February 23, 2018

Grainger splits district games at Cumberland Gap

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

CUMBERLAND GAP – Last Tuesday, the Grainger High School basketball teams traveled to Cumberland Gap to take on the Panthers in important District 2-AA games.

Except for freshman Tori Rutherford’s trey, deuce and two free throws, the Grainger Lady Grizzlies put on a lackluster performance in the first and second quarters of the game. One basket and a free throw by Abbey Hodge were the only other points, and the Lady Grizzlies held only a 10-7 lead after the first eight minutes of the game. In the second quarter, Matty Tanner with a trey and Rutherford with a basket and free throw were the leading scorers. Grainger also got a pair of free throws each from McKenzie Stratton and Hodge and a basket by Haley Crowe to give the Grizzlies a 22-16 halftime lead.

That changed after coach Justin Combs’ halftime talk with the team. Haley Crowe and Isabelle Stratton both knocked down a trey and a pair of deuces. One basket each from Rutherford and Sydney McCubbins completed Grainger’s scoring as the Lady Grizzlies pulled out to a 40-22 lead. Grainger then outscored Cumberland Gap by seven to finish off a 52-27 victory and improve their overall record to 8-0 and 2-0 in the district.

Haley Crowe, with 13 points, and Tori Rutherford, with 12 points, led the Grainger scoring punch which included seven points each for Isabelle Stratton and Abbey Hodge, six points for Sydney McCubbins, four for McKenzie Stratton and three for Matty Tanner.

In a low scoring boys game, the Grizzlies got a pair of baskets from Jacob Bunch, a trey from Darren Goen and a deuce from Marquice Fifield to open a first quarter lead of 9-4. That lead did not last long as the only points put on the board by Grainger was a trey by Goen. However during the second quarter, the Panthers added 12 points to take a 16-12 halftime lead.

The low-point production continued for both teams in the third quarter as Bunch added two baskets and a free throw and Fifield added two foul shots to account for the Grizzlies’ seven points. On the defensive side, the Grizzlies held the Panthers to only six points but still trailed 22-19 entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Grainger’s offensive production improved as Bunch knocked down a trey, a pair of deuces and two free throws. Jeb Hurst and Brody Grubb added one trey each with Fifield connecting on a free throw. However, the 16 points by the Grizzlies wasn’t quite enough as Cumberland Gap scored 15 to hold on for a 37-35 victory. With the loss, the Grizzlies record dropped to 1-1 in District 2-AA play.

Jacob Bunch, with 18 points, was the only double-figure scorer for Grainger. He was followed by Darren Goen with six points, Marquice Fifield with five and three each for Brody Grubb and Jeb Hurst.

The next action for Grainger will be Thursday night when they take on the Chuckey-Doak Black Knights in a game that was rescheduled because of the threat of snow last Friday.

In the junior varsity girls’ game, the Lady Grizzlies were led by Kolbi Walker, who connected on a pair of treys and four deuces to score 14 first-quarter points. In addition, Grainger  got a trey from Haleigh Stalsworth and a basket from Lauren Longmire to take  a 19-4 lead after the first quarter.

With the game no longer in doubt, the Lady Grizzlies coasted to a 48-27 victory. Walker added a trey, a deuce and a free throw in the fourth quarter to complete the game with 20 points. She was followed by Haleigh Stalsworth with nine points, Josie Harbin with eight, Lauren Longmire with seven and four from Allison Ramsey.

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Grainger splits district games at Cumberland Gap

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

CUMBERLAND GAP – Last Tuesday, the Grainger High School basketball teams traveled to Cumberland Gap to take on the Panthers in important District 2-AA games.

Except for freshman Tori Rutherford’s trey, deuce and two free throws, the Grainger Lady Grizzlies put on a lackluster performance in the first and second quarters of the game. One basket and a free throw by Abbey Hodge were the only other points, and the Lady Grizzlies held only a 10-7 lead after the first eight minutes of the game. In the second quarter, Matty Tanner with a trey and Rutherford with a basket and free throw were the leading scorers. Grainger also got a pair of free throws each from McKenzie Stratton and Hodge and a basket by Haley Crowe to give the Grizzlies a 22-16 halftime lead.

That changed after coach Justin Combs’ halftime talk with the team. Haley Crowe and Isabelle Stratton both knocked down a trey and a pair of deuces. One basket each from Rutherford and Sydney McCubbins completed Grainger’s scoring as the Lady Grizzlies pulled out to a 40-22 lead. Grainger then outscored Cumberland Gap by seven to finish off a 52-27 victory and improve their overall record to 8-0 and 2-0 in the district.

Haley Crowe, with 13 points, and Tori Rutherford, with 12 points, led the Grainger scoring punch which included seven points each for Isabelle Stratton and Abbey Hodge, six points for Sydney McCubbins, four for McKenzie Stratton and three for Matty Tanner.

In a low scoring boys game, the Grizzlies got a pair of baskets from Jacob Bunch, a trey from Darren Goen and a deuce from Marquice Fifield to open a first quarter lead of 9-4. That lead did not last long as the only points put on the board by Grainger was a trey by Goen. However during the second quarter, the Panthers added 12 points to take a 16-12 halftime lead.

The low-point production continued for both teams in the third quarter as Bunch added two baskets and a free throw and Fifield added two foul shots to account for the Grizzlies’ seven points. On the defensive side, the Grizzlies held the Panthers to only six points but still trailed 22-19 entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Grainger’s offensive production improved as Bunch knocked down a trey, a pair of deuces and two free throws. Jeb Hurst and Brody Grubb added one trey each with Fifield connecting on a free throw. However, the 16 points by the Grizzlies wasn’t quite enough as Cumberland Gap scored 15 to hold on for a 37-35 victory. With the loss, the Grizzlies record dropped to 1-1 in District 2-AA play.

Jacob Bunch, with 18 points, was the only double-figure scorer for Grainger. He was followed by Darren Goen with six points, Marquice Fifield with five and three each for Brody Grubb and Jeb Hurst.

The next action for Grainger will be Thursday night when they take on the Chuckey-Doak Black Knights in a game that was rescheduled because of the threat of snow last Friday.

In the junior varsity girls’ game, the Lady Grizzlies were led by Kolbi Walker, who connected on a pair of treys and four deuces to score 14 first-quarter points. In addition, Grainger  got a trey from Haleigh Stalsworth and a basket from Lauren Longmire to take  a 19-4 lead after the first quarter.

With the game no longer in doubt, the Lady Grizzlies coasted to a 48-27 victory. Walker added a trey, a deuce and a free throw in the fourth quarter to complete the game with 20 points. She was followed by Haleigh Stalsworth with nine points, Josie Harbin with eight, Lauren Longmire with seven and four from Allison Ramsey.