Grainger Today Correspondent
The Washburn seventh and eighth grade basketball teams traveled to Clinch School in Sneedville Monday, November 20 where both the boys and girls teams posted blowout victories. It was never a close game in the girls game as Washburn received 10 first-quarter points from both Bella Crook and Tori Coffman and two points from Briana Williams. It was more of the same in the second quarter with Crook adding six additional points. Coffman contributed four points and Williams added two as the Lady Pirates put 34 points on the board in the first half.
In the third quarter, Washburn earned two points each from Torie Proffitt, Braelyn Coffey and Coffman as the Lady Pirates continued to pull away. In the final quarter, Washburn received four additional points from Coffman and Summer Crook and two points each from Braelyn Coffey and Shayla Hurst to complete the 52-5 victory. Tori Coffman, who drained a trey and shot four-of-six from the foul line, led Washburn with 20 points. She was closely followed by Bella Crook, who scored 16 points, all in the first half. In addition, the Lady Pirates received four points each from Braelyn Coffey, Briana Williams and Summer Crook, while Shayla Hurst and Torie Proffitt added two points each.
It was a similar blowout in the boys game as Landon Hamic scored seven first-quarter points. Jace Nicley added three points, Caden Atkins contributed two points and Tanner Williams shot one point for a total of 13 points after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Ethan Helton and Williams added four points each and Atkins added one point as the Pioneers put 22 first-half points on the board. Six points from Nicley, four points each from Atkins and Tyler Hurst pushed the Pirates three-quarter point total to 39. Four fourth-quarter points from Ethan Hooper and two from Mason Dalton completed the scoring in the 45-14 victory.
The Pirates had a very balanced scoring attack. Jace Nicley scored nine points and Tanner Williams added eight. Caden Atkins and Landon Hamic added seven points each, while Ethan Helton and Tyler Hurst added four points each for Washburn.
Joppa at Alpha
The Joppa Elementary School basketball teams traveled to Alpha Elementary School in Morristown, Monday, November 20 to take on the Bulldogs. In the boys game, the Trojans took a 12-4 lead at the end of the first quarter on the strength of six points from Robbie Gowan. Brizen Solomon, Braylnn Sell and Kade Williams contributed two points each. In the second quarter, Joppa got three free throws from Sell and a basket from Soloman, but allowed the Bulldogs to outscore them by eight points in the second quarter which ended in a 17-all tie. In the third quarter, Gowan tallied eight points, with Brody Wells adding six points and Solomon two as the game entered the final quarter with Joppa holding a 33-23 lead. In that final quarter, the Trojans got another eight points from Gowan, four points each from Wells and Solomon and a free throw from Landon Foster to pull away to a 52-40 victory. Robbie Gowan, with 22 big points, led Joppa in scoring and was followed by Brizen Solomon and Brody Wells, who added 10 points each. In addition, the Trojans got five points from Bralynn Sell, four points from Kade Williams and one point from Landon Foster.
In the girls game, the Lady Trojans got three points from Marley Hipsher, two each from Taylor Watson and Jenna Watson and one point from Catelin Newman to take an 8-7 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Joppa received three points from Maddie Hurst and two additional points from Taylor Watson as the two teams were tied at 13-all at halftime.
A scoreless third quarter for Joppa was followed by Alpha building a big lead and coasting to a 33-17 win. Taylor Watson, with six points, and Maddie Hurst, with five points, led Joppa, who also got three points from Marley Hipsher, two from Jenna Watson and a point from Catelin Newman.
Springdale at Bean Station
The Bean Station Elementary School Lady Buccaneers hosted Springdale Elementary School from Tazewell, Monday, November 20 in their final game before the Thanksgiving break. Taylee Rutherford threw in 10 big first-quarter points to spark the Lady Bucs, who roared out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter of play. In addition to Rutherford’s points, Bean Station got four points each from Anna Dalton and Hadassah Zemlicka and two points each from Harlie Seibers and KatiAnn Dossett. For the remainder of the game, coach Mica Rutherford used her starters sparingly. With most of the starters on the bench, the Lady Bucs got two second-quarter points each from Hannah Collins, Lacy Mallicoat and Seibers to up the lead to 28-6 before coasting to a 36-14 victory. Rutherford finished the game with 14 points and was followed in scoring by Anna Dalton, Hadassah Zemlicka, Harlie Seibers and Hannah Collins, who scored four points each. In addition, KatiAnn Dossett, Jaycee Susong and Lacy Mallicoat added two points each in the easy victory.