If this group of Lady Yellow Jackets had any doubts going into Friday’s game against Sequatchie County that they couldn’t play with anyone they face, that doubt should be fully erased now. Grundy crushed the Lady Indians Friday to avenge the loss earlier in the season and move into a first place tie in the district. The girls are riding a five game winning streak going into two more district games next week.
The Jacket men continue to struggle dropping both their games last week.
The Lady Jackets moved to 10-10 overall and advanced to 4-1 in district play. The men are 4-16 and 0-5 in the district.
Grundy traveled to Signal Mountain Tuesday for district action. Friday they travel to Chattanooga Christian for a 5:30 p.m. start. Monday they go to South Pittsburg for non-district games starting at 6 p.m. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
Grundy 55 – Bledsoe Co. 43
Grundy’s girls kept up the win streak notching another district win over the Lady Warriors. Madison Burrows hit a three pointer to open the game and Grundy never trailed. The Lady Jackets combined for six threes in the game. Grundy struggled with foul trouble in the second quarter but Coach Jonathan Shedd went to the bench and the younger Lady Jackets played well.
“In the second quarter our bench stepped up and played their hearts out. I had to go to a freshman that has been in one varsity game for about 40 seconds. She had to play minutes and she didn’t let them take advantage of us. Our theme this game was win as one. I kinda stole that from Alabama last night but we’re going to use it the rest of the way because that’s exactly what we did,” said Coach Shedd after the win.
Madison Burrows led the Lady Jackets with 19 points including three treys. Haylee Northcutt followed with 10 with two threes. Kristen Weaver scored seven with a three. Lacy Nunley had six points. MiKayla Williams and Keely Reese dropped in four each. Teah Bosio scored three and Kelsey Harriman had two.
Grundy 78 – Sequatchie Co. 58
The Lady Jackets were determined to avenge their one-point loss to the Lady Indians earlier in the season. Grundy took a lead in the first quarter only to see Sequatchie make a run and lead 19-17 after one quarter. That lead would quickly disappear as Grundy’s shooting was red hot especially from three-point land. By the half, the Lady Jackets led 43-31 and had hit 10 three pointers. Grundy pushed the lead to 20 by the end of the third and dominated Sequatchie for the win. The Lady Jackets hit a total of 19 three pointers in the game.
Coach Shedd was asked after the win if he thought his team finally understood they could with and beat anyone any night.
“I think it’s close. There’s still details to work on. If they don’t understand what they can do now, I don’t know what else it will take. I mean seriously, 19 threes? We shot the lights out. I’ve never been around a team that shot that well, ever. The other night we hit 13 threes on Chattanooga Christian. That’s a great shooting night and then turn around and drop 19 tonight against Sequatchie. We didn’t let up but with it being Sequatchie they wanted it. I had girls asking to stay in and not wanting to come out at all. That’s what you want but sometimes you have to make them take a rest,” said the coach.
MiKayla Williams led the Lady Jackets and all scorers with 26 points including six three pointers. Madison Burrows followed with 15 all on three pointers. Teah Bosio notched 11 with three threes. Haylee Northcutt had 10 points with two threes. Kristin Weaver scored eight with two threes. Lacy Nunley had seven with a three. Kylan Layne Pickett added one point.
Bledsoe Co. 45 – Grundy 36
“They had a player with 34 points and the rest of the team had 12 points. Offensively we were very stagnant. We couldn’t get anything to fall. Bledsoe did a great job with their man to man defense sagging off of us. I feel like my kids are trying and giving their best but for some reason we just can’t get over that extra hump. I want them to be able to get over the hump and be able to finish games. We’re losing single digit games. We’re just going to go back to work and get ready to compete with Sequatchie the rival,” said Coach Jerry Brown.
Trey Hampton had 16 to lead the Jackets including one three pointer. Corbin Lusk followed with eight. Blane Harris hit two threes for his six points. Josh Nance scored four and Johnny Adkins added two.
Sequatchie Co. 56 – Grundy 34
Unfortunately, the game was also marred by an altercation in the fourth quarter that while limited in physical action it provided plenty of visual display for all to see. As a result, all but five of the Yellow Jackets were ejected from the contest and all but four of the Indians were also sent to the locker room. Without the schools winning an appeal, all the players ejected will have to sit out two more games.
“They started out strong. They came out and kicked us in the mouth from the get-go. It’s a credit to them. They started out fast and we started out slow once again. We dug ourselves down 17, 18 and I think it got up to 22 points. We dug ourselves that big hole and teams are not going to let you come back out of those holes. It seems like the same deal. We’re missing shots we should hit. We’re missing layups we should hit. We’re missing wide open uncontested threes that we should hit. At the same time when the shots aren’t falling you’ve got to rely on the defense. We were rushing but I think they were causing us to do that because of their length and their defensive pressure. They’ve got pretty good length. They rushed us but at the same time we have to be calm and know that we’re going to score. When the referees let contact go we have to be stronger and we have to finish it,” said Coach Brown.
Trey Hampton led Grundy with 16 including four three pointers. Blane Harris scored nine with a three. Boo Goins scored six and Coy Gibbs hit a three pointer.