Trousdale County had two nights of action on the hardwood last week, but could only secure one win in those four games.
At Clay County on Jan. 22, the Lady Jackets were even with the Lady Bulldogs (19-5, 6-1 6-A) after one quarter, but trailed by 19 at the half and went on to lose 81-48.
“We started strong, but gave up too many second-chance points in the second quarter and dug a hole we couldn’t get out of,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.
Senior Shelby Jane Petty paced the visitors with 22 points and freshman Kailen Donoho had 10. Sophomore Claire Belcher had eight points, junior Chloe Donoho four, junior Josie Garrett three and sophomore Kinley Brown one. Junior Tori Simmons was held scoreless for only the second time in her career.
Clay County was led by 26 points from senior Kenzie Arms as the Lady Bulldogs won their sixth in a row over Trousdale County.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets fell behind early 23-9 to the Bulldogs (21-2, 10-0) and went on to a 64-44 loss.
“Hats off to Coach Edwards and Clay County,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “That’s a great team.
“We started off too slow. We played with them the rest of the way, but to beat a team like that you have to play four perfect quarters.”
Junior Tarvaris Claiborne scored 12 points and senior Keyvont Baines added 10. Junior Kobe Ford added nine points, sophomore Cameron Rankins five, senior Houston Stafford three, sophomore Landon Carver three and freshman Kane Burnley two. Senior Hayden Clark was held scoreless for the first time all season.
On Friday night, Trousdale County welcomed Monterey for homecoming and achieved a split of the two games.
The Lady Jackets got off to a slow start, trailing 19-12 after one quarter against the Lady Wildcats, who have just one win on the season. But Trousdale put together an 18-0 run to take over the game and go on to a 71-47 win.
“We started out slow, but I was super proud of the defensive effort in the second and third quarter,” Hawkins said. “We held them to six total points in those quarters and really used defense to create offense. Most importantly, we got another district win!”
Chloe Donoho scored 22 points while Petty had 21, Simmons 13 and Kailen Donoho 11. Brown had two points, Garrett one and sophomore Morgan White one.
The Lady Jackets entered this week with a 13-11 overall record and are now 5-6 in district play.
After losing by only five in Monterey earlier this season, the Jackets were looking forward to their rematch with the Wildcats (20-6, 9-2). But the home team was outscored 26-16 in the fourth quarter and lost 63-53.
“The boys played hard against a very solid Monterey squad,” Sleeper said. “We missed a lot of easy shots and that’s what really cost us the game.”
Rankins had a career-high 15 points while Claiborne had 11. Ford and Stafford had nine points each, Baines had eight and sophomore Trent Pharris one.
The loss left the Jackets with a 10-14 record, 5-6 in district.
Trousdale County will travel to Red Boiling Springs on Friday, then will host Pickett County on Tuesday.