
The team was 17 – 19 from the line and placed 10 players in the scoring column. Abby Childers led the way with 14 points. Senior post Kiera Hobbs had her best offensive game of the season with 12 points. Jordan McCullough added 10 markers.
Lady Jackets 63 Sequatchie County 49
In a rivalry game it’s usually called pretty tight. The Lady Jackets and Lady Indians were perfect illus-trations of that. The Lady Indians were whistled for 34 fouls and the Lady Jackets for 28 fouls. Some-times teams force that type of action and the officials did a good job of not let-ting it get too physical.
The Lady Jackets were 34 – 50 from the line to help them hold off the smaller, quicker Lady In-dians. They used their size on the inside and pounded the ball into the paint and got to the charity stripe to pull out the win.
Senior wing Ragan Meeks scored 17 points which included 10 of 16 from the line, 7 of 10 in the final stanza. McCullough added 14 points. McKenzie Broadway was a force on the block and added 10 points.
Coffee County 66 Lady Jackets 31
The Lady Red Raiders used their length, height, and quickness to put this game away early. A 17 – 1 run to start the game put the Lady Jackets in a tough position. Nevertheless, the Lady Jackets fought hard the whole game, which will serve them well down the line. Senior Peyton Mainord led the Lady Jackets with 13 points.
Cascade 67 Jackets 49
The Champions got a measure of revenge with a tough 1 – 3 -1 zone defense and an efficient offense to slowly pull away from the Jackets. The Jackets wanted to play up tempo and their hosts were able to deny their style and got to the free throw line continually to distance themselves from the Jackets. Jaden Ruehling led the Jackets with 15 points and Jordan Hackworth added 11 points.
Jackets 47 Sequatchie County 43
The never trailed after jumping to a quick 6 – 0 lead. The inside presence of junior post Thaddaeus Blackburn was the difference. Blackburn led the way with 18 points as the Jackets handled the slower pace a lot better against the Indians than they did against Cascade.
They took care of the basketball and got it inside to their big guy and held off the Indians. The Jackets used a zone defense to help with the victory. Nathan Coffelt added 10 points to help the Jackets go 1 – 0 in district play.
Coffee County 70 Jackets 35
The Jackets jumped out to an 18 – 13 lead after one quarter, but the last three quarters belonged to the Red Raiders. They overpowered the Jackets who went ice cold from the field and raced past their hosts for the victory. Ruehling led the way for the Jackets with 10 points.
Lady Jacket Box Scores
GC 13, 14, 12, 19 – 58
CHS 5, 14, 9, 10 – 38
GC – Abby Childers 14; Kiera Hobbs 12; Jordan McCullough 10; Stiefel 6; Mainord 5; Broadway
4; Seagroves 3; Meeks 2; Layne 2.
CHS – McKenna Lamb 12; Ray 8; Stone 5; Crosslin 5; Green 4; Jones 4; McKamey 1; Luttrell.
3 pt. Goals: GC (2) Mainord, Seagroves. CHS (3) Lamb 2, Crosslin.
FTs: GC 17 – 19 CHS 15 – 25
GC 15, 15, 4, 29 – 63
SC 9, 7, 12, 21 – 49
GC – Ragan Meeks 17; Jordan McCullough 14; McKenzie Broadway 11; Childers 8; Mainord 6;
Stiefel 3; Hobbs 3; Layne 1; Seagroves.
SC – Ella Edgmon 12; Barger 9; A. Edgmon 9; Condra 8; D. Belk 6; Smith 3; Mitchell 2; Bizzell; R. Belk.
3 pt. Goals: GC (1) Meeks. SC (4) Barger 2, Condra 2.
FTs: GC 34 – 50 SC 17 – 29
CC 25, 10, 21, 10 – 70
GC 6, 9, 5, 11 – 35
CC – Bella Vinson 14; Ellie Graham 12; Jenna Garretson 10; Chumley 8; Ruehling 7; Perry 6;
Gannon 6; Ferrell 3; Brown; Holt; Jones; Fults; Reel; Hillis.
GC – Peyton Mainord 13; Stiefel 7; Hobbs 7; Broadway 2; Meeks 2; Seagroves; Woodlee; Layne; McCullough.
3 pt. Goals CC (10) Vinson 4, Perry 2, Graham 2, Garretson, Ruehling. GC (3) Mainord
2, Stiefel.
FTs: CC 6 – 8 GC 2 – 5
Jackets Box Scores
GC 14, 8, 13, 14 – 49
CHS 20, 12, 13, 22 – 67
GC – Jaden Ruehling 15; Jordan Hackworth 11; Nathan Coffelt 10; Tipton 5; Blackburn 4; Conry
2; Nance 2; Jackson; Melton.
CHS – Justus Carter 17; Brandon Heath 13; Clanton 9; Swan 8; Lane 7; Brown 6; Countess 5; Batts 2; Ma-son.
3 pt. Goals: GC (3) Ruehling 3. CHS (2) Heath, Lane.
FTs: GC 12 – 23 CHS 29 -44
GC 18, 9, 10, 10 – 47
SC 12, 11, 4, 16 – 43
GC – Thaddaeus Black-burn 18; Nathan Coffelt 10; Nance 5; Conry 4; Ruehling 4; Jackson 3;
Tipton 3; Melton; Campbell.
SC – Tyler Boston 12; Michael Cooper 11; Lynn 6; N. Smith 5; Mitchell 4; Bradford 3; J. Smith 2.
3 pt. Goals: GC (2) Jackson, Coffelt. SC (3) Bradford, N. Smith, Bos-ton.
FTs: GC 13 – 21 SC 16 – 20
CC 13, 22, 22, 13 – 70
GC 18, 7, 5, 5 – 35
CC – Kyle Farless 25; Roderic Brinkley 12; Jay-lon Wooten 10; Anthony 9; Anderson 7;
Shemwell 3; Taylor 3; Hullett 2; J. Vaughn; B. Vaughn; Ward; Scrivner.
GC – Jaden Ruehling 10; Coffelt 8; Blackburn 8; Nance 4; Tipton 3; Camp-bell 2; Jackson; Conry; Melton; Everett; McElroy; Sanspree.
3 pt. Goals: CC (7) Far-less 4, Anthony, Shemwell, Taylor. GC (3) Ruehling, Tipton, Coffelt.
FTs: CC 5 – 8 GC 8 – 13