The Grundy County Yellow Jackets are starting the 2018 – 19 basketball season on a hot streak that is one of the best starts in Yellow Jacket history. The 7 – 0 start has been stirred by a deep bench and players that will run the floor, play hard, and love to shoot the basketball. The team chemistry and unselfishness has propelled the Jackets to five double digit victories and two nail biting games.
This past week the Jackets roared past Richard Hardy Memorial School, at home last Tues-day, 90 – 43, traveled to Whitwell last Thursday, and won 65 – 44, and ended the week with a hard fought 61 – 59 win over the Huntland Hornets, last Friday night.
Monday night, the team traveled to Cascade and will travel to Warren County tonight (Thursday). They will return home to begin a four game home stand with a District 7 – AA game against valley rival Marion County tomorrow night. Next Tuesday, they will play host to the defending district champion Jets of Cumberland County.
Jackets 90 Richard Hardy 43
The Jackets rode a 36 point second quarter en route to their 90 point explosion in front of the home crowd last Tuesday night. Staying with their winning formula, the Jackets hit a season high 13 three point shots and put 12 players in the scoring column. Senior wing Tyler Patrick and sophomore post Thaddaeus Blackburn scored 13 points each to lead the balanced attack. Senior Kenzie Hill and sophomore Jaden Ruehling scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Jackets 65 Whitwell 44
The Jackets kept sizzling as they hit the road last Thursday with the 65 – 44 victory over the Whitwell Tigers. Powered by 10 players hitting the scoring column and 10 treys the Jackets led by 31 points going to the fourth quarter. Jordan Hackworth and Patrick were in double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively. The Jackets were able to get to the free throw line and hit 16 – 22 on the evening.
Jackets 61 Huntland 59
The Jackets showed their ability to get to the free throw line when they weren’t having their best night behind the arc. Led by junior Nathan Coffelt (11 – 13) and senior Cullen Anderson (8 – 11) the Jackets were 25 – 36 from the charity stripe to propel the Jackets to their seventh win of the season in a physical game with the Hornets. Coffelt finished with 17 points, while An-derson added 14 points. Hill added 10 points.
Jackets November Report Card
The month of November has been one of the best ever for Yellow Jacket basketball with a 7 – 0 start. Along with the wins are some very important statis-tics that have given the Jackets an edge in every game.
The Jackets have six players averaging more than six points a game. Anderson leads the way with a 11.3 ppg average, followed by Coffelt’s 10.3 ppg average. Hill is averaging 9.0 ppg, while Hackworth (8.4), Patrick (8.3), and Blackburn (6.4) round out the top six scorers.
The Jackets have hit 67 three pointers on the season. All 13 players have connected on at least one three pointer and they are led by Hackworth’s 12. Patrick and Hill have 11 each.
The Jackets are averag-ing 69.7 ppg, while limiting their opponents to 51.1 ppg.