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January 20, 2018

Washburn travels to Greenback

John Dunn
Grainger Today Correspondent

GREENBACK – In District 2A action, the Pirates of Washburn High School traveled to Greenback to take on the Cherokees Friday, December 15.

In women’s action, the Lady Pirates looked to continue the winning success they have had throughout the course of the season. Prior to the game with the Cherokees, the Lady Pirates had amassed a record of 8-0. With victories over all their opponents to this point, the Lady Pirates were riding a wave of success, excitement and pressure. Unfortunately, sometimes the ball does not bounce their way, and the team faced a tough night. This was the case for the Lady Pirates as the Lady Cherokees proved to be too much. Beginning in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates were off to a shaky start offensively. The Lady Pirates only scored eight points in the first quarter, and things did not get much better from there. Without scoring double-digit points in any quarter of the game, the Lady Pirates fell behind too far from the Lady Cherokees to overcome. By halftime, the score sat at 34-13 in favor of the Lady Cherokees. After the half, both teams played on near-equal terms for the remainder of the game. The Lady Pirates only allowed 19 points throughout the second half of action, equaling what they had given up in the first quarter. Although adjustments were made and the game was equal throughout the second half, the Lady Pirates fell to the Lady Cherokees by a score of 53-29. Washburn’s 29 points were their fewest through any contest thus far in the season. Their 13 rebounds, both offensive and defensive, were also the fewest they had amassed this season. According to the website MAXpreps.com, the Lady Pirates currently rank 31st in the state of Tennessee in District-A basketball.

The Lady Pirates next look to rebound against in-district rival, Jellico.

In men’s action, the Pirates looked to build off an impressive 33-point win over in-district foe, TSD, played December 7. The Pirates are currently playing without two key role players, and looked to their bench to step up with a “next man up” mentality. Both teams battled on near-even terms throughout the game. Outscoring the Cherokees by three points in the first half, the Pirates were playing well on both ends of the floor. The game continued to be played on even terms throughout the duration of the contest, however, the Greenback Cherokees finished on top, 74-71. Although it was a well-fought effort for Washburn, the size difference in the paint, and the athleticism of Greenback, proved to be too much for the Pirates to sustain.

The Pirates next game will be against in-district foe, Jellico.

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