By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

The Trousdale County Lady Jackets won the Friendship Christian Invitational basketball tournament last week, taking apart tradition-rich Moore County 60-24 in the championship game.

Senior Shelby Jane Petty was named tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring 26 points in the win, along with nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks. Petty also hit three 3-pointers for Trousdale County in the victory.

Freshman Kailen Donoho added 15 points while juniors Tori Simmons and Chloe Donoho had eight and seven respectively. Sophomores Claire Belcher and Morgan White each had two points.

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Lady Jacket players and staff pose after winning the Friendship Christian Invitational championship.

The Lady Jackets led 30-13 at halftime and outscored the Lady Raiders (4-8) 40-11 in the final two quarters.

“I am really proud of the girls’ effort,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “Playing three games in three days is never easy, but we came out and gave maximum effort and got the job done.

“Most importantly, they got to experience winning a championship and that is experience that I hope we can use as we enter district play and down the road to the district tournament.”

The Lady Jackets started the tournament on Dec. 27 with an 81-24 blowout of Centennial.

Petty had a record-breaking game by posting a triple double – a career-high 34 points, 10 rebounds and 11 steals. Petty also recorded eight assists in the victory.

Chloe Donoho followed with 18 point and Kailen Donoho had 10. Simmons netted eight points, junior Josie Garrett five, junior Karissa Goss four and Belcher two.

The following day, the Lady Jackets took down a Class AAA opponent when they defeated the Hendersonville Lady Commandos 62-46.

Simmons led the offensive effort with 15 points while Petty had 14 and Kailen Donoho 10. Chloe Donoho had nine points, Belcher four, sophomore Kinley Brown four, Garrett three and White three.

With the three wins, the Lady Jackets upped their record to 9-7, matching the total number of wins they had last season.

Meanwhile the Yellow Jackets traveled to Lafayette to play in the Nera White Christmas Tournament, where they opened with a 67-55 loss on Dec. 27 to Livingston Academy. The Jackets led 25-19 in the second quarter and trailed 30-27 at halftime.

Junior Kobe Ford tossed in 14 points while seniors Hayden Clark and Keyvont Baines each had 12. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne had eight points, sophomore Cameron Rankins seven and sophomore Landon Carver two.

The next day, the Jackets took on another Class AA foe in Cannon County. Trousdale blew a 14-point lead on three separate occasions and missed 21 free throws, but managed to hold off Cannon for a 69-64 win.

Baines scored a career-high 28 points, putting him over 900 for his career. Clark added 11 points and Claiborne had 10. Ford scored nine points while Carver had six, Rankins four and sophomore Trent Pharris one.

On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 13-0 lead over Forrest and never trailed in an 80-75 victory over the Rockets (4-11).

Clark enjoyed the best offensive game of his career, hitting 16 baskets (including a pair of 3-pointers) in a 36-point effort. Baines followed with 22 points and Ford had 10. Rankins had eight points, Claiborne two and senior Houston Stafford two.

The win improved the Jackets’ record to 5-11 for the season.

“W finally looked like we are getting some of our offensive groove back,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We made some changes defensively which I think will help us get into transition more moving forward.”

Trousdale County will start the New Year with home district games against Red Boiling Springs on Friday. The Lady Jackets and Lady Bulldogs are both 2-2 in District 6-A, while the Jackets are 1-3 and the Bulldogs 3-1.

Trousdale County will then host Jackson County on Tuesday in another region matchup.