Grainger Today Correspondent
In a match played Thursday, November 16, the Washburn Middle School Pirates basketball team jumped to an early lead and then easily pulled away from Heritage Christian to record a 39-11 victory. In a game in which 10 players scored, the Pirates were led by Ethan Helton, Rance Shipe and Ethan Hooper, who helped the team with six points each. They were followed by Landon Hamic, Dillon Renner and Jace Nicley, who added four points each. In addition, Tanner Williams added three points with Caden Atkins, Cameron Taylor and Mason Dalton adding two points each.
In the girls game played Friday, November 17, Tori Coffman tossed in 11 first-quarter points, added nine more in the second quarter and five additional points in the third stanza to roll up 25 points in the Lady Pirates 47-22 victory over Wynn. Coffman was followed in scoring by Braelyn Coffey, who scored nine points, with Izabella Crook and Briana Williams adding four points each. In addition, the Lady Pirates earned three points from Shayla Hurst and two from Summer Crook.
Washburn Elementary girls
The Washburn Elementary girls basketball team opened the 2017 season by finishing second in a tournament held at Heritage Christian. In its first game, the Lady Pirates scored a victory over host Heritage Christian. Callie Nicley and Megan Beeler led Washburn with four points each. Saylor Clay added five points, with Ava Dalton and Grayson Wolfenbarger adding two points each.
In their second game in the tournament, the Lady Pirates scored a 29-2 victory over SMMS. In that game, Saylor Clay tossed in 16 points to lead the Lady Pirates, who also got four points from Megan Beeler, three from Callie Nicley and two each from Natalie Harville and Ebany Hill.
In the third game, a 19-4 victory over Hancock, Saylor Clay, with nine points and Callie Nicley, with six points, led the Lady Pirates. Washburn also received two points from Natalie Harville and Megan Beeler. Game four of the tournament was a rematch against Hancock, with the Lady Pirates scoring a 17-2 win. In that game, Saylor Clay led the Lady Pirates with seven points. Megan Beeler added four, while Callie Nicley, Ebany Hill and Trinady Atkins added two points each. In the final game of that tournament, the Lady Pirates dropped a 15-11 decision to Horace Maynard. Megan Beeler and Saylor Clay, with four points each, and Ebany Hill, with three points, accounted for the Lady Pirate points.
In later games, the Lady Pirates scored a 22-13 win over Powell Valley. Saylor Clay led all scorers with eight points. She was followed by Callie Nicley, who added four, followed Grayson Wolfenbarger, Megan Beeler and Carley Lawson adding two points each. In additional games, Washburn scored a 25-4 victory over Midway as Megan Beeler led the Lady Pirate scoring with 12 points. In addition, Washburn got four points each from Abigail Epperson and Natalie Harville, with Saylor Clay adding three points and Callie Nicley contributing two.
In more Grainger County elementary basketball action, the Lady Pirates scored a 27-10 victory over Rutledge as Megan Beeler scored 15 and Saylor Clay added eight points. In addition, Callie Nicley and Natalie Harville added two points each.
In an exciting game between Washburn and Joppa, the Lady Trojans scored a close 30-29 victory.
In the game, the Lady Pirates got nine points from Callie Nicley, eight from Megan Beeler, seven from Ebany Hill and five from Saylor Clay. In a game played without Saylor Clay, the Lady Pirates dropped a 31-25 decision to Bean Station. In that game, Megan Beeler scored 10 points and was followed by Callie Nicley with eight, Ebany Hill with five and Grayson Wolfenbarger with two. In an additional game, the Rutledge Lady Pioneers scored a 24-13 win over Washburn, who recieved six points from Ebany Hill, five from Megan Beeler and two from Trinady Atkins.
Bean Station at Rutledge
Last Thursday evening, the Bean Station Elementary Buccaneer basketball teams traveled to Rutledge Elementary to take on the Pioneers. In the girls game, the Lady Bucs got two points each from Hadassah Zemlicka, KatiAnn Dossett and Taylee Rutherford to score six first-quarter points. Thalia Santana, with four points and Addison Brickey, with two points, matched the Bean Station points. The first quarter ended in a 6-all tie. In the second stanza, the Lady Bucs got three points from Rutherford and two from Jaycee Susong to take an 11-8 lead. Santana scored a pair of second-quarter points for Rutledge. In the third quarter, Anna Dalton scored four points and Rutherford two to hold a 17-12 lead after the third quarter. Summer White and McKenna Kee scored two points each for Rutledge. In the final quarter, Rutherford scored four points with Dalton adding three. Zemlicka added two points for Bean Station. Brickey added four points and Kee one point for Rutledge in the final quarter as Bean Station scored a 26-17 victory. Taylee Rutherford led Bean Station with ll points. She was followed by Anna Dalton with seven, Hadassah Zemlicka with four and two each for KatiAnn Dossett and Jaycee Susong.