The 2018 – 2019 basketball season drew to a close last weekend for the Grundy County High School hoop teams in the quarterfinals of the Region 4 AA tournament. Last Friday night, the Lady Jackets traveled to Macon County and lost to the defending Class AA state runners – up 83 – 35. Last Saturday night, the Jackets faded in the fourth quarter and lost to York Agricultural Institute 56 – 38.
The Lady Jackets finished the 2018 – 2019 campaign with a 6 – 18 record. The future has promise as they return seven juniors who will be seniors in 2019 – 2020. Seniors Delaney Hughes, Hanna Tate, and Emily Rhea played their final game in a Lady Jacket uniform at Macon County.
The Jackets finished the 2018 – 2019 with their second consecutive winning season at 17 -10. The Jackets also have a lot of promise with nine members of the varsity roster returning that includes three juniors and three sophomores that logged significant playing time in Coach Kevin Butner’s two platoon system. Seniors Cullen Anderson, Kenzie Hill, Jaden Nance, and Tyler Patrick concluded their high school careers at GCHS against York.
MCHS 83 Lady Jackets 35
The Lady Jackets came out from the gates and gave one of the best teams in Class AA a fight early in the game. However, the Lady Jackets had no answer for Lady Tiger Keeley Carter as she poured in 37 points to help the home team steadily pull away. Junior All District post Kiera Hobbs led the Lady Jackets with 13 points, while Hughes added 10 points.
YAI 56 Jackets 38
The Jackets started slow in the early part of the first quarter, but rallied to lead 11 – 8 after the first stanza. They maintained that lead much of the second quarter taking the ball to the basket and getting to the charity stripe seven times and sophomore big man Thaddaeus Blackburn connecting on a couple of inside baskets to lead 20 – 18 with :06.4 left in the half. However, momentum took a big swing when the Jackets opted to try and push the ball for another score and lost the ball and Dragon Roger Meadows found the fumbling ball back in his hands and nailed a three pointer and was fouled. Meadows connected for the four point play and the Dragons led 22 – 20 at intermission. The Jackets hung tough despite the momentum swing and was down 43 – 38 after senior guard Tyler Patrick connected on his second three of the fourth quarter. However, the Jackets went stone cold and the Dragons scored the last 13 points to advance to the region semis. Patrick led the Jackets with eight points.