Trousdale County had two nights of basketball action last week, winning both games at Jackson County but losing both at Red Boiling Springs.
At Jackson County on Jan. 28, the Jacket basketball teams each won – the first time that had ever occurred.
The Lady Jackets raced out to a 23-7 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 69-31 win over the Lady Blue Devils (0-22, 0-12 6-A).
“I thought we played hard, pushed the ball well and flowed the game plan perfectly,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins.
Senior Shelby Jane Petty had a game-high 21 points, taking her to 1,145 for her career. Junior Tori Simmons chimed in with 17 points while freshman Kailen Donoho had 11 and junior Chloe Donoho 10. Sophomores Kinley Brown, Claire Belcher and Morgan White had five, three and two respectively, while junior Josie Garrett had one.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets built a double-digit lead in the third quarter but had to hold on in the fourth for a 62-61 win that was only secured after the Blue Devils (8-17, 2-10) missed two shots in the final seconds.
“Any win on the road in this district is a big win,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “We tried some new things and played more into our bench and thought the guys handled it well. We will continue to practice on our new concepts heading into the district tournament.”
Senior Keyvont Baines led all scorers with his 20 points, putting him at 1,055 for his career. Junior Kobe Ford followed with 11 points while junior Tarvaris Claiborne and sophomore Cameron Rankins each had nine. Senior Houston Stafford had eight points, junior Brandon Ramsey three and sophomore Landon Carver two.
On Friday at Red Boiling Springs, the Lady Jackets led by four after the first quarter but could not maintain the momentum, falling 46-40 to the Lady Bulldogs (20-8, 8-4).
“We played great defense, the zone we ran gave them trouble, but we didn’t get enough movement offensively,” Hawkins said. “Holding a team in the 40s is great, but we’ve got to keep cutting and move the ball on offense to score.”
Petty finished with 12 points while Kailen Donoho had nine and Chloe Donoho seven. Garrett had six points, Simmons four and Brown two.
The Lady Jackets got into foul trouble early in the game and both Chloe Donoho and Simmons fouled out during the fourth quarter.
The Jackets fell behind early in their game and went on to lose 67-52 to the Bulldogs (20-7, 7-5), who were looking for some revenge after losing by 30 in Hartsville back in January.
“They shot a lot better in their gym,” Sleeper said of RBS. “If their guards are hitting outside shots, it really is tough to pick your poison with them.
“I was proud of out effort. We did not quit and I’ll stand behind these young men with that attitude every day.”
Rankins matched his career high with 15 points, while Baines had 14 and Stafford a career-high 10. Senior Hayden Clark had four points and Carver three. Claiborne was held to a season-low two points, while sophomore Trent Pharris and freshman Andrew Ford each had two points.
Trousdale County will host Westmoreland on Friday for Senior Night to close out the regular season. District quarterfinal matchups will be played on Monday and Tuesday.