Trousdale County had two nights of District 6-A basketball action last week but neither team was able to improve its record.
At home on Jan. 21 against Clay County, the Lady Jackets trailed by seven at halftime and cut the deficit to two twice late in the game before falling 56-51 to the Lady Bulldogs (13-8, 7-2).
“I thought we came out strong and we handled the press well,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “We made them attack us in the half-court and that limited their fast-break opportunities. It was a great effort, but free throws haunted us. We missed 14 and that could have been the difference.”
Senior Tori Simmons tossed in 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Lady Jackets. Junior Claire Belcher added 12 points and senior Karissa Goss had six off the bench. Senior Chloe Donoho returned to the court for the first time since her ankle injury on Dec. 6 and had five points before fouling out with 36 seconds remaining.
Juniors Kirsten Eversole and Jazz Marshall had four points each while senior Josie Garrett and sophomore Kailen Donoho had two each.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets were outscored 25-8 in the second quarter of a 58-47 loss to the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs (19-2, 8-1).
“We fought hard against an elite Clay County squad,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “If not for the last two to three minutes of the first half, we might’ve won this one. We are having small lapses where we lose focus and you can’t do that against great teams; they make you pay.”
Junior Alex Ford led the Jackets with 15 points and classmates Cameron Rankins and Trent Pharris had 13 and 12 respectively. Sophomore Andrew Ford had five points and senior Brandon Ramsey two.
On Friday night at Pickett County, the Lady Jackets trailed by double digits in the third quarter but fought back within three before falling 64-56 to the third-ranked Lady Bobcats (20-2, 8-2).
Trousdale (5-17, 2-8) hit five more free throws than the hosts, but the Lady Bobcats hit nine 3-pointers in the victory.
“Two straight games I have been incredibly proud of my girls’ effort,” Hawkins said. “We handled their press and forced Pickett to turn the ball over more than us in the first half.”
Simmons netted 17 points while Kailen Donoho had 13 and Chloe Donoho 10. Belcher had six points, junior Kinley Brown five, Garrett three and Eversole two.
In the boys’ game, the score was close through three quarters but the Jackets (8-14, 2-7) were outscored 21-10 in the final quarter of a 58-47 loss to Pickett County (13-8, 5-5).
“Playing at Pickett is very difficult as they have probably the best home-court advantage in the district,” said Sleeper. “We struggled keeping a location on Amonett and he made us pay.”
Pickett sophomore Zach Amonett scored 34 points for the Bobcats and leads the district in scoring at 23 points per game.
Alex Ford led the Jackets with 13 points, senior Tarvaris Claiborne had 11 and Pharris 10. Rankins had eight points, Ramsey five, sophomore Kane Burnley four and Andrew Ford four.
Trousdale County will travel to Nashville Christian on Thursday and will host Gordonsville on Friday for homecoming.
Top of the charts
Trousdale County’s Tori Simmons is leading the district in rebounding with 11.4 per game, while Cameron Rankins is fifth in scoring with 17 points per contest.
Former Trousdale County star Shelby Jane Petty is enjoying success in her freshman year at Shelton State (Ala). Community College. Petty is averaging 12 points, four rebounds and three assists per game for the Lady Bucs, who are 18-2 on the season.