Grainger Today Correspondent
BRISTOL – The Grainger High School Lady Grizzlies traveled to Bristol Wednesday to participate in the 22nd annual Frank “Doc” Maples Holiday Hoops Invitation played in Viking Hall on the campus of Bristol High School.
In their first action of the tournament, the Lady Grizzlies took on the Sullivan East Lady Patriots and wasted no time in showing their dominance. Grainger scored 27 points while limiting the Lady Patriots to 10 first-quarter points. Although Grainger scored only 18 points in the second quarter, the Lady Grizzly defense held Sullivan East to only seven in pushing their lead to 45-17 at the half.
The runaway continued in the third quarter as the Lady Grizzlies padded their lead by eight points. They outscored the Lady Patriots 25-17 to up their lead to 70-34 heading into the final eight minutes of the game. With a running clock in the final quarter due to the mercy rule, each team scored 12 points, and the Lady Grizzlies moved into the tournament semifinals with an 82-51 victory.
In the game in which all 13 Lady Grizzlies saw action, Grainger was led in scoring by Haley Crowe, who connected on a pair of treys and totaled 19 points. She was followed by freshman Tori Rutherford, who also connected on a pair of treys and added 16 points for the Lady Grizzlies. An outstanding game by freshman Matty Tanner, who connected on a trio of treys and totaled 13 points, was followed by 12 points from Isabelle Stratton, who also connected on a pair of treys. Sydney McCubbins was the fifth Lady Grizzly to hit double figures with 11 points. In addition, Abbey Hodge, who connected on a trey, totaled five points. Kolbi Walker, McKenzie Stratton and Lauren Longmire added two points.
Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 58 Grainger 51
In the second semifinal game of the “Doc” Maples Holiday Hoops Invitation, the Grainger Lady Grizzlies took on the Lady Indians from AAA Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett. In the first quarter, the Lady Grizzlies and the Lady Indians battled on even terms. The game was tied at 14-all at the end of the initial eight minutes of play. In the second quarter, the Lady Indians held Grainger to only six points while scoring 17 to send the teams to the locker room with Dobyns-Bennett holding a 31-20 lead.
The Lady Grizzlies did not give up in the third stanza, but instead put 19 points on the board while holding the Lady Indians to nine points; cutting the Dobyns-Bennett lead to 40-39 heading into the final eight minutes of the game. In the fourth, the Lady Indians outscored Grainger 18-12 to post a 58-51 victory.
The Lady Grizzlies had four players in double-digits as Sydney McCubbins, Tori Rutherford and Haley Crowe each scored 11 points. Abbey Hodge knocked down a pair of treys and totaled 10 points. In addition, Isabelle Stratton, who knocked down one trey, added four points. Haleigh Stalsworth and Matty Tanner both connected on two-of-two free throws for Grainger.
In the three-point shooting contest, Isabelle Stratton, the second shooter in the contest, put up 12 points but came in second as Hailie Hatcher, from host school Tennessee High School, hit her 13th shot just before the buzzer to win the competition.