Trousdale County finished off its regular season last week with three nights of basketball action but could only secure two victories.
Both wins came on Feb. 5 as the Jackets went to Gordonsville to make up a game delayed by January’s snow.
The Lady Jackets trailed by five at halftime, then outscored the Tigerettes 39-4 in the second half to come away with a 67-37 victory.
“It was a good come-from-behind win at Gordonsville and we limited them in the second half,” said coach Jeremy Wilhelm.
Photos by Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
Trousdale County recognized its outgoing seniors on Feb. 6. Boys honored were, from left: Malkam Brinkley, Chase Haynes, Trace McGuire, Braison Raney and Octavius Rickman.
Girls recognized (bottom photo) were Kaylynn Dalton and Katelyn Fergusson.
Sophomores Chloe Donoho and Tori Simmons each scored 15 points as the Lady Jackets won their fourth in a row over Gordonsville (1-24, 0-13 6-A). Senior Katelyn Fergusson added 14 points and sophomore Emily Booth came off the bench to score a career-best eight. Senior Kaylynn Dalton had seven points, freshman Claire Belcher five and sophomore Karissa Goss three.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets broke a two-game skid against the Tigers (7-17, 3-10) with a 68-59 victory. Trousdale built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and maintained that edge until late in the fourth quarter.
“It was nice to finally break out of the offensive slump we were in last week,” said coach Ryan Sleeper. “I thought we shared the ball and played a solid four quarters. Gordonsville was our first district game of the year, so this was a nice measuring stick of our growth.”
Junior Keyvont Baines paced the Jackets with 15 points, while senior Braison Raney and junior Will Belcher each had 14. Sophomore Tarvaris Claiborne scored a career-best 12, sophomore Kobe Ford had nine and senior Trace McGuire four.
The following evening, Trousdale County completed its district schedule with home games against Pickett County for Senior Night.
The girls’ game was tied at 19 after the first quarter, but the Lady Jackets were outscored 30-8 in the second quarter and went on to lose 85-44 to the fifth-ranked Lady Bobcats (22-2, 11-2).
The Lady Jackets committed 26 turnovers in the game.
“We hung with Pickett in the first quarter, but they proved why they are ranked fifth,” Wilhelm said. “These games are making us better.”
Donoho netted 15 points and Dalton finished with 10. Fergusson had nine points, Simmons six and Booth four.
After losing by 33 in Byrdstown in January, the Jackets were out to be more competitive on their home floor. Trousdale took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter but was outscored 15-6 in the final minutes of a 51-46 loss.
The Bobcats (18-6, 9-4) were held to their lowest point total of the season.
“This was an intense defensive battle,” Sleeper said. “I was so proud of our effort. We held them to their season low in points, but we have to be able to hit the big shots when they matter in the fourth. But this game proves we can play with anyone in this competitive district.”
Baines paced the hosts with 11 points, while Raney added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. McGuire had eight points, Belcher seven, senior Octavius Rickman six, Claiborne two and Ford two.
On Friday, the Jackets ended the regular season at East Robertson.
The Lady Jackets trailed by one at halftime but went on to fall 69-57 to the Lady Indians (16-8).
Fergusson had 15 points, Donoho 14 and Simmons 12. Dalton added nine points, Goss three, Booth two and freshman Morgan White two.
“We got too far behind early in the fourth quarter and didn’t have enough time left,” Wilhelm said. “We can’t give teams 19-0 runs and expect to win.
“Preparing for Clay County (in the district tournament) has been our plan all along.”
The boys’ game was close but the Jackets (9-16) fell 67-62 to the Indians (9-15).
“Our main goal in this game was to play a larger rotation and come away injury free for the tournament,” Sleeper said. “I was pleased to see some of our younger guys step up and give some quality minutes.
“This was a nice, competitive tune-up for the tournament next week. It’s been a fun season full of learning experiences, but now it’s time to execute everything you’ve learned to prolong your season. We are excited and ready for the challenge.”
McGuire had his best game of the season, finishing with 18 points. Baines added 16 points and Raney had nine. Rickman, Claiborne and freshman Alex Ford each had five points while Belcher had four.
The District 6-A quarterfinals were to be played Monday and Tuesday, with the girls at Clay County and the boys at Pickett County. The semifinals will move to White County on Wednesday.