Trousdale County had only one night of basketball action last week with Friday’s games postponed due to illness in the school system.
The Jackets managed a split at Clarkrange on Feb. 4, with the boys getting a victory.
Trousdale captured a 57-47 win over the Buffaloes (5-22, 1-12 6-A) after trailing by one at halftime. The Jackets took a five-point lead into the final quarter and won their fifth game in a row over the boys from Fentress County.
“We came out a little flat but I was so proud of how we responded in the second half,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “I believe we are playing as well as anyone in the district right now.
“We just need to keep up the confidence and momentum into this last week before the tournament.”
Cameron Rankins matched his career high with 30 points, including 22 in the second half. Alex Ford added 10 points and Trent Pharris had eight. Kane Burnley, Tarvaris Claiborne, Andrew Ford and Keenan Burnley each had two points while Jay’dynn Hayward had one.
The Jackets raised their record to 10-16 overall and 4-9 in District 6-A, good for sixth place in the standings.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Jackets had 14 turnovers in the second quarter alone and were outscored 29-8 over that stretch, leading to a 74-43 loss to the third-ranked Lady Buffaloes (24-3, 12-1).
“I thought we had a good game plan to break the press and we stayed with them for a quarter and a half,” TCHS coach Jared Hawkins said. “But once we got tired we turned it over in half-court, gave up 24 transition points and missed 15 free throws. That’s the game.”
Chloe Donoho scored 14 points, all in the first half. Tori Simmons added 12 points and Josie Garrett had six. Kailen Donoho, Kinley Brown and Elise Satterfield each had three points while Kirsten Eversole had two.
The loss put the Lady Jackets at 6-20 overall and 3-10 in district play, sixth in the standings.
Trousdale County will host Monterey on Thursday for Senior Night to make up the games postponed last week.
Seniors honored for the girls will be Chloe Donoho, Garrett, Karissa Goss and Simmons. For the boys will be Claiborne, Hayward, Aaron Pickett and Brandon Ramsey.
The Senior Night activities will take place between games.
Alumni postponed: The Trousdale County alumni basketball games scheduled for Feb. 8 were also postponed when schools were closed because of illness. No makeup date has been set.