Jackets take hits in district games
Last week was a tough one for the Trousdale County High School basketball teams as they lost four district games, each one by a double-digit margin.
The most disappointing loss was the Lady Jackets' 64-44 setback to the Watertown Tigerettes (9-10), who entered this game winless in the district. It was the Lady Jackets' biggest loss at home in the district in four years.
The young Watertown team, with one senior and one junior on the squad, raced to an 18-7 first quarter lead and was up 33-15 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Trousdale County got within 10 points of the visitors, but by the end of the period the deficit was 21, at 54-33.
Senior Sydney Shoulders paced Coach Jeremy Wilhelm's girls with 13 points on five field goals, two from long distance, and one free throw. Sophomore Hannah Gregory followed with 12 and sophomore Ashley Cornwell added eight. Seniors Bailey Howell and Natalie Storey added four apiece and sophomore Destinee Dixon a free throw.
In the boys game, the Jackets seemed to give all they had, but they just didn't have enough as they lost to the state's No. 6 rated team, the Purple Tigers (16-2), 77-58.
The Purple Tigers used seven seniors in the game and the Jackets lost the services of senior Cody Sircy, who left the game with a knee injury in the second half.
"We played hard," Coach Daniel Kemp said. "They were just better that night."
Juniors Christian Lauderdale and C.J. Dickerson produced 12 points each for the Jackets. Senior Dylan Hurst and sophomore Kenyan Harper netted eight apiece. Sophomore Marquel Claiborne, junior James Kelley and sophomore Kameron Gilpin had four, two and one respectively.
The following day the Trousdale County teams travelled to Gordonsville to make up games that were postponed earlier in the week, but the results were not good for the visitors.
The Lady Jackets were only down eight at halftime, 30-22, but got outscored 27-13 in the second half to fall 57-35. The loss left the Lady Jackets at 1-4 in the district, and fifth in the five team league.
Howell and Shoulders tossed in 12 each. The rest of the team combined for 11 points, with Storey getting five, Cornwell three and sophomore Macy Hawkins three.
The Jackets got outscored 17-0 in the second quarter en route to a 58-40 loss.
The highlight for the visitors was turned in by Dickerson, who pumped in a career high 17 points. Hurst, Kelley and Lauderdale each added five. Sophomore Josh Jackson added three, Claiborne two, freshman Ricky Harrison two and junior Clay Cothron a free throw.
Trousdale County will host Friendship Christian on Friday and travel to Greenbriar on Monday. They will entertain Central Magnet on Tuesday.
District 8-A standings (as of Jan. 19)
Friendship Christian 3-0
Red Boiling Springs 1-3
Trousdale County 1-4
Trousdale County 3-2
Friendship Christian 1-2
Red Boiling Springs 0-4