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By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County returned to the hardwood after the Christmas break with game at DeKalb County on Dec. 29 and returned home with a split.

The Lady Jackets (4-8) played their best game of the year as they put together a fourth-quarter comeback that resulted in a 53-48 victory over the Lady Tigers.

Trousdale County outscored the hosts 24-11 in the fourth quarter to pose their second win of the season over a Class AA opponent.

“Great road win against a good shooting team,” said coach Jeremy Wilhelm. “I’m proud of how we didn’t quit when things looked rough late in the game.

“Younger kids are starting to understand their roles and our system. We just have to keep developing our team and this new district is making us better as a team.”

Sophomore Chloe Donoho paced the Lady Jackets with 17 points, 16 of which came in the second half. Freshmen Morgan White and Claire Belcher had their most productive games of the season with 11 and nine points respectively. Senior Kaylynn Dalton had 10 points, senior Katelyn Fergusson had four and freshman Sidney Gregory two.

The Lady Jackets were able to seal the deal at the free-throw line, where they hit 11 of 12 attempts in the fourth quarter.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets (3-9) struggled offensively as they scored their fewest points of the season in a 73-42 loss to the Tigers (8-6). Trousdale had just 14 points at the half.

“It was an ugly game,” said coach Ryan Sleeper. “We did have a couple of key players out, but good teams adapt and overcome.

“Our schedule will not provide us any ‘gimme’ games. We have to earn every win. That’s the seventh Class AA or Class AAA team we’ve played. We must become mentally tougher and grow quickly with district games coming in soon.”

Junior Keyvont Baines tossed in 14 points to lead the Jackets, while senior Braison Raney had 10. Junior Will Belcher added eight points while seniors Trace McGuire and Octavius Rickman had six and four respectively.

Trousdale County will host DeKalb County on Thursday, with the Lady Jackets playing a “Pink-Out” game for breast cancer awareness. The Jackets then return to district play with a trip to Red Boiling Springs on Friday and will travel to Jackson County on Tuesday.

Middle school: Jim Satterfield Middle School will return to action on Thursday with home games against Celina, then will host Carroll-Oakland on Monday.