The Lady Jackets have had a strong week, winning two of three games and falling in the other by one point in overtime. The team is beginning to look like those Lady Jacket teams of old with the fire and determination that made Grundy girls basketball dominant at one time.
Grundy’s men notched a win over Whitwell Monday, and also played well in the two previous games. The Lady Jackets improved to 4-6 overall and are now 1-1 in district play. The men are now 2-8 and 0-2 in the district.
Grundy hosted Huntland Tuesday. Tonight they host Franklin County beginning at 6 p.m. Grundy will play in the South Pittsburg Christmas tournament December 28-30. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
The Lady Irish have been a dominant team in the district the last few years and have been known to be very physical. The Lady Jackets proved not only could they compete with such a foe but that they could win. Grundy trailed by one after the first quarter but outscored the Lady Irish 23-17 and 25-12 over the next two quarters and went on to the win.
“I told them that schedule has been awful. I knew it’s been tough but this is why. Because we’ve got stuff to prove in district and that’s what our goal is. Every night we come out to prove something. We’ve got that chip on our shoulder. It’s us against everybody. Nobody believes in us. Nobody thinks we can do it so we’re going to show them we’re going to do it.
They didn’t like our press. We kept getting good steals against the press early in the front half of it. In the back half they closed it back up. We realized real quick they didn’t like it so we knew if we could stay up in it that we’d have something,” said a fired up Coach Jonathan Shedd after the win.
Mikayla Williams led the Lady Jackets with 25 points including two threes. Lacy Nunley followed with 13 with a three. Kelsey Harriman scored nine all off threes. Kylan Layne-Pickett tossed in seven. Madison Burrows scored five with a three pointer. Teah Bosio nailed a three. Kristin Weaver, Caitlyn Crabtree Haylee Northcutt all scored two points each.
Sequatchie Co. 46 – Grundy 45 OT
The gym in Dunlap Friday night seemed to be more like a roasting oven for the holiday hams and turkeys. It was unpleasant for fans just sitting still much less the players on the floor. The teams battled back and forth through the first three quarters with Grundy leading 14-11 after one, trailing 26-17 at the half and leading 41-40 after three. The final quarter featured a stall put in play by the Lady Indians that killed the action for more than three minutes. At the end of the quarter Sequatchie had scored five and Grundy 4 to tie the game 45-45.
In the overtime the Lady Indians made one free throw for the only points to take the district win.
“Tonight it’s so dang hot in this gym. It’s ridiculously hot. We just have to keep working. We didn’t knock down the right shots. We’ve got to hit more to be more competitive. We have to keep working to make shots and keep working in practice.
“Tonight as hot as it was I was glad for them to rest when they went into the stall. He wants to kill it and we’re tied, ok let’s kill it. When we jumped in our man and went at them and we got a couple of turnovers off of it. That’s what I want. You have to be solid. It threw them off when we started stalling and trying to rest for that last shot. We just have to keep our heads up. We have three big games next week. We can take care of all three if we come out and work,” said Coach Shedd.
Madison Burrows and Lacy Nunley led the Lady Jackets with 10 points each and both hit two threes. Teah Bosio and Kylan Layne-Pickett followed with nine each. Mikayla Williams had five with a three pointer. Haylee Northcutt added two points.
The Lady Jackets looked to rebound Monday night on the mountain facing off against the Lady Tigers. Grundy got off to a slow start and trailed 10-9 after one quarter of play but they got in the groove in the second quarter and pushed on to the 21-point win.
“It is a win. I’m not going to discount a win. I’ll take all of them I can get but it was ugly. We started off sluggish but we kept progressing and kept working. We scored 15 in the second, 18 in the third and 19 in the fourth and that was the difference. We finally got going late. They couldn’t handle the press very well and that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Coach Shedd.
MiKayla Williams led the way with 19 including hitting four threes. Lacy Nunley scored 12 inside. Madison Burrows and Teah Bosio had 10 with a three. Kristin Weaver had five with a three. Haylee Northcutt hit a three pointer. Kylan Layne-Pickett scored two points.
Notre Dame 69 – Grundy 60
“We were right there. I feel like the game plan we had was a great game plan. We held their best player to 13 points. I feel like my kids played extremely, extremely hard and gave everything they had. What we have to work on is the moments where we have a few key mistakes that allow teams to have that 4-0 or 6-0 run. When we get that cured we’ll be playing a complete game,” said Coach Jerry Brown.
Trey Hampton led the Jackets with 20 points with two threes. Boo Goins followed with 14 with two from three-point land. Josh Nance dropped in eight points. Blane Harris scored six. Corbin Lusk had five. Kollyn Cooper scored four and Kenzie Hill added three.
Scoring just four points in the first quarter and getting down by 17 in the first half were the biggest factors in the Yellow Jacket loss. Grundy was down 42-25 at the half and won the second half 26-18 but they could just never make a big enough run in the second half to get past the Indians.
“We could never get any momentum to get us over the hump tonight. Give credit to Sequatchie. They came out and were the aggressors from the start. We dug ourselves a hole in the first half. We were down 17 and it’s tough to battle from that. We battled in the second half and we did a good job of getting back in the game but when you dig yourself a hole like that more than likely you’re not going to come back from it.
“They’re a good ball club. They had excellent ball movement tonight. They hit a majority of their shots. They shot an excellent percentage from the field. Hats off to them but I still think we’re a lot better than what we played tonight,” said Coach Brown
Trey Hampton led the way again with 14 points including two threes. Boo Goins followed with 11. Blane Harris scored 10 with two threes. Kenzie Hill scored 8. Kollyn Cooper notched two three pointers. Josh Nance added two points.
Grundy 47 – Whitwell 41
The Jackets and Tigers battled back and forth throughout the first half with both struggling to hit their shots. Whitwell led 23-20 at the break but the Jackets posted a 12-6 third quarter to take the lead and move on to the win.
“A win is a win any way you can take it but that is without a doubt the ugliest game we’ve played offensively as far as shooting. We could not buy one tonight but I’m proud of my kids for grinding this game out, for playing hard and continuing to believe in the defense we’re playing,” said Coach Brown.
Trey Hampton led in scoring with 14 points including two threes. Boo Goins followed with 13. Blane Harris tossed in 12 with two threes. Josh Nance, Corbin Lusk, Kollyn Cooper and Kenzie Hill all scored two points each.
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