The Trousdale County Lady Jackets scored the biggest upset in the state on Friday night when they defeated the Whitwell Lady Tigers 71-68 in the Region 3-A quarterfinals.
The Lady Jackets entered with just nine wins on the season after finishing fourth in the District 6-A Tournament, while Whitwell was 26-4, ranked No. 10 in Class A, and playing at home amidst a 14-game winning streak.
“I was super proud of my girls,” said TCHS coach Jared Hawkins. “W came in, executed our game plan and got up big in the first half. We got tired and forced some passes in the second half, but we held on.
“Winning a region game is huge, but doing it on the road is so much more special.”
Tori Simmons led all scorers with 29 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Kailen Donoho hit five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 19 points. Chloe Donoho scored 11 points, including two free throws in the final minute to ice the game, and also had eight rebounds for TCHS. Josie Garrett scored five points, Claire Belcher four and Kirsten Eversole three for the Lady Jackets.
Trousdale County raced out to an eight-point lead after the opening quarter and led 42-21 at halftime.
Whitwell hit nine 3-pointers in the second half but never got the deficit closer than three points.
Good free-throw shooting helped the Lady Jackets protect the lead as they went 15-of-18 from the line.
It was the first region win for the Lady Jackets since they defeated Clarkrange in Hartsville in 2011. The win put the Lady Jackets at 10-22 on the season and earned them a matchup with Pickett County in the semifinals.