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Yellow Jackets Rally to Defeat Eagles

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm

The Grundy County Yellow Jackets won their second consecutive District 7-AA game last Tuesday night with a second half rally to defeat the Signal Mountain Eagles 70 – 63. Meanwhile, the Lady Jackets suffered their fifth consecutive loss including their third straight district loss as the Lady Eagles of Signal Mountain held off their hosts 56 – 50.

IMG_6502The Jackets improved their overall record to 6 – 13, and their district record to 3 – 2. The Lady Jackets dropped to 4 – 14 overall and 2 – 3 in district play.

The teams traveled to Chattanooga Christian Monday night for a key district game for each team. Tuesday night, the teams played host to the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats from Tullahoma. Tomorrow night, the teams step back into District 7-AA play as they entertain Bledsoe County. The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m.  Next Tuesday night, the teams will play host to Notre Dame in another big District 7-AA clash. The girls’ game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Signal Mountain 56 Lady Jackets 50

The Lady Jackets kept the game close throughout the entire game, but couldn’t overcome their visitors from Hamilton County. They had a balanced scoring attack led by Teah Bosio with 14 points. Lacy Nunley chipped in 13 markers, while Kelsey Harriman and Kristin Weaver added nine and eight points, respectively.

Yellow Jackets 70 Signal Mountain 63

The Yellow Jackets rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Eagles 70 – 63. Trent Hampton, Blaine Harris, and Kollyn Cooper scored six points each in the third quarter as the Jackets pulled even with the Eagles at 45 – 45 after three periods. The same trio combined for 16 of their team’s 25 points in the final quarter to help seal the rally. Sophomore Kenzie Hill added two big three pointers in the decisive fourth quarter. Hampton scored 14 of his team high 17 points in the second half. Cooper scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as well. Senior Boo Goins was also in double figures with 12 points. Harris scored all nine of his points in the final half to help lead the victory.

Head coach Kevin Butner had this to say about his improving team, “Coming off a big win against Sequatchie County, I kept telling the boys to stay the process, effort, attitude, and execution. This process is something they know very well that I have installed. During halftime, although down 10, I felt we were right where we wanted to be. We knew what adjustments to make and the boys executed it perfectly. I continuously preach not to look at the scoreboard, just play Grundy County basketball and that’s exactly what we did.  Winning isn’t something new to us now. We just have to stay the process and stay hungry.”