Trousdale County started its District 6-A games last week and each team came away with one win in two tries.
At Gordonsville on Dec. 4, the Lady Jackets outscored the Tigerettes in every quarter en route to a 68-48 victory.
Junior Chloe Donoho poured in a career-high 24 points as the Lady Jackets posted their fifth consecutive win over Gordonsville. Freshman Kailen Donoho came off the bench to add 17 points and junior Josie Garrett added eight. Senior Shelby Jane Petty had seven points, sophomore Kinley Brown six and junior Tori Simmons three. Sophomore Morgan White had two points and classmate Claire Belcher one.
“I thought the girls executed our game plan well,” said coach Jared Hawkins. “We attacked the basket well and looked for the pitch ahead well.”
In the boys’ game, the Jackets got off to a good start with an alley-oop dunk by senior Hayden Clark off the opening tip, but Gordonsville rallied to claim a 65-52 victory.
In just his second game of the season, senior Keyvont Baines scored 23 points and Clark had 12. Junior Kobe Ford had eight points, junior Tarvaris Claiborne five, senior Houston Stafford two and sophomore Trent Pharris two.
For Gordonsville, senior Hunter Mann scored 28 points.
“It really wasn’t too bad of a performance given that we had one practice with the football boys returning,” said coach Ryan Sleeper. “We will just continue to keep working to get them in basketball shape and everyone on the same page.”
On Friday at home against Clarkrange, the Lady Jackets were outscored in each quarter of a 73-50 loss to the Lady Buffaloes (8-0, 2-0 6-A).
Chloe Donoho led all scorers with 23 points while Petty had 11 and Simmons 10. Kailen Donoho had three points, Brown two and Belcher one.
“I loved our effort, we didn’t let the press bother us,” Hawkins said. “We’ve got to fix some rebounding issues, but we gave Clarkrange a fight for three quarters and I’m so proud of the grit of this group of girls I have.”
The second game started as a lackluster affair in the first half as Trousdale trailed 20-12 at halftime. But the Jackets (2-8, 1-1) rallied and came away with a 33-31 victory.
Stafford’s only basket of the game came with 1:07 left and broke a 31-31 tie.
The Buffaloes (5-3, 0-2) had a chance at a last-second 3-pointer but it was off the mark.
Claiborne had his best night as a Yellow Jacket as he scored 13 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Baines followed with nine points, Ford had five and Stafford, Pharris and senior Landon Carver each had two points.
Clark was unable to play because of a foot injury and is expected to miss some additional games.
“A win is a win,” Sleeper said. “I was happy to see the boys find a way to win this early in the season.
“Last year we started off 0-4 in the district and it was a hard hole to climb out of. Every district game is so important so we can host that first-round district matchup.”
Trousdale County hosted Clay County on Tuesday, then will travel to Monterey on Friday and host Smith County on Monday.