Last week was a busy one for Trousdale County with three nights on the basketball court, but each team could only procure one win.
At Monterey on Jan. 14, the Lady Jackets trailed by nine in the third quarter but rallied to capture a 68-66 victory over the Lady Wildcats (4-14, 0-6 6-A).
“We played a tough game back and forth all night and we pulled it out,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “That’s a huge district win.”
Senior Tori Simmons scored a game-high 23 points and junior Morgan White came off the bench to score a career-best 18. Junior Claire Belcher scored 16 points, sophomore Kailen Donoho nine and junior Kirsten Eversole two.
In the boys’ game, the Jackets were outscored in each quarter and lost 72-52 to the ninth-ranked Wildcats (14-4, 4-2 6-A).
“We had a game plan for their two best players,” said TCHS coach Ryan Sleeper. “Other players for their team stepped up offensively and forced us out of our game.
“We need to learn to play with more confidence against really good teams to have a shot.”
Senior Tarvaris Claiborne had his best game of the season with 17 points and junior Cameron Rankins added 10. Junior Trent Pharris had six points, junior Alex Ford five, junior Jordan Pickett four and senior Brandon Ramsey four. Freshman Kyle Shockley had three points while the Jackets got two each from senior Aaron Pickett and freshman Tyler Dixon.
At Jackson County on Friday, Trousdale suffered a pair of district losses.
The Lady Jackets gave up the first 11 points of the game, trailed 22-2 and went on to lose 56-36 to the Lady Blue Devils (2-15, 1-6). Jackson County had lost its last 21 district games going in.
“We didn’t show up tonight,” Hawkins said. “Played sloppy and dug ourselves into too deep a hole before trying to fight back. No excuse for tonight effort-wise.”
Simmons scored 13 points and Eversole matched her career best with nine. Donoho had seven points, White five, Belcher one and senior Karissa Goss one.
The Jackets trailed by six at halftime and led by eight in the third quarter, but missed a shot at the buzzer to fall 60-59 to the Blue Devils (8-10, 2-5).
“In our district you can’t have small mental errors and expect to win,” Sleeper said. “We must rebound better and learn to play straight up on defense.”
Rankins netted 18 points and Ramsey had a career-high 12. Sophomore Kane Burnley, Ford and Pharris had eight points each, Claiborne had three and sophomore Keenan Burnley had two.
On Jan. 16 at Westmoreland, the Lady Jackets committed 11 first-half turnovers before losing 73-31 to the No. 4-ranked Lady Eagles (17-3).
Simmons scored 12 points while Belcher had seven and Donoho five. Eversole and White had three points each and senior Josie Garrett had one.
In the boys’ game, Rankins led all scorers with 16 points as the Jackets barely worked up a sweat in their 59-39 win over the Eagles (3-16).
“This was a good example of what team ball can look like,” Sleeper said. “I was proud of the total team effort in this game. Our bench players really stepped up and we were able to rotate a lot of guys because of that.”
Kane Burnley added eight points and Pharris had seven. Alex Ford and Claiborne had six each, Ramsey and sophomore Andrew Ford had five each while Keenan Burnley, Jordan Pickett and Dixon had two each.
Trousdale County is scheduled to play at Pickett County on Friday and host Red Boiling Springs on Tuesday.