The Trousdale County High School Yellow Jackets made their annual trip to the Dog Pound last Tuesday night. The hosts weren’t too nice.
The Lady Bulldogs won a hard fought district game by a final score of 50-44 and this victory puts their district record to 5 wins and no losses. This victory was a hard fought win as the Lady Jackets played their A game while the Lady Bulldogs were making turnovers and their shots were just not going in the basket. The Lady Bulldogs made only 2 baskets in the first quarter. The Lady Jackets failed to take advantage of the Lady Bulldogs mistakes and a halftime score of 27-18 with the Lady Bulldogs on top would keep the Lady Jackets from regaining the lead and they never got close for the rest of the game. Hannah Smith got hot from 3 point range while Cayley Tuck had 8 second quarter points plus Macy Raines had 2 points in the quarter. The Lady Jackets got 6 points from Jamey McKoin and Makenzee Dixon had 6 points also to lead the Lady Jackets scoring.
The third quarter saw a lot of turnovers by both teams and poor shot selection kept the third quarter scoring low as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Jackets 10-7 and the game goes to the fourth quarter with the Lady Bulldogs on top by a 37-25 score. A lot of jump balls and those ugly turnovers once again dominated the action and the Lady Jackets managed only 7 points while the lady Bulldogs scored only 10 points. Both teams managed to miss 14 free throws together in the quarter. The Lady Bulldogs got hot in the fourth quarter and once again Hannah Smith dialed long distance to make her fourth and fifth 3 pointers of the game and finished with 18 points. Cayley Tuck finished with 12 points as the Lady Bulldogs won by a final score of 50-44. Maggie Isenberg scored 8 big points plus she played great defense. Tamara Murphy finished with 4 points and she handled the point guard very well. Shaylee Ellingson and Abby Tuck both had a 3 pointer and they came at a cruical time. Macy Raines finished with 2 points and her rebounding and handling the ball played a big part in this win.
The Lady Jackets scoring totals-Jamey McKoin-15 points-Makenzee Dixon-13 points-Victoria Stewart and Hannah Brooke Ellis each scored 4 points-Jessica Walsh and Christa Hodge each had 3 points and Abby Oldham had 2 points. Lady Jackets that played but did not score.-Haylee Holder and Haley Eden who missed this game due to injuries The Red Boiling Springs Bulldogs came into this game without a district win but they played much better and picked up their first district win by a final score of 51-42. Trousdale County has a lot of talent but Bulldog Coach Michael Owens had his kids ready to play. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-5 first quarter lead but the Jackets took advantage of Bulldogs turnovers and cut the Bulldog lead to 19-16 at halftime. With no time left on the clock Trousdale County’s Rickey Harrison launced a desperate half court shot and as the horn sounded the ball found the bottom of the basket.
Trousdale County was called with 8 fouls in the third quarter and the Bulldogs responded by making 7 of their 15 points in the quarter from the free throw line. Trousdale County kept fighting and thanks to Austin Ford who had 6 third quarter points, the Jackets were still in this game and trailed only 34-28 going to the final stanza. The Jackets could have taken the lead but they missed eight free throws in the third quarter. The 4th quarter is usually when you find what a team is made of and the Bulldogs played team ball as five different players scored. The win was won at the charity stripe as the Bulldogs scored 15 of their 17 total points to claim a big win.
Trousdale County scoring totals-Austin Ford-10 points, Ricky Harrison-9 points, Trace McGuire-9 points, Jacob Woodard-4 points, Colton Gammons-1 point, Braison Raney 2 points, Trysten McGuire 5 points, and Dyson Satterfield came off the bench to score 2 points. The Jackets that played but did not score were: Keyuoat Baines, Austin Harrison, Malkam Brinkley, Byrce Clairborne and Chase Haynes.
Bulldog scoring-Chase Asberry-18 points-Jordan Powell-17 points plus 11 rebounds-Elijah Byfield-11 points and Hunter Kirk finished with 5 points. Justin Bergdorff had his best game playing defense and rebounding the ball but failed to score .Josh Tirjan, Wesley Fleming and Dustin Bergdorff all played well but did not score.
There is a old saying in basketball that is true to this day. Make your free throws and you will usually win. Trousdale County made 3 free throws for the game while the Bulldogs made 21 from the charity stripe.