The Grundy County basketball teams finally were able to return to action last week with district games against two longtime rivals in Bledsoe County and Sequatchie County. The teams had to wait a week to get the 2017 portion of their schedule going due to frigid weather conditions during the first week of January.
The Yellow Jackets split their contests as they dropped a 65 – 40 decision to the Warriors of Bledsoe County last Tuesday night, but rebounded to take an overtime thriller from the Sequatchie County Indians 53 – 52 last Friday night. The district win evened the Jackets District 7 – AA mark at 2 – 2. The Jackets are 5 – 13 overall.
The Lady Jackets dropped both of their games. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Jackets 56 – 38, while the Lady Indians defeated the Lady Jackets for the second time in two weeks 58 – 40. The Lady Jackets are 4 – 13 overall and 2 – 2 in district play.
The teams hosted Signal Mountain Tuesday night. They are off tomorrow night but return to action Monday night as they travel to Chattanooga Christian for a 5:30 p.m., doubleheader. Next Tuesday night, the teams host Tullahoma with the girls’ game beginning at 6 p.m.
Bledsoe County 65 Jackets 40
A familiar problem for the Jackets returned last Tuesday as they were blitzed by the Warriors in the second quarter of their game 26 – 9 to break open a close contest and pretty well put the game out of reach. Boo Goins was the lone Jacket in double digits with 11 points.
The Jackets trailed 23 – 17 at the half, but used a strong second half and chipped away at the Indian lead to force overtime. After a Jacket timeout, senior Boo Goins penetrated the lane and made a layup to force the extra period. In overtime, Trent Hampton made a bucket and Blaine Harris canned two free throws to put the Jackets up 51 – 49, after the Indians had tied the game at 49 – 49, Kollyn Cooper made two more free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Jackets a two possession lead. The Indians made an uncontested three at the buzzer and the Jackets left Dunlap with a shocking 53 – 52 win against their hosts. Trey Hampton found his shooting touch that had been missing in the last five games in the second half. The sharp shooting junior scored 18 points in the second half including five three pointers. He hit three big shots behind the arc in the fourth quarter. Trey finished with 20 points to lead the Jackets while his brother Trent added 10 markers to support the cause.
Bledsoe County 56 Lady Jackets 38
The Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Jackets at the end of each quarter to slowly pull away for the victory. The Lady Warriors’ Carly Davis made 14 – 20 free throws on her way to a game high 24 points to lead the victory. Lacy Nunley and Teah Bosio scored 14 points each for the Lady Jackets.
Sequatchie County 58 Lady Jackets 40
The Lady Jackets faced the Lady Indians for the second time in two weeks after being blown out in by their hosts in the Whitwell Christmas Tournament. This time the game was a lot closer. The Lady Jackets matched the Lady Indians bucket for bucket in the first stanza. After an 18 -18 opening act the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Jackets 17 – 5 in the second quarter to put daylight between the teams. The Lady Jackets couldn’t cut into the lead as they were outscored by six points in the second half. Lacy Nunley with 16 points and Kristin Weaver with 13 points led the Lady Jackets.