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Lady Jackets Get Their Grove On

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

david lowrie

The Lady Jackets have rolled off three straight wins and look like they’re finding their groove playing well even through sickness. Against Whitwell, Grundy’s girls battled multiple players being sick and some horrible officiating. The Jacket men overcame the same bad refereeing crew to scratch out a win. Friday the Lady Jackets hammered Chattanooga Christian School for a district win while the men lost on a shot with three seconds to go in the game.

The Lady Jackets are now 8-10 overall and improved to 2-1 in district play. The men moved to 4-14 and 0-3 in the district.

After Friday’s win, Lady Jackets’ Coach Jonathan Shedd asked for the community to get out and support the teams and to get rowdy when they do.

“We need people to get out the games and get loud. It’s like a funeral in here at times. We’ve got half the student section filled and the other side is almost full and it’s quiet as a mouse here during our game. People need to come see what these girls are doing. We’re 8-10, we’ve matched last year’s win total and they need to get out and support these kids because they’re working hard.”

Grundy hosted Bledsoe County Tuesday for district action. Friday they host Sequatchie County for a huge district game at 6:00 pm. Tuesday they travel to Signal Mountain for a 5:30 district start. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!

Girls

076Grundy 37 – Whitwell 29

This one looked more like a Big 8 game than a high school event. Neither team could hit the broad side of a barn in the first half as Whitwell led 9-7 after one and 13-10 at the half. Grundy picked up the offense slightly in the second half and controlled the game to take the win.

“We’re sick as a dog right now but we won. I’ve got several sick with bronchitis, ear infections, borderline pneumonia, strep throat and it’s just running through right now. We’re just sick right now. I knew it was going to be tough going on the road. Our shots weren’t falling. We didn’t have legs under us for anything. Halftime was a first quarter score. I was just glad to get the win.

“Before we go to Huntland, the next 10 games only one is non district which is what I want. I’d much rather play district late so you’re ready. We’re 7-10 going into it. We’re going prepare one at a time go after it,” said Shedd.

MiKayla Williams led the Lady Jackets with 14 points including two threes. Madison Burrows followed with 10 and two threes of her own. Lacy Nunley notched six. Kylan Layne Pickett tossed in five. Kristin Weaver added 2 points.

Grundy 78 – CCS 47

The Lady Jackets jumped on the Lady Chargers early and led 24-10 after one. The game tightenedbasketball up in the middle as it was 33-32 over the second and third quarters. Grundy got hot in the final quarter posting a 21-5 effort and taking the win. Grundy hit 13 three pointers as a team to aid the victory.

“It was one of those we had to get. It puts us 2-1 in the district. We’re 8-10 overall so it matches last year’s win total. This puts us tied for second in the district after tonight. That’s where we want to be. We have to come in and get ready for Bledsoe on Tuesday. Bledsoe beat CCS by four so we have to get ready for them. It will be another tough district game. We have to hit layups. We missed 19 tonight, but we’re going to be alright. We just have to keep working,” said Shedd.

MiKayla Williams had a career night, scoring 31 points with six three pointers and going three for three at the line. Madison Burrows followed with 13, hitting two threes. Teah Bosio scored 8 points. Kelsey Harriman and Kristin Weaver scored six each with Harriman hitting two threes and Weaver hitting one. Haylee Northcutt and Lacy Nunley scored five points each and both hit threes. Caitlyn Crabtree and Keely Reese scored two points each.

Boys

Grundy 58 – Whitwell 49

The Jackets battled a three man officiating crew with only one of the three having a clue. Grundy led by two after one and by one at the half ahead 24-23. The Tigers took the lead and inched away in the second half to take the win.

“I’m glad that our kids handled the adversity the way that they’re supposed to. The only way to battle it is to keep playing harder and keep doing the right thing and our kids did that. They kept their composure until after the ball game and I’m happy with that. It was a team effort. We got great leadership from Blane and Trey tonight. They were able to settle the young kids down. They were able to play the way I want them to play because they’re the only ones with real experience that were playing with Cooper and Goins out tonight,” said Coach Jerry Brown.

Trey Hampton topped Grundy with 21 hitting four threes. Blane Harris scored 17 with four threes. Kenzie Hill notched 13 with three threes. Josh Nance scored five and Johnny Adkins had two.

107CCS 56 – Grundy 54

Grundy was down early by six but tied the game 29-29 by halftime. Grundy took a six-point lead by the end of the third quarter. The Jackets led until 1:32 to go in the game when CCS tied the game at 52-52. The two teams traded baskets again and it was 54-54 with 1:11 on the clock. The Chargers scored the only remaining basket with three seconds to go to take the 56-54 district win.

“That was a tough one. We were in control for most of the game but credit Chattanooga Christian for making that run in the end to win the game. But, my kids played extremely hard. It seems like I say it over and over again, that they played extremely hard but for some reason we’re just having trouble finishing. It’s a process and we’ve got to believe in the process. I know that they are and that everything is going good and the good thing is we can bounce back Tuesday evening against Bledsoe.”

Trey Hampton led again with 21 notching five three pointers this time. Boo Goins and Johnny Adkins had nine each with Goins hitting a three and Adkins hitting three. Blane Harris scored eight. Corbin Lusk scored four points and Josh Nance tossed in three.