Trousdale County had two nights of District 6-A basketball action last week and also worked in an evening of non-district play.
The highlight of the week came on Friday when the Yellow Jackets celebrated homecoming with a pair of victories over Gordonsville.
The Lady Jackets trailed by two entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Tigerettes 16-6 over the final eight minutes to claim a 54-46 win.
“We handled the press well,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We guarded (Lera) Britt as best we could and at the end we rebounded and hit free throws.
“It was a huge home win in front of a great home crowd.”
Senior Tori Simmons scored 19 points, sophomore Kailen Donoho added 14 and senior Chloe Donoho 13. Juniors Claire Belcher and Kirsten Eversole each had four points for the Lady Jackets, who are 6-19 overall and 3-9 in district play.
Meanwhile the Jackets (9-16, 3-9) raced out to a 15-0 lead but trailed by one entering the final quarter. The hosts were not to be denied though, as Trousdale snapped a four-game losing streak to Gordonsville with a 44-41 victory.
“I am so proud of the boys,” said coach Ryan Sleeper. “It’s easy to lose confidence and quit when you lose so many close games in a season. They showed a lot of mental toughness to gut this one out.”
Junior Cameron Rankins scored 14 points while senior Tarvaris Claiborne and junior Alex Ford had 10 each. Sophomore Andrew Ford had eight points off the bench and classmate Kane Burnley had two.
On Jan. 28, Trousdale dropped both home games to Red Boiling Springs.
The Lady Jackets were outscored 23-7 in the third quarter and fell 64-41 to the Lady Bulldogs (18-8, 7-4), who hit 11 3-pointers.
“We started out strong but we let them get on a run at the end of the second and we dug the hole too deep,” Hawkins said. “Once you’re down 20, it’s hard to get back to a team that shoots the three as well as they do.”
Kailen Donoho had 16 points for TCHS and Simmons had 14. Chloe Donoho had six points, Eversole had four and freshman Autumn Parrish one.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets led by nine at halftime but eventually fell 58-57. Rankins misfired on a last-second jumper on which he thought he was fouled, but no call was made.
“I thought we had the perfect game plan,” Sleeper said. “We were going to let (Dalton) Marsh get his and hold everyone else. We just went cold in the third quarter.”
Rankins and Andrew Ford each had 12 points, senior Brandon Ramsey had nine, Claiborne had seven, junior Trent Pharris seven, Alex Ford five and Burnley five.
On Thursday, Trousdale County played at Nashville Christian.
The Lady Jackets trailed by 18 at halftime of a 63-43 loss to the Lady Eagles (18-5).
Kailen Donoho had 11 points, Belcher eight, Simmons six, Chloe Donoho four, junior Kinley Brown four, senior Josie Garrett three, junior Morgan White three, Eversole two and freshman Elise Satterfield two.
The Jackets trailed by 18 at halftime but got within three before falling 60-50 to the Eagles (15-8).
“This was a quality opponent and a great game to prep us for our district teams,” Sleeper said. “They played a similar style, were more athletic.”
Rankins led all scorers with 26 points, Alex Ford had eight, Claiborne four, Ramsey three, while Burnley, senior Jay’dynn Hayward, sophomore Garrett Rieger and freshman Brian Banks had two points each.
Trousdale County will conclude its regular season on Friday at home against Monterey for Senior Night.
The District 6-A Tournament will start on Feb. 17 at Livingston Academy.