Grundy got in back to back games Friday and Saturday at Bledsoe and then hosting Huntland. The Lady Jackets fell by one Friday and prevailed by one Saturday. The Jackets came up short in both games.
The Lady Jackets moved to 9-13 overall and 2-4 in the district. The men fell to 4-17 and are 1-5 in the district.
The teams hosted Notre Dame on Tuesday for district games. Friday they travel to Dunlap for a 6:00 p.m. start. Saturday they play in Jasper at 3:00 p.m. Next Tuesday they travel to Signal Mountain for a 5:30 p.m. start. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
Bledsoe Co. 44 – Grundy 43
Grundy played a solid first half, leading 13-8 after one and 28-21 at the break. The wheels came off in the third quarter as they gave up a 15-2 quarter to the Lady Warriors. Grundy battled back and fired a shot at the buzzer but it wouldn’t fall.
“The third quarter really killed us. We were up at halftime. The third quarter has really been a struggle for us all year. We allowed them to make a 13-point turnaround. We were up by seven at half and down by six after the third. We had way too many turnovers especially in the third quarter,” said Coach Julie Davis.
Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets with four threes for 12 points. Lacy Nunley followed with 11 including a three. Peyton Eads scored six. Haylee Northcutt had five. Kelsey Arbuckle scored four with a three. MiKayla Williams hit a three. Hannah Phillips added two points.
Grundy 43 – Huntland 42
The Lady Jackets and Lady Hornets battled back and forth all game with Grundy holding a slim two-point lead at the half. By the end of the third they trailed by one. Huntland tied the game with less than 10 seconds to go in the contest. Grundy then drove the floor and Kelsey Arbuckle draws a foul on a buzzer shot that missed. With no time left she’s given two shots. She misses the first but hits the second for the one point win.
“What’s ironic about that is the last shot we had last night was Kelsey and it was a shot she usually hits. It didn’t go last night for her so it couldn’t have been better for her to be able to hit the shot tonight to win. We let them come back in the third like we did last night but not to gain as much on us. We played more aggressive on defense and didn’t have as many offensive turnovers today,” said Coach Davis.
Madison Burrows topped Grundy in scoring with 11 points. Lacy Nunley followed with 10. Kelsey Arbuckle had seven with the game winner. Teah Bosio also had seven. MiKayla Williams added six and Peyton Eads had two.
Bledsoe Co. 62 – Grundy 39
Grundy led 12-11 after one but came up short the rest of the way. Bledsoe prevailed in each of the final three by 14-8, 15-12 and 12-7 giving them a district victory.
“It was a good game. If you look at the box score we down five at half 25-20. We’re down eight going into the fourth. We played a great game. Actually their coach said it’s one of the best games they’ve been played in a long time. They just pulled away at the very last minutes of the game and made the score look worse than the game actually was. We actually played a very solid basketball game. If we could just start to learn to win. That’s what I tell these guys that things will turn around right at the right time and this is when it counts in basketball season,” said Coach Justin Bryant.
Trey Hampton led the Jackets with 16 including three treys. Tanner Smartt followed with six. Boo Goins had five. Trevor Hampton and Terrince Bramhall scored four each. Trent Hampton and Kevin Stewart added two each.
Huntland 50 – Grundy 49
The Jackets led the whole way until Huntland took a 50-49 lead with eight seconds to go in the contest. Grundy drove and shot but could not hit the basket. Grundy had led by three after one, by six at the half and by 14 going into the final quarter. They couldn’t hit a field goal in the fourth and were outscored 18-3 in that quarter by Huntland.
“Today’s game was a heartbreaker. Those are definitely the ones you hate to lose. We led the whole game. I told the guys they were going to make a run and they did. I think it just primarily come down to them fouling us at the end of the game and us not hitting down double bonuses. We struggled from the free throw line and we didn’t score a field goal. That hurts going cold in that time period. They pressured us so hard and kind of got us out of our offensive groove and we struggled to score the basketball in the fourth quarter and it hurt us. These last two games are two of the better games we’ve played all season long,” said Bryant.
Boo Goins and Trey Hampton had nine points each and both hit threes. Trevor Hampton and Terrince Bramhall also scored nine each. Tanner Smartt followed with eight points and Trent Hampton added five with a three.