The 2016 portion of the Lady Jackets and Jackets basketball schedule is in the books after both teams finished in fourth place at the Whitwell Christmas Tournament. The teams now look forward to a schedule dominated with district foes. Their first contests of the New Year are tomorrow night at GCHS with a 5:30 p.m. doubleheader with the Lady Chargers and Chargers of Chattanooga Christian. Tuesday night the teams will make the trek up the valley to Pikeville for a 6 p.m. doubleheader with the Lady Warriors and Warriors of Bledsoe County.
The Lady Jackets won their first game of the tournament by defeating the host Lady Tigers of Whitwell 49 – 41. They lost to Heritage out of Georgia 69 – 56 in the semifinals despite connecting on 13 shots from behind the arc. The Lady Jackets ran into district foe and rival Sequatchie County in the third place contest. The Lady Jackets shooting touch abandoned them as the Lady Indians thumped Grundy County 64 – 20. Their record is 4 – 11 heading into 2017.
The Yellow Jackets followed the same path as the Lady Jackets did. The Jackets raced past the Whitwell Tigers 55 – 46. In the semis the Jackets had no answers for the strong inside game of Heritage and lost 72 – 44. In the third place game the Indians of Sequatchie County held the Jackets off and won 51 – 38. The Jackets enter 2017 with a 4 – 12 record.
Lady Jackets 49 Whitwell 41
The Lady Jackets used their size to overpower a tough Lady Tiger team 49 – 41. The Lady Jackets outscored their hosts in each of the first three quarters then made eight free throws in the final stanza to secure their fourth win of the year. Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets’ scoring with 13 points. Lacy Nunley and freshman post player Kiera Hobbs added 10 points each.
Heritage 69 Lady Jackets 56
The Lady Jackets hung tough with the athletic team from across the state line with the three point shot. Led by Kelsey Harriman’s eight treys the Lady Jackets nailed 13 as a team and was within eight points at 64 – 56 with 1:05 left to play. That’s as close as they would get as the Lady Jackets couldn’t overcome Heritage’s athleticism and 24 turnovers. Harriman finished with 24 points to lead the Lady Jacket effort.
Sequatchie County 64 Lady Jackets 20
The Lady Indians obviously hadn’t forgotten their district loss to the Lady Jackets earlier this month. Sequatchie County ran out to a 30 – 14 halftime lead and the game was over. The Lady Jackets scored only six points in the second half as the Lady Indians put up 34. Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets with six points.
Jackets 55 Whitwell 46
The Jackets overcame a slow start where they were tied with the hosts 17 – 17 at intermission with a strong third quarter. The Jackets were very efficient in transition scoring on all five occasions they had the opportunity to race down the court. This efficiency led to a 24 – 7 third quarter and a 17 point lead. Junior Blaine Harris led the balanced attack with 14 points.
Heritage 72 Jackets 44
The Heritage boys were as athletic as their girls were with plenty of size to compliment their athleticism. A 26 – 4 second quarter pretty well took the Jackets out of any chances to reach the championship game. Kenzie Hill led the Jackets with 11 points.
Sequatchie County 51 Jackets 38
The Jackets fell behind 11 – 0 after one quarter and couldn’t recover. The Indians put any hopes of a Jacket comeback away with Tanner French’s 17 fourth quarter points which happened to be the Indians total in the final stanza. He hit five three pointers during this stretch. Boo Goins led the Jackets with nine points.