Trousdale County concluded its basketball regular season last week with two nights of action on the hardwood.
The Jackets earned two victories but the Lady Jackets were saddled with a pair of losses.
On Feb. 5, the Jackets completed a regular-season sweep of Pickett County (11-14, 3-10 6-A) with a 68-45 home victory. The Jackets outscored the visitors 22-15 in the fourth quarter as they posted their fourth double-digit district win of the season.
“This was probably our most complete game as a team this season,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We still could have done better with a low-scoring third quarter, but the boys played very well overall and most importantly played well together as one.”
Sophomore Cameron Rankins poured in a career-high 20 points and senior Keyvont Baines was not far behind with 18. Senior Hayden Clark added eight points, junior Tarvaris Claiborne six and sophomore Landon Carver five. Senior Houston Stafford had four points, sophomore Trent Pharris three and freshman Andrew Ford two for the Jackets.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Jackets gave a spirited effort but fell 71-62 to the Lady Bobcats (10-4, 10-3 6-A), who are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Class A.
“I was really proud of the girls; we had a game plan and they came in and executed it very well,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We rebounded, had great backside rotation on defense. We had a five-possession window in the third quarter without a score and that was the difference in the game.”
Senior Shelby Jane Petty led four Lady Jackets in double figures with 19 points while juniors Chloe Donoho and Tori Simmons had 13 each, as did freshman Kailen Donoho. Junior Josie Garrett and sophomore Claire Belcher each had two points.
On Friday at home against Westmoreland, the Jackets (13-15, 7-7 6A) outscored the Eagles (2-23) in every quarter and rolled to a 70-42 victory.
“We put together two good offensive games this week,” Sleeper said. “We have some momentum going into the tournament which is huge.
“I want to give a special shoutout to these seniors. I know 13-15 doesn’t sound great, but we started 1-8 and we dealt with having injuries early. The resilience of this group is tremendous and I’m proud of what they have accomplished. Now it’s time to take the next step in the tournament.”
Baines tossed in a game-high 23 points while Claiborne had 12 and Clark 11. Stafford netted six points, junior Kobe Ford four, Rankins and Pharris four each, Andrew Ford three and junior Brandon Ramsey three.
The Lady Jackets (14-14, 6-8 6-A) were hoping to break a 33-game losing streak against Westmoreland, but after seven turnovers and six fouls in the first quarter and only scoring six points, that dream was erased. The Lady Jackets trailed by 21 entering the final quarter before losing 71-57.
It was the eighth time this season the girls have allowed 70 or more points.
“You can’t dig a hole like we did in the first quarter and have anything good come from it,” Hawkins explained. “We had seven turnovers in the first quarter and got beat down the floor in transition.
“We settled down and played better offensively in the second half, but it was too little, too late.”
Simmons scored 20 points while Petty and Kailen Donoho each had 12. Chloe Donoho had eight points and sophomore Morgan White five.
The District 6-A quarterfinals were held earlier this week, with the girls playing Monday at Red Boiling Springs and the boys hosting Gordonsville on Tuesday. The winners will move on to White County High School for the semifinals with the girls playing Thursday and the boys Friday.