The Trousdale County Yellow Jackets produced perhaps their most impressive win in recent years Friday night as they put a 67-37 beatdown on the Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs.
RBS had entered the game with a 15-3 record, a 3-1 district mark and the leading scorer in the district.
“We came in with a game plan and the boys executed it perfectly,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We are finally getting into basketball shape and we are seeing the results.”
The Jackets trailed by one at 13-12 after the first quarter but outscored the visitors 55-24 the remainder of the way.
Senior Keyvont Baines scored a game-high 25 points and junior Kobe Ford added 22. Junior Tarvaris Claiborne and sophomore Cameron Rankins each had six points while providing solid defense around the basket. Senior Hayden Clark scored just three points but was a force defensively with eight blocked shots. Freshman Kane Burnley scored three points and Brandon Ramsey had two.
Red Boiling Springs’ Dalton Marsh, a 6-7 junior averaging 27 points per game, was held to just 14.
The win put the Yellow Jackets at 6-11 overall, 2-3 in District 6-A.
“If we continue to work hard, stay humble and buy in then the sky is the limit with this group,” Sleeper added. “I am very proud of their effort. Time to keep it rolling.”
Trousdale County has now won five of its last six games against RBS.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Jackets lost 58-54 as they could not contain RBS junior Kennedy Fleming, who finished with 28 points, and were outhustled throughout the game.
“We lost a close one, we had a lead for one quarter, but we let some small things beat us,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We missed some boxouts and some hustle plays, and when you play a good team you have to limit mistakes and we just didn’t do that.”
Freshman Kailen Donoho led the Lady Jackets with 16 points while junior Tori Simmons had 14 and senior Shelby Jane Petty 10. Junior Chloe Donoho was scoreless for the first three quarters but finished with eight points, while sophomores Claire Belcher and Kinley Brown had three each.
The loss left the Lady Jackets at 9-8 overall and 2-3 in District 6-A.
Trousdale County was to host Jackson County on Tuesday night, then will take its longest trip of the regular season when the Jackets play at Pickett County on Friday. TCHS will host Gordonsville next Tuesday.