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Lady Jackets close in tough losses

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Jody Hargis
The Grundy County Lady Jackets closed the books on a heartbreaking November as they dropped three close games last week. The loss-es dropped the Lady Jackets to 1 – 5 on the young season. The team has lost four of those five games by a total of 13 points. Three of those have been by a total of five points. Hopefully, senior wing Emily Rhea and sophomore post McKenzie Broadway can return to ac-tion soon and give the team a lift.
The Lady Jackets faced Cascade Monday night on the road, and play at War-ren County tonight (Thurs-day). Game time tonight is 6 p.m. The Lady Jackets return home tomorrow night for a 6 p.m. tip off against District 7 – AA rival Marion County. Another district rival comes to town next Tuesday night, for an-other 6 p.m. tip off, when the Lady Jets of Cumber-land County come to Grundy County High School. The Lady Jets are the defending district champions.
Richard Hardy 66 La-dy Jackets 65 OT
For the second time in the last three games, the Lady Jackets dropped a narrow one point loss. The Lady Jackets rallied to force overtime with the Lady Hawks, but couldn’t seal the deal. Freshman Abi Childers scored a ca-reer high 26 points to lead the Lady Jacket offense. Junior post Kiera Hobbs added 14 points. The Lady Jackets couldn’t find an answer for Lady Hawk Gracie Cox who poured in 33 points to help the visi-tors secure the win.
Whitwell 48 Lady Jack-ets 45
The Lady Jackets fell behind early as the Lady Tigers outscored them 14 – 7 in the first quarter. The Lady Jackets rallied with a 19 – 11 third quarter to take the lead 35 – 33. However, the hosts used a 15 – 10 fourth quarter to recover and send the Lady Jackets to their second straight loss. Childers led a bal-anced attack for the Lady Jackets with 10 points.
Huntland 55 Lady Jackets 47
In a game similar to the Richard Hardy game, the Lady Jackets couldn’t stop Lady Hornet A.J. Steven-son. Stevenson scored 27 points to lead her team to the victory. The hosts led at each stop after the Lady Jackets led after one quar-ter to secure the win. Hobbs led the Lady Jack-ets with 13 points. Senior point guard Hanna Tate tossed in 10 markers.
Lady Jacket Novem-ber Report Card
The Lady Jackets had a tough November record wise, but the team played hard and continue to show improvement. Head coach Amanda Ruehling said, “I saw improvement over the last two games that is very encouraging.”
The Lady Jackets are averaging 49.2 ppg. They have connected on 22 three point shots. Balanced scoring has been the key to keeping the young Lady Jackets in their games. They have three players averaging a little over nine points a game. Hobbs (9.5), Childers (9.1), and junior wing Ragan Meeks (9.0) are leading the team in scoring. Junior wing Peyton Mainord is averaging 6.8 ppg. Senior post Delaney Hughes and junior wing Kristen Stiefel are both av-eraging 4.7 ppg. Once again, when the Lady Jackets get Rhea and Broadway back it should boost their offensive pro-duction.
Defensively, the Lady Jackets are yielding 52.7 points per game.