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Jackets let district lead slip away; Lady Jackets drop 3

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 10:53 am

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Jody Hargis
Last week the Grundy County basketball teams hit the road for three games including two District 7 AA contests. The Jackets had a great week slip to a good week when they couldn’t hold a lead at Cumberland County and lost 66 – 60. The first two games of the week saw the Jackets coast by Marion County 89 – 50 and hold off Van Buren County 80 – 77. The Lady Jackets lost two heartbreakers to Marion County 49 – 43 and Van Buren County 46 – 41 and then dropped a 61 – 40 decision to Cumberland County.
The Jackets overall record now stands at 9 – 7, while they are 5 – 1 in District 7 AA. The Lady Jackets saw their overall record dip to 6 – 9, while they are 2 – 4 in district play.
The teams entertained Richard Hardy on Tuesday night, and play host to Franklin County on Saturday night. The teams play another home game Tuesday night, against Bledsoe County. The girls’ games will all tip off at 6 p.m. The teams are idle tomorrow night (Friday).
MCHS 49 Lady Jackets 43
The Lady Jackets had no answer for Lady Warrior Lorence Bradford (29 points) as she helped her team hold off the Lady Jackets to take the season sweep. Jordan McCullough led the Lady Jackets with 10 points. The Lady Jackets connected on three shots from behind the arc. Emma Seagroves nailed to treys, while Abby Childers connected on the other three point shot. The Lady Jackets were a dismal 6 – 13 from the charity stripe.
VBCHS 46 Lady Jackets 41
The Lady Jackets led for most of the game until the last four and half minutes of the game. The Lady Jackets were clinging to a 40 – 36 lead with 4:41 remaining when the Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Jackets 10 – 1 the rest of the way to secure the victory. The Lady Jackets weren’t able to handle the Lady Eagle defensive pressure and made numerous unforced turnovers that kept their hosts in the game. Ragan Meeks led the way with nine points for the Lady Jackets all on three point shots. Molly Layne made a shot behind the arc as well. The Lady Jackets only got to the free throw line eight times and connected on three freebies.
CCHS 61 Lady Jackets 40
The Lady Jets have dominated District 7 AA since joining the valley teams and it’s easy to see why. They use an aggressive full court pressure defense to force turnover after turnover. If they aren’t turning you over, they force hurried shots to get you to play at a fast speed that they like to play. Friday night was evident of that, mostly in a 30 point second quarter. The Lady Jackets missed several opportunities for easy baskets, but the fast pace of play forced many missed layups and easy jumpers by the Lady Jackets. The second quarter proved to be the difference as the Lady Jackets were outscored by the final margin (30 – 9). Jordan McCullough led the Lady Jackets with 11 points. MaKayla Kirby connected on the Lady Jackets lone three point make.
Jackets 89 MCHS 50
The margin wasn’t quite as large, but the results were practically the same. The Jackets blew by their district rivals 89 – 50. After scoring 58 points in the opening half at GCHS against the Warriors, the Jackets put 61 points on the board at Marion County. The Jackets placed four players in double figures led Jaden Ruehling with 16 points. Eli Tipton, Jordan Hackworth, and Nathan Coffelt each scored 10 points as 13 of the 15 Jackets that saw action scored. The Jackets connected on 10 three point shots. Tipton, Hackworth, and Zac Campbell each hit two treys, while Ruehling, Brett Everett, Nathan Coffelt, and Drew Melton hit one each. The Jackets were 17 – 22 from the line.
Jackets 80 VBCHS 77
The Jackets raced out to a 33 – 22 lead after one quarter behind some up tempo defense and some long range bombing from three point range. The Jackets never could put the Eagles away and were able to hold off their hosts for the 80 – 77 victory. Five Jacket cagers hit in double figures. Jaden Ruehling led the way with 25 points. Chris Nance followed with 14 and Thaddaeus Blackburn added 13 points. Eli Tipton and Jordan Hackworth garnered 10 markers each to help in the win. The Jackets buried 11 shots from behind the arc with Ruehling hitting three times from downtown. Tipton, Nance, and Hackworth all hit two treys, while Blackburn and Will Jackson hit once behind the three point line. The Jackets were 20 – 28 from the free throw line.
CCHS 66 Jackets 60
The Jackets traveled to Crossville last Friday night with first place in District 7 AA on the line. The Jackets struggled for the first quarter and a half before they settled down and chipped away at a 13 point Jet lead. The Jackets used a late third quarter and early fourth quarter 11 – 0 run to take their first lead since early in the game at 48 – 46 on an Eli Tipton three point bomb. The Jackets stretched the lead to 53 – 49 and had the ball with a little over three minutes remaining, but turned the ball over and the Jets chipped away until they crawled within 58 – 57. Two free throws by Jordan Hackworth extended the Jacket lead to 60 – 57 with :42.3 left. The Jets pulled within one point at 60 – 59 with :20 left. This is when things became confusing. After the Jets’ timeout, the Jackets inbounded the ball and was trapped in the corner and called a timeout. The official scorebook (home team) had the Jackets with no timeouts left. Coach Kevin Butner disagreed, but the decision stood. The Jackets threw the ball inbounds and a timeout was inadvertently signaled when the Jets went to trap the ball. A technical foul was called and the Jets’ Adam Floyd sank both free throws to give the hosts a 61 – 60 lead with :17.8 left. The Jackets had to foul and Mason Wyatt hit one of two free throws with :16.2 left. Jaden Ruehling was fouled on the rebound of Wyatt’s missed second shot. Ruehling missed the first at :14.6 with the Jackets trailing 62 – 60. After a Jet timeout, Ruehling missed the second free throw intentionally, but the Jackets couldn’t get the rebound and the Jets made four more free throws for the final score of 66 – 60. Nathan Coffelt finished with 16 points and probably as many rebounds in a tremendous effort on both ends. Hackworth added 14 points, while Ruehling and Thaddaeus Blackburn scored 10 points each. Hackworth connected on three of the Jackets seven shots from behind the arc. Ruehling hit two shots, while Blackburn and Tipton each hit one from behind the three point line. The Jackets were 16 – 26 from the line.
Lady Jacket Box Scores
GC 4, 11, 9, 19 – 43
MC 8, 11, 11, 19 – 49
GC – Jordan McCullough 10; Hobbs 8; Childers 7; Seagroves 6; Broadway 5; Meeks 5; Layne 2;
Mainord; Stiefel.
MC – Lorence Bradford 29; Muir 8; Gregory 6; Tate 4; Jordan 1; Holder 1; Lawson; Ford.
3 pt. Goals: GC (3) Seagroves 2, Childers; MC (7) Bradford 5, Gregory 2.
FTs: GC 6 – 13; MC 13 – 21.
GC 10, 12, 10, 9 – 41
VB 12, 7, 15, 12 – 46
GC – Ragan Meeks 9; Childers 7; Hobbs 7; McCullough 6; Mainord 4; Broadway 3; Layne 3;
Stiefel 2; Seagroves.
VB – Layla Bouldin 15; E. Scroggins 7; Allen 5; Hillis 5; Young 4; McCurry 4; Baker 3; Rigsby 2; R. Scroggins 1.
3 pt. Goals: GC (4) Meeks 3, Layne; VB (2) E. Scroggins, Bouldin.
GC 10, 9, 7, 14 – 40
CC 11, 30, 14, 6 – 61
GC – Jordan McCullough 11; Broadway 9; Hobbs 6; Childers 3; M. Kirby 3; Seagroves 2;
Mainord 2; Stiefel 2; K. Kirby; Layne; Meeks; Woodlee; Smartt; Parvin; McDaniel.
CC – Abby Houston 18; Emery Baragna 17; J. Smith 9; S. Smith 6; Brewer 5; Buffkin 2; Baldwin
2; Wooll 2; Brannon; Swallows; Anderson; Magdaleno.
3 pt. Goals: GC (1) M. Kirby; CC (8) Houston 4, Baragna 2, J. Smith, Brewer.
Jacket Box Scores
GC 31, 30, 15, 13 – 89
MC 15, 12, 12, 11 – 50
GC – Jaden Ruehling 16; Eli Tipton 10; Jordan Hackworth 10; Nathan Coffelt 10; Blackburn 8;
Melton 7; Campbell 6; McElroy 6; Conry 5; C. Nance 4; Everett 3; J. Nance 2; Misiolek 2; Hobbs; Jackson.
MC – Jamykan Battle 11; Nunez 9; Simmons 7; Hutchins 6; Na. Hoback 5; Roberts 5; Pickett 4; Gavin 2; Condra 1; Medrano; Pesnell; Ni. Hoback.
3 pt. Goals: GC (10) Tipton 2, Hackworth 2, Campbell 2, Ruehling, Everett, Coffelt, Melton; MC (4) Hutchins 2, Simmons, Roberts.
FTs: GC 17 – 22; MC 12 – 17.
GC 33, 15, 16, 16 – 80
VB 22, 18, 13, 24 – 77
GC – Jaden Ruehling 25; Chris Nance 14; Thaddaeus Blackburn 13; Eli Tipton 10; Jordan
Hackworth 10; Coffelt 4; Jackson 3; Conry 1.
VB – Jacob Guy 24; Brad Burke 17; Austin Hodges 15; John Allen 11; Cox 6; Wrisner 2; England 2; Stevens.
3 pt. Goals: GC (11) Ruehling 3, Tipton 2, Nance 2, Hackworth 2, Jackson, Blackburn;
VB (11) Hodges 3, Guy 3, Allen 2, Burke 2, Cox.
FTs: GC 20 – 28; VB 6 – 11.
GC 12, 18, 13, 17 – 60
CC 19, 18, 9, 20 – 66
GC – Nathan Coffelt 16; Jordan Hackworth 14; Jaden Ruehling 10; Thaddaeus Blackburn 10;
Nance 5; Tipton 3; Mel-ton 2; Conry; Jackson; Campbell.
CC – Mason Wyatt 20; Trevor Parsons 13; Reese Dykes 12; Torres 9; Floyd 4; Inman 3; Miller 3; Conatser 1; Reed 1; Lane.
3 pt. Goals: GC (7) Hackworth 3, Ruehling 2, Blackburn, Tipton; CC (4) Torres 2, Inman, Parsons.
FTs: GC 16 – 26; CC 22 – 28.