By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County moved into the District 6-A basketball tournament last week, but the Jackets were unable to extend their season.

The Jackets were able to host their district quarterfinal against Gordonsville, but saw their season come to a close as they lost 56-51 to the Tigers (15-12, 6-8). Trousdale scored the first eight points of the game but then gave up 13 straight to the visitors.

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
Trousdale County’s Keyvont Baines (14) slams the ball home against Gordonsville.

The biggest difference in the game came at the free-throw line, where Trousdale hit six of nine attempts while Gordonsville hit 13 of 17.

“It was not the way you want to end the season, but this district is brutal and that’s how it goes sometimes,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “Hats off to Trey and the Gordonsville boys. They had our number this year.”

Senior Keyvont Baines tossed in a game-high 23 points despite missing several minutes in the third quarter after suffering an ankle injury. Baines finishes his Yellow Jacket career with 1,132 total points.

Junior Kobe Ford was the only other Jacket in double figures with his 10 points. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne added six points while senior Hayden Clark and sophomore Trent Pharris had four each. Sophomore Cameron Rankins had three points and senior Houston Stafford two.

“I feel like we took a huge step forward this season,” Sleeper added. “We will continue to improve each year and get where we need to be.”

The Jackets finished with a 13-16 record and were 7-7 in district play this season after winning just nine games last year. They have not had a winning season since 2009.

“I would like to thank the entire community for the love and support they have shown this season,” Sleeper said. “It’s been tremendous and makes me want to work that much harder for next season.”