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November 17, 2017

SPORTS DIGEST: Basketball season opens in Grainger County 

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent 

Bean Station basketball 

The Bean Station Elementary School basketball teams played three games in the first week of the basketball season. In their season opener at Hancock, the Lady Buccaneers had no difficulty as they scored a decisive 28-6 victory over the Lady Indians. After opening an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and stretching that lead to 16-4 at the half, the Lady Bucs cruised to a 28-6 win. Bean Station was led in scoring by Taylee Rutherford, who poured in 18 points for the game. She was followed by Anna Dalton, who scored six points, with KatiAnn Dossett, Lacy Mallicoat and Hadassah Zemlicka adding three points each. In the boys contest, the Buccaneers, who were led by Isaiah Kyle’s double-double (15 points and 10 steals), defeated the Indians 34-25. In addition, Bean Station got six points and seven rebounds from Braden Dalton, eight steals and five points from Jaxon Maxey, seven rebounds, two points from Brayden Christian and six assists and two points from Jace Robinson. 

In the second game of the season for Bean Station, the Lady Bucs jumped to a 20-9 halftime lead and recorded an easy 32-20 win over Springdale Elementary. Taylee Rutherford led the Lady Bucs with 22 points. She was followed by Anna Dalton and Hadassah Zemlicha, with four points each, and two points from Hannah Collins. In the boys game, the Buccaneers battled before dropping a 44-34 decision to Springdale. Isaiah Kyle led Bean Station with 15 points and was followed by Braden Dalton, with six points, and Jaxon Maxey, with five points. Jace Robinson, Brayden Christian, Owen Collins and Cadon Cameron added two points each. In their third game of the opening week, both the boys and girls recorded victories in a game played last Thursday at Washburn. In that game, the Buccaneers earned nine points from Marcus Ervin, eight points from Jace Robinson, six points from Isaiah Kyle and four points each from Jaxon Maxey and Owen Collins to score a 43-19 win. Konner Kincaid, with seven points, and Mathew Harville, with six points, led the Pirates in scoring. In addition, Billy Joe Wolfenbarger, Riley Munsey and Landry Coffey added two points each for the Pirates. In the girls game, the Lady Buccaneers remained undefeated as they scored a 22-16 win over the Lady Pirates. Taylee Rutherford led Bean Station, with 10 points, and was followed by Anna Dalton, with six points, and KatiAnn Dossett added two points. Saylor Clay led the Lady Pirates with six points. She was followed by Ebany Hill, Callie  Nicley, Trinady Atkins, Grayson Wolfenbarger and Megan Beeler, who added two points each.   

Washburn basketball 

The Washburn Lady Pirates opened their season last Tuesday night with a home game against Powell Valley. Callie Nicley scored the first two points for Washburn before two baskets by Saylor Clay gave Washburn a 6-2 lead. After a basket by Megan Beeler made the score 8-2 at the end of the first quarter, second quarter baskets by Beeler and Grayson Wolfenbarger gave Washburn a 12-2 halftime lead. In the second half, Wolfenbarger, Carley Lawson and Clay scored baskets to push the Lady Pirate lead to 18-2. After the Lady Indians scored four points, Clay closed out the third quarter with two additional baskets, and Washburn went on to record a 22-13 win. Saylor Clay led the Lady Pirates with eight points and was followed by Callie Nicley, Megan Beeler and Grayson Wolfenbarger, who scored four points each. In addition, Carley Lawson added two points.  

Joppa basketball 

In the season opener for both teams, the Rutledge Pioneers traveled to Joppa to take on the Trojans. After holding a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Trojans, who were led by Brizen Solomon’s nine points, pulled out to a 21-6 lead at the half. Six third-quarter points by Robbie Gowan and four for Landon Foster pushed Joppa’s lead to 33-13 heading into the final quarter. Joppa added 12 points in the final quarter for a 45-13 victory. Johnathon Parton, with five points, and Kade Lucas, with four points, led Rutledge, who also got two points each from Jalen McCollough and Coy Morgan.  

In the girls game, the Lady Trojans were led in scoring by Catelin Newman, with 11 points, and Maddie Hurst, with seven points, as Joppa scored a 25-10 win over Rutledge. In addition, Jenna Watson added three points with Taylor Watson and Emma Ritter adding two.  

After defeating Alpha 35-18 in their second game of the season, the Joppa Lady Trojans traveled to Rush Strong to take on the Lady Plainsmen. In a game that was close the entire time, the Lady Trojans pulled out an exciting 24-21 victory with Maddie Hurst scoring 13 points. She was followed by Catelin Newman, who added six, Marley Hipsher scored three and Taylor Watson added two points.  

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