The North Lady Warriors and the Morrison Eagles were victorious in capturing the Gold Division of the Jingle Bell Classic held annually by the GCHS baseball team at GCHS. The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Hornets of Monteagle 23 – 13 in the semi-finals before defeating the Lady Eagles of Morrison 35 – 23 in the championship game. The Eagles of Morrison used outstanding defense to trim the East Tullahoma Panthers in the semi-finals 20 – 18, before stunning the local favorite, the Swiss Memorial Wildcats, in the championship game 41 – 27.
Third place in the girls’ bracket went to the Lady Hornets who defeated the Lady Panthers of Tullahoma 38 – 16. Third place in the boys’ bracket went to the Panthers of East Tullahoma who defeated the Monteagle Hornets 58 – 27.
Semi-final: December 19
The Lady Warriors used a tough defensive stand throughout the game to make it three – for – three against the Lady Hornets on the season. The Lady Warriors held Lady Hornet Ashley Green to eight points, which led her team and didn’t allow more than four points in any quarter. Point guard Jalie Ruehling led a balanced Lady Warrior attack with eight points.
Morrison Lady Eagles 44 East Tullahoma Lady Panthers 14
The Lady Eagles soared to a 26 – 4 halftime lead and never looked back as they breezed into the championship game with the 44 – 14 rout of the Lady Panthers. Gabby Monzon scored 14 points to lead the way.
The Swiss Memorial Wildcats won their third game in as many tries against the Hornets as they raced past their conference rivals 56 – 25. A Wildcat staple is a fast start and a 22 – 9 first quarter was right on cue for the local frontrunners. Seven Wildcats dotted the scorebook led by Jaden Ruehling’s 12 points. Thaddaeus Blackburn and Kase King added 11 points each. H.B. Hargis led the Hornets with 15 markers.
Morrison Eagles 20 East Tullahoma Panthers 18
The Eagles gutted this game out in old style basketball. They used a tenacious defense and opportunistic offense to hang on for the semi-final victory over the Panthers. Kason Holder led the Eagles with 11 points. Jakobe Thomas and Mason Gann led the Panthers with five points each.
Consolation: December 20
MES Lady Hornets 38 East Tullahoma Lady Panthers 16
The Lady Hornets raced out to a 23 – 9 lead and never looked back to take third place in the Gold Division of the Jingle Bell Classic with a 38 – 16 victory. Ashley Green returned to form as she poured in 23 points to lead the Lady Hornets. Eleanor Fults led the Lady Panthers with nine points.
East Tullahoma Panthers 58 MES Hornets 27
The Panthers found their offense in the consolation game as they jumped out to a 32 – 14 lead at intermission en route to their 58 – 27 victory for third place. Jakobe Thomas led the victors with 18 points. Kyler Parker and Mason Gann added 11 points each for the winners. H.B. Hargis led the Hornets with 18 points.
Gold Division Championship: December 20
NES Lady Warriors 35 Morrison Lady Eagles 23
The Lady Warriors relied on the recipe that got them to the championship game. Tough defense and balance on offense carried the Lady Warriors to the championship as they defended their crown with a 35 – 23 victory. McKenzie Broadway led the victors with 12 points, while Jalie Ruehling added 11 points to help lead the way. Lia Wright led the Lady Eagles with 11 points.
Morrison Eagles 41 SMES Wildcats 27
In what most of the people around here would call a shocker! The Swiss Memorial Wildcats wilted down the stretch against the Morrison Eagles and their tenacious defense and came up short in defending their championship in the Jingle Bell Classic. The Eagles used a 14 – 3 fourth quarter behind some timely free throws to capture the Gold Division championship. Kason Holder led the victors with 19 points, while Ryland Holder added 13 points. Jaden Ruehling was the lone Wildcat in double figures with 11 points.
All Tournament Teams
Eleanor Fults, East Tullahoma; Ashley Green, Monteagle; Kaylee Lawson, MES; Lia Wright, Morrison; Brielee Kelsey, Morrison; Jalie Ruehling, NES; Leah Hiett, NES; McKenzie Broadway, NES; and Kaylee Smartt, NES.
Maggie Baskin, SMES; Jalie Grooms, SMES; Briley Dempsey, SMES; Alyssa Parson, TCES; and Torie Anderson, TCES.
H.B. Hargis, MES; Kyler Parker, East Tullahoma; Jakobe Thomas, East Tullahoma; Jaden Ruehling, SMES; Jordan Hackworth, SMES; Thaddaeus Blackburn, SMES; Rylan Holder, Morrison; Kason Holder, Morrison; Dominique Betancourt, Morrison; and Will Hyder, Morrison.
Ben Freeman, Palmer; Bryson Braden, Palmer; Gavin Totherow, Palmer; Bailey Hill, Pelham; and Zac Campbell, Pelham.