Trousdale County concluded its regular season last week with two nights of home basketball action, but only one win resulted.
On Feb. 6, Goodpasture was the opponent as both teams concluded their district schedules.
The Lady Jackets came in looking for a regular-season sweep of the Lady Cougars (13-8, 5-3 8-A) and to take some momentum into postseason play. But Trousdale County had its lowest offensive output of the season in a 44-20 loss, the Lady Jackets’ worst loss in district play this season.
The outcome was even more puzzling considering that the Lady Jackets had won 34-28 at Goodpasture just two weeks earlier.
“We didn’t play well and had a bad offensive game,” Coach Jeremy Wilhelm said. “There are things we saw Goodpasture do that will help us prepare for them in the district semifinals. We know we are better than what we played on Monday night against Goodpasture.”
Freshman Chloe Donoho scored six points to lead the Lady Jackets and junior Katelyn Fergusson had four. Junior Kaylynn Dalton and freshman Karissa Goss added three points apiece, while seniors Makenzee Dixon and Jamey McKoin each had two.
The Lady Jackets are now 1-5 all time against the Lady Cougars.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets remained winless in six tries against the Cougars (21-2, 10-0) as they lost 69-33. The hosts trailed 24-7 at the end of the first quarter and went on to finish with their second-lowest number of points on the season.
“Goodpasture came out, shot well and we just could not answer them,” Coach Chip Sparkman said. “Our guys fought, but just did not have what it took to win.”
Seven Jackets got into the scoring column, but senior Austin Ford was the only one in double figures with 10 points. Senior Trysten McGuire followed with seven points while junior Trace McGuire, junior Braison Raney and sophomore Keyvont Baines each had four. Freshmen Tarvarius Claiborne and Kobe Ford each had two.
On Feb. 9, Trousdale County held its Senior Night and the Lady Jackets played a Pink-Out game against East Robertson.
The Lady Jackets (9-15) got off to an 8-0 start, led 30-19 at halftime and went on to down the Lady Indians (11-13) 56-35.
“Good way to end the regular season on Pink-Out/Senior Night and build on our team going into the district tournament,” Wilhelm said. “Really proud of our team and the way they responded from Monday’s game.”
Dixon poured in a game-high 22 points, including three 3-pointers. Dalton raised her game with a career-high 16 points. McKoin and Donoho added seven points each while Fergusson had four.
Meanwhile, the Jackets juggled their starting lineup and quickly trailed 13-0 in their game. The hosts trailed 51-27 at halftime and went on to lose 88-61 to the Indians (15-8).
“East Robertson shot the best they have all year in the first quarter, and we did not play as well as we can on defense,” Sparkman noted.
Austin Ford and Raney paced the Jackets with 17 points each. Baines scored nine points, Trysten McGuire eight, Trace McGuire six, senior Jacob Woodard three and Claiborne one.
Both teams begin play in this week’s District 8-A Tournament, which is being held at Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville.
The Lady Jackets, seeded third, faced No. 2 Goodpasture on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Jackets, also seeded third, were to host No. 4 Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to face No. 2 seed Watertown on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.