Yellow Jacket Trey Hampton was on fire from the three-point line Friday night in Grundy’s game against Chattanooga Christian. Hampton nailed 12 three-point shots to break the school record in the Jackets 65-60 win over the Chargers. Hampton breaks the old mark held by Jacob Campbell who scored 10 3-point field goals against Marion County on February 4, 2012 with a total of 38 points.
The Lady Jackets dropped both games last week falling to Signal Mountain and CCS. The men also lost on Signal Mountain. The girls now hold a 10-17 overall record and are 2-8 in district play. The men are 5-21 and are 2-8 in the district.
As a result of the two losses, the girls will be in the play-in game for the district tournament. Even with the win, the boys are also in the play-in. The girls’ game will be on Monday and the boys’ is Tuesday. Final schedules will not be set until the district meeting on Wednesday of this week which was after press deadlines. Winners of the play-ins will travel again for the semifinal games. The consolations and championship of the district will be Valentine’s Day at Bledsoe County.
Both coaches hope to advance past the play in games.
“Coming into our final week of regular season district play the girls were made aware of what these two games would mean for our seating in the tournament. However, we came up short in both which means we will go into the tournament seated sixth and will have to travel for the play in game,” said Coach Julie Davis.
“Come tournament time, we expect to play Signal Mountain again. We hope to correct the mistakes we made against them, and go over there and get a win. I think it’s a game we can win. They beat us at home pretty handily but we had a couple of players sick during that game. We had a decent performance over there this week so I believe if we can correct some mistakes we can beat them,” said Coach Justin Bryant.
Tuesday the teams hosted Marion County for senior night. Thursday Grundy travels to Moore County for the final regular season game beginning at 6:00. Get out and support Grundy Basketball this week!
Signal Mountain 44 – Grundy 33
With an injured Madison Burrows on the bench, the Lady Jackets could not find their groove and suffered the district loss on that other mountain. The Lady Eagles posted a 17-8 first quarter and led 23-18 at the half. An 18-4 third quarter gave Signal enough advantage to roll on to the 11 point win.
“We started the game out really slow and allowed 10 points from rebound put backs the first quarter alone. We were short a starter with Madison being out due to injury and Mikayla was extremely sick and not up to par. This really hurt us offensively. We had too many turnovers and missed way too many layups and easy shots. I feel like we beat ourselves this game we didn’t make them best us. We just didn’t do the things necessary to win. In order to win we will have to box out and hit those easy shots,” said Coach Davis.
Hannah Phillips led the Lady Jackets with 13 points. Kelsey Arbuckle followed with 10. Peyton Eads scored three. MiKayla Williams, Teah Bosio and Lacy Nunley scored two each. Haylee Northcutt added one point.
CCS 42 – Grundy 41
The Lady Jackets struggled offensively in the first half going down 10-5 after one and 24-12 at the half. An 18-5 third quarter by Grundy got them back in the thick of things with a 30-29 lead. It was nip and tuck down the stretch but the Lady Jackets fell by one.
“Once again we started out the game not ready to play and found ourselves down early in the first half. We went into the half down by 12, but the girls pulled together and rallied hard to get back in the game. We had Teah to really step up and take control during the third quarter and Hannah hit some big shots at crucial times. We played a great third quarter which is something we haven’t done in a while. In the end, we can go back to several times that we could have done something different and maybe the outcome would have been different. But I’m proud of how they fought back and did what was needed to get back in the game we just have to continue with that desire as we prepare for tournament time,” added the coach.
Teah Bosio led the Lady Jackets with 15 points. Hannah Phillips followed with 10 including two three’s. Kelsey Arbuckle notched nine with a three. Peyton Eads scored four and Haylee Northcutt added three.
Signal Mountain 59 – Grundy 46
A slow first half for the Jackets put them in a 32-18 hole at the half. While they picked up the pace in the second half they weren’t able to overcome the Eagles at Signal Mountain.
“We struggled in the first half with turnovers and it got us behind early. We made a small run towards the end of the game, trying to close the gap and just fell short,” said Bryant.
Tanner Smartt topped the Jackets with 12 points. Terrince Bramhall followed with 11. Jacob Martin had nine with two threes. Trey Hampton tossed in six. Trevor Hampton hit a three. Trent Hampton and Blane Harris had two points each while Boo Goins scored one.
Grundy 65 – CCS 60
Led by Trey Hampton’s hot hand the Jackets pulled off a district upset Friday in Coalmont over the Chargers. Hampton was quiet in the first half compared to the second as he only scored two threes in the first quarter to go with a three and a duce in the second for 11 points. His five threes in the third and four in the final quarter pushed Grundy to the five-point win.
Unlike many games this season, the second half is where the Jackets came on strong. Down 33-23 at the half, Hampton and the Jackets poured in on in the second half to come from behind for only their second district win of the season. A 25-13 third quarter for Grundy erased the deficit and they pushed on to victory.
“It was one of the most fun games I’ve ever coached. It was a great team effort but it was also an unbelievable individual performance by Trey Hampton. It was probably the best shooting performance in Grundy County history. He hit 12 three-pointers setting a school record and I think he was 12 of 14 from the three point line. He only missed one or two shots. For the team overall, it was a huge district win that we needed and we played a really good game but it was just a fun experience seeing a kid like Trey just shoot like that,” complimented Bryant.
Trey Hampton led with 38 points off the 12 threes. Trevor Hampton and Terrince Bramhall followed with seven points each. Tanner Smartt scored six. Boo Goins had four and Jacob Martin added three points.