Grainger Today Correspondent
Cocke County vs. Grainger
In last Thursday’s final regular season home game, the Lady Grizzlies’ calling card was defense as the Lady Red of Cocke County High School had difficulty in putting points on the board. While the Lady Grizzly defense was almost impenetrable, the offense did a workman-like job to post a 49-21 victory. In the first quarter, all five Lady Grizzlies put points on the board to post a 15-5 lead. The second quarter opened with a huge trey from Haley Crowe and was followed by a free throw from Karli Combs for a 19-5 lead. The teams traded points for the remainder of the quarter which ended with a 27-foot trey from Crowe.
Crowe continued her hot shooting to open the second half with a basket that was followed by a trey from Combs and a deuce and a trey from Kaitlin Simon before the Lady Red scored its lone basket of the third quarter as the score stood at 39-16. A trey by Isabelle Stratton was followed by a deuce and a trey from Crowe, and the Granger lead held at 44-16 at the end of the third quarter. After a three-point play by Simon opened the last quarter, coach Justin Combs emptied his bench. A nice turn-around jumper by McKenzie Stratton put the final two points on the board, and the Lady Grizzlies scored an easy 49-21 victory.
In the boys game, the Grizzlies got two baskets from Justin Warner, three free throws from Bryce McBee, a deuce from Nathan Hayes, a trey from Ty Brooks and a big trey from Warner to give the Grizzlies an 18-7 lead. After a trey by the Big Red, Grainger got two baskets from Chase Muncy, a basket from Brooks and closed out an powerful offensive first-quarter with a dunk by James Luttell on a magnificent feed from Dalton Conn.
After blitzing the Big Red for seven points to start the second stanza and build a 34-10 lead, the Grizzlies continued to have their way with the Cocke County defense and held a 43-23 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Big Red came out more focused and poised and took the fight to the Grizzlies and trimmed six points off the Grainger lead at the end of the third quarter. At that point, the treys started dropping for Cocke County, while the Grizzlies had difficulty finding the range. In the first four and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, the Big Red outscored Grainger 16-6 to cut the Grizzly lead to 61-55. However, the Grizzlies settled in and scored a 71-59 victory. Justin Warner, with 21 points, led the Grainger scoring. He was followed by Ty Brooks with 12 points, nine points each for Marquice Fifield and Nathan Hayes and six points each for Dalton Conn and Bryce McBee. For senior night photos, visit www.facebook.com/graingertoday.
Lady Pirates vs.
The Washburn Lady Pirates traveled to Morristown, last Monday, to take on Cornerstone Academy. In a strong performance across the board, the Lady Pirates jumped to an early lead and continued to pad that advantage to score a 62-29 victory. In the first quarter, the Lady Pirates racked up a 17-5 lead and scored 22 points in the second stanza to stretch their lead to 39-16 at the half. With all the Lady Pirates getting an opportunity to play, Washburn didn’t score as many second-half points but were still able to post an impressive victory. Brandy Beeler, with 19 points, led three Lady Pirates in double-digit scoring, while Conner Bowlin scored 16 and Haley Nicley had 10. In addition, Washburn got eight points from Sara Parker, five from MaKensey Lay and two each from Ruthie Tolliver and Rikelle Bowlin.
RMS junior varsity tournament
The Middle-8 Conference junior varsity tournament, which was postponed due to illness, will begin Saturday, Feb. 18 at West View Middle School with the Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneers playing at 10 a.m., and the Pioneers taking the court at approximately 11:15 a.m.