The Lady Jackets had better results in their Thanksgiving tournament as they won two of three games in Florida. The Jacket men dropped both games they played in the Whitwell tournament. The teams head to district play this week.
The Lady Jackets improved to 4-5 on the season and the men fell to 1-7.
“In our first game, I think we just weren’t ready to play. We traveled through the night and then when we got to the hotel the girls were just too excited to get the rest they needed. That was a decision that I made and looking back I should have given us more time to rest before we played. We started out slow and it took us until late in the third to get things going.
“The next two games we really came to play. Everyone played and worked hard while on the floor. The girls really started to see that their hard work and hustle on defense really make a difference in the game.
As we prepare for this week, I hope we can continue our intensity. We are going to need to improve our shooting percentage by improving our shot choices. And we have got to do a better job boxing out and rebounding on defense. I’ve told the girls if we can continue working hard and improve in those two areas we will be a tough team to beat,” said Lady Jackets’ Coach Julie Davis.
“We didn’t get the outcome we wanted in the tournament. We played some very competitive games losing two very close games. We are still searching for a way to win the close games. We hope to get over that hump and the sooner that happens the better off we will be,” said assistant Coach Nick Bryant.
Coach Justin Bryant was able to coach Friday’s game for the Jackets around caring for his family. “It was great to be back and coaching. The guys played hard, we were just one play away from a win,” said Bryant.
“Our defense is playing good, but we are continuing to make too many turnovers. We aren’t executing on the offensive end of the floor,” Bryant continued. “We will continue to strive to improve that. I’m super proud of the effort the guys are playing with right now.”
Coach Bryant was set to bring his new sons home from the hospital on Sunday.
Grundy traveled to Chattanooga Christian on Tuesday for their first district matchup. Today they play at Coffee County at 6:00. Friday they host Bledsoe County for another district game at 6:00. Tuesday they travel to Notre Dame for a 5:30 start. Get out and support Grundy basketball this week.
Crestview 60 – Grundy 44
As Coach Julie Davis said the Lady Jackets traveled through the night on the bus trip to Ft. Walton and didn’t rest well before the game. They trailed 15-8 after one and 23-18 at the half. They ran out of gas in the second half falling 15-9 and 22-17 in the final two periods.
Madison Burrows led Grundy with 15 points. Kelsey Arbuckle followed with six. Hannah Phillips, Mallory Seals, Haylee Northcutt and MiKayla Williams scored five each with Seals, Northcutt and Williams all hitting threes. Teah Bosio scored two and Lacy Nunley had one.
Grundy 46 – Navarre 31
The Lady Jackets rebounded in their second game with a second half surge to win. Grundy trailed by one after one and went to the half down 20-15. They dominated the second half with 16-6 and 15-5 quarters respectively to take their third win of the season.
MiKayla Williams topped the Lady Jackets with 15 points with a three. Kelsey Arbuckle followed with 12. Madison Burrows tossed in eight. Hannah Phillips scored five. Mallory Seals had four and Teah Bosio had two.
Grundy 49 – Daphne 22
Grundy’s girls cruised in their final game on the beach hammering Daphne by 27 points. Grundy played strong defense never allowing their opponents into double digits in any quarter. The Lady Jackets won each quarter, 9-2, 15-6, 10-6 and 15-8.
Freshman Lacey Nunley led the Lady Jackets with 11 points. MiKayla Williams followed with 10 including two threes. Kelsey Arbuckle scored six. Mallory Seals and Madison Burrows scored five each with Seals notching a three. Teah Bosio scored four with a three. Haylee Northcutt had four. Hannah Phillips and Kristin Weaver scored two each.
CSAS 62 – Grundy 35
The Jackets struggled in scoring in this game during the tournament. After trailing 11-8 at the end of the first quarter things got away from Grundy. CSAS posted a 20-8 second quarter and outscored the Jackets 31-19 in the second half to take the win.
Trey Hampton led the Jackets with 13. Trevor Hampton followed with eight including a three. Boo Goins scored seven. Tanner Smartt had three and Blane Harris scored one.
Sale Creek 57 – Grundy 43
rundy came out slow and gave up a 21-9 first quarter. They trimmed four off that lead and went to the half down 27-19. Sale Creek won both of the final two quarters to knock Grundy out of the tourney.
Trey Hampton and Boo Goins led the way with 11 points each with Goins hitting a three. Trevor Hampton scored eight. Jacob Martin tossed in six with a three. Tanner Smartt had five and Blane Harris had two.