By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Trousdale County returned to district basketball action Friday night with a trip to Red Boiling Springs.

It turned out to be a productive trip as the Yellow Jackets won both games at RBS for the first time since 2013.

The Lady Jackets (5-9, 3-2) were tested by the Lady Bulldogs (12-7, 1-4), but the Hartsville girls were up to the task in posting a 48-44 victory.

“It’s great to get a win in a hostile environment at RBS,” said coach Jeremy Wilhelm. “The girls executed the game plan we had and worked really hard to earn that win.”

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
Trousdale County’s Chloe Donoho goes up for a lay-up against DeKalb County.

Sophomore Tori Simmons came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points for the Lady Jackets, along with eight rebounds, two steals, two assists and three blocked shots.

Senior Kaylynn Dalton, who leads the team in double-figure scoring games, followed with 12 points, sophomore Karissa Goss had six points, senior Katelyn Fergusson five and sophomore Chloe Donoho four. Freshmen Claire Belcher and Kinley Brown each had two points.

The Lady Jackets won despite struggling mightily at the free-throw line, where they hit just nine of 22 attempts.

In the boys’ game, the Jackets (5-9, 1-4) turned a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit into a 53-46 win. Trousdale outscored the Bulldogs (12-7, 1-4) 28-12 in the fourth quarter to earn its fourth consecutive win in the series.

“This game showed another step in our growth as a team,” said coach Ryan Sleeper. “To rally down nine in the fourth and fight back and win is huge for us mentally. They were a tough team and it’s nice to steal one at their place. Every win in this district is going to be tough to come by.

“I think we are starting to figure out we can compete with anyone if the effort and focus is there.”

Senior Braison Raney scored 14 points and junior Will Belcher also had 14, a new career high. Junior Keyvont Baines had 13 points and freshman Alex Ford came off the bench to score eight. Senior Octavius Rickman showed great defensive hustle and had three points while senior Trace McGuire had one.

On Jan. 4, Trousdale County hosted DeKalb County and earned a split with the Tigers.

The boys got that win, avenging a 31-point loss six days earlier with a 56-34 thumping of the Tigers (8-7).

“To lose to this team by 31 a week ago and come in and beat them by 22 shows that we are maturing as a team,” Sleeper said. “I believe the practice intensity picked up and it’s starting to pay off. I felt this was our best defensive effort of the year.”

Raney paced the Jackets with a game-high 22 points and included a pair of 3-pointers. Baines netted 19 points while Rickman and McGuire each had six. Freshman Trent Pharris added two points and Belcher had one.

Meanwhile, the Lady Jackets had more turnovers (16) than field goals (10) in their 34-24 loss to the Lady Tigers (6-9). The Lady Jackets had won 53-48 in Smithville six days earlier.

“We struggled against DeKalb to get in an offensive rhythm,” Wilhelm said.

Dalton scored 13 points but no other Lady Jacket had more than one basket made. Belcher had three points while Fergusson, Donoho, sophomore Emily Booth and freshman Morgan White each had two.

Trousdale County played at Jackson County on Tuesday, then travels to Pickett County on Friday and to Gordonsville next Tuesday.

Middle school: Jim Satterfield returned to action on Jan. 4 but dropped a pair of home games to Celina.

The Jr. Lady Jackets lost 39-6 as Eliseona Satterfield had all the points for the hosts.

The Jr. Jackets also had a tough night, falling 45-22 to the Jr. Bulldogs.

Garrett Rieger scored eight points, Mason Maddox and Jess Holder each had four, Bryson Claiborne and Andrew Ford each had two, while Xavier Russell and Tyler Dixon had one each.

JSMS will conclude its regular season with home games against Jackson County on Thursday.