By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County’s Yellow Jackets pulled off a feat last week they had never before accomplished – winning a basketball game at Pickett County.

The two schools have not played often over the years, but Pickett has recently dominated the series against the Lady Jackets and Jackets. But on Friday night, Trousdale County (8-11, 4-3 6-A) rallied for a hard-fought 60-59 overtime victory over the Bobcats (9-10, 1-6) in Byrdstown.

Just sending the game to overtime was drama in itself as Trousdale found itself down by five in the final seconds of regulation. Junior Kobe Ford buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to two. Senior Hayden Clark then deflected the inbounds pass, which was picked up and laid in the basket at the buzzer by classmate Houston Stafford to tie the game at 45.

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Trousdale County’s Shelby Jane Petty (52) blocks a shot against Jackson County.

Near the end of overtime, Clark sank one of two free throws to give the Jackets a four-point cushion they wound up needing, as Pickett sophomore John Parker Reagan hit a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer for the 60-59 final.

“That was one of the most impressive wins I’ve experienced coaching here,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We could’ve easily given up when we were down in the first half and fouls were 9-1, and we could’ve laid down when there were 15 seconds left and we were down five with no timeouts. The heart and determination they displayed was really encouraging.”

Ford tossed in a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne added 12 points, senior Keyvont Baines 11 and Clark 10. Sophomore Cameron Rankins had four points and Stafford two.

The win was the fifth in a row for the Yellow Jackets.

The Lady Jackets were not so fortunate, suffering their most lopsided loss of the season in a 100-56 defeat by the Lady Bobcats (15-2, 6-1).

Trousdale trailed by 11 at 50-39 at halftime but was outscored 50-17 in the second half.

“I thought we played incredible for two quarters and then we just ran out of gas and had nothing left in the second half,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.

The Lady Jackets were whistled for 26 fouls compared to just 11 for Pickett. Senior Shelby Jane Petty fouled out with 5:44 left in the third quarter and finished with a season-low six points.

Juniors Tori Simmons and Chloe Donoho had 18 and 12 points respectively. Freshman Kailen Donoho added seven points, sophomore Claire Belcher five, junior Josie Garrett four and sophomore Kinley Brown four.

On Jan. 8, the Yellow Jacket teams swept Jackson County at home. It was the boys’ first win over Jackson at home since the school relocated in 2004, and was the girls’ first win in the series since Dec. 18, 1992.

The Lady Jackets got off to an 8-0 start and allowed just nine points in the second half of a 64-29 win over the Lady Blue Devils (0-16, 0-6).

“We started out slow, but once we got into the second half we played our style of basketball and got rolling,” Hawkins said.

Chloe Donoho and Simmons each had 18 points while Kailen Donoho had 15. Petty finished with nine points, sophomore Morgan White three and Belcher one.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets used a 17-7 third quarter to break away from the Blue Devils (7-12, 1-5) and went on to a 58-44 victory.

Baines and Claiborne led all scorers with 18 points each as the Jackets broke a six-game losing streak to Jackson County.

Ford added 12 points, Rankins five, Clark four and sophomore Trent Pharris one.

“We started off pretty slow, but the guys did a good job of waking up once we went man and finished the job,” Sleeper said. “We need to do a better job of starting games with more energy or it will cost us soon.”

Trousdale County will travel to Clarkrange on Friday, to Smith County on Saturday and to Clay County on Tuesday. The games at Smith County have been moved from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

All games can be heard live on WTNK 93.5-FM/1090-AM and online at funradiotn.com.

JSMS: Jim Satterfield Middle School will host its final games of the season on Jan. 24 against Folks River.

Baseball fundraiser: The Trousdale County baseball team will hold a reverse raffle and chili supper on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at TCHS. The chili supper is $5 while raffle tickets are $20 each. One raffle winner will win $1,000. Tickets can be purchased from any TCHS baseball player.