Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Last Thursday in their second game of the week, the Rutledge Middle School basketball teams took on Lincoln Heights in the Pioneer gym. In the varsity boys game, the visiting Patriots hit a pair of quick threes that were partially offset by baskets from Jaxon Williams and Emmanuel Atkins. After a pair of deuces and a trey pushed the Patriots lead to 13-4, two baskets by Atkins and one by Williams cut the lead to 13-10. Lincoln nailed their fourth 3-pointer of the quarter to hold a 16-10 lead at the buzzer.
In the second quarter, the Patriots stretched their lead to 25-14. The Pioneers ended the first half by scoring 10 points in a row. A deuce and a trey from Ty Overbay, a basket and free throw by Williams and two free throws by Atkins cut the Lincoln lead to 25-24 at the half.
After almost two minutes of scoreless basketball opened the second half, Colin Crider gave Rutledge its first lead of the game at 27-25 before a 3-point play by Overbay stretched the scoring streak to 16-straight points by the Pioneers. The hot scoring continued in the remainder of the quarter as five points by Williams, four by Crider and two points from Atkins sent the game to the final quarter with Rutledge leading 41-35.
After Lincoln cut the Pioneer lead to three, Rutledge got a 3-point play from Williams, a basket from Jacob Hill and two free throws by Atkins to push the Pioneer lead to 55-45. At that point, the Lincoln players lost their composure which allowed Atkins to knock down five free throws, and the Pioneer’s stirring comeback notched a 61-47 victory.
Emmanuel Atkins, with 18 points, and Jaxon Williams, with 16 points, led the balanced Pioneer scoring. Additional scoring included 10 points from Colin Crider and eight points from point guard Ty Overbay, who had an outstanding game from that position. Rutledge got four points each from Landon Patterson, Jacob Chamberlain and two from Jacob Hill.
In the varsity girls game, the Lady Pioneers obtained two free throws and a basket from Gracie Jarnagin and a basket by Sydnie Hayes to take a 6-2 lead. After the Lady Patriots knotted the score at 6-all with just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter, a three-point play by Jarnagin and another basket from Hayes ended the first quarter with Rutledge holding an 11-6 lead.
The second quarter opened with two free throws and a basket by Audrey Stratton and a basket from Katie Williams for a 17-9 lead. After a trey by the Lady Patriots, Rutledge received three additional baskets from Stratton and a basket by Caylee Phifer to hold a 27-9 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Lady Pioneers got two baskets from Sydnie Hayes and one basket each from Abby Crowe and Williams to hold a commanding 35-13 lead heading into the final quarter. In those final seven minutes, the Lady Pioneers got a basket from Millie-Beth Hurst, two foul shots from Alia Maloney and one free throw each from Williams and Stratton to post a 41-24 victory.
Audrey Stratton, with 11 points, led the Lady Pioneers in scoring. She was followed by Sydnie Hayes, with eight points, and Gracie Jarnagin with seven points. That trio was followed by Katie Williams with five points, while Abby Crowe, Alia Maloney, Millie-Beth Hurst, Caylee Phifer and Morgan Sykes added two points each.
In the junior varsity boys game, the Pioneers, after trailing 10-8, turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter and shut out the Patriots, while scoring eight points to take a 16-10 halftime lead. In the second half, the Pioneers continued to pull away and scored a 34-21 victory. Ryland Burchett led Rutledge in scoring with 12 points. He was followed by Brady Smith and Drew Benson with six points each, Jacob Hill with five points, Landon Dalton with three and Carter Brisco with two points.
Westview at Rutledge
The Rutledge Middle School basketball teams opened their season with a home game against the Indians from West View Monday, November 13. In the varsity girls game, the Lady Pioneers, who trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, cut the deficit to one at the half as the Lady Indians held a 19-18 lead. In the third quarter, the Lady Pioneers scored only one point, a free throw, from Abby Crowe, which allowed West View to race out to a 31-19 lead heading into the final quarter. In those final seven minutes of regulation play, the Lady Pioneers, who got seven points from Audrey Stratton, connected on 13 free throws and a pair of baskets to outscore the Lady Indians 17-5 to tie the game at 36-all at the end of regulation. In the overtime period, Rutledge got a 3-pointer from Alia Maloney and two points each from Stratton and Millie-Beth Hurst to score an exciting 43-36 overtime victory. The Lady Pioneer defense held the Lady Indians scoreless in the overtime. Alia Maloney, with 12 points, led Rutledge in scoring. She was followed by Audrey Stratton with nine, Abby Crowe with seven, five points each for Millie Beth Hurst and Gracie Jarnagin, four from Raelin Madon and one point for Sydnie Hayes.
In the boys varsity game against West View, the Pioneer’s slow start, four points in the first quarter, allowed the Indians to pull away to a 52-40 victory in the season opener for both teams. Emmanuel Atkins, who knocked down a pair of treys, led the Pioneers with 12 points. He was followed by Ty Overbay, who scored seven points, Colin Crider, who scored six points, and Jaxon Williams, who added five points. In addition, Rutledge got four points each from Landon Patterson and Jacob Hill.
In the junior varsity game, the Pioneers, who were led by Ryland Burchett with 12 points, dropped a 47-34 decision to the junior Indians. In addition to Burchett’s points, the Pioneers received six points each from Brady Smith and Drew Benson, five points from Jacob Hill, three points from Landon Dalton and two points from Carter Brisco.