The Grundy County Lady Yellow Jackets got the season sweep of rival Sequatchie County last Thursday night, at GCHS, with a 63 – 59 come from behind victory. The win gave the Lady Jackets a 4 – 3 record in District 7 AA and a shot for second place in the district.
Meanwhile, the Jackets dropped a tough 63 – 61 decision to the Sequatchie County Indians when their fourth quarter rally fell short in the waning seconds. The loss dropped the Jackets to 4 – 3 in District 7 AA. They still could secure second place if they defeated Bledsoe County on Monday night in a makeup contest.
The teams played Sequatchie County on Thursday of last week because of the frigid weather that came through the area last Tuesday. The teams traveled to Van Buren County last Friday night. The Lady Jackets lost 49 -41 in a hard fought game, while the Jackets gained a measure of revenge when they rallied to defeat the Eagles 58 – 55.
The Lady Jackets are currently 5 – 13. Their final district contest was played Monday night, in Pikeville, against Bledsoe County. The winner of the game is second seed in the upcoming district tournament, while the loser is third seeded. Either way, these two teams will meet in the District 7 AA semifinals at Cumberland County High School next week.
The Jackets are 14 – 7 overall. Their situation is the same. Win against the Warriors and they are second seeded. The loser is third seeded. Once again, the two teams will meet in the district 7 AA semifinals at Cumberland County next week.
The teams traveled to Richard Hardy Tuesday night. They will play host to Whitwell tomorrow night (Friday), on Senior Night. The girls’ game tips off at 6 p.m.
Lady Jackets 63 SCHS 59
The Lady Jackets used their size advantage with a strong post game and some timely perimeter shots to take the season sweep of their rival Sequatchie County. Senior post Delaney Hughes was strong on the inside as she powered her way to the goal and earned her way to the charity stripe as well. Junior post Kiera Hobbs came up big in the second half to compliment Hughes. Sophomore McKenzie Broadway, freshman Abi Childers, and freshman Jordan McCullough played well adding depth to wear down the smaller Lady Indians. Meanwhile, junior guards Ragan Meeks and Peyton Mainord made some timely perimeter shots to help get the Lady Jackets back in the game from a 10 point third quarter deficit to give the team a chance for their fourth quarter rally. Meeks led the way with 18 points including three treys and some four big free throws in the fourth quarter. The last two gave the Lady Jackets their four point lead. Hughes added 16 points. The Lady Jackets were 22 of 30 from the free throw line, including 12 of 14 in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Van Buren County 49 Lady Jackets 41
The Lady Eagles used a strong performance from the free throw line (30 – 43) to hold off the improving Lady Jackets. It was a hard fought game with the Lady Jackets showing signs of repeating their performance from the night before. However, the hosts were able to make their free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory. Kiera Hobbs led the Lady Jackets with 14 points.
SCHS 63 Jackets 61
For three quarters the Indians were able to handle the Jackets full court pressure to build a 50 – 39 lead. Finally, in the final quarter the Jackets found there three point touch and used a half court defense to rally to within two points in the final seconds. The Jackets connected on five of their 13 three point shots on the evening in the fourth quarter. The Jackets had a couple of chances in the waning seconds, but couldn’t connect on free throws and couldn’t score on the put back after the missed free throw to send the game to overtime. Senior guard Tyler Patrick made five treys for 15 points to lead the way. Sophomore guard Jordan Hackworth added 13 points including four treys. The Jackets were just 6 of 11 from the charity stripe.
Jackets 58 Van Buren County 55
The Jackets survived the emotions of “Senior Night” for the Eagles and rallied with a strong second, third, and fourth quarter to pull out the victory and spoil the emotional home farewell of their hosts. The Jackets hit eight three point attempts and played tough half-court defense to help them overcome their host’s fast start. Senior post Cullen Anderson led the way with 17 points. Sophomore post Thaddaeus Blackburn scored 14 points and senior swingman Kenzie Hill added 10 points to help with the victory.