Grainger Today Correspondent
WASHBURN – The Lady Pirates of Washburn High School were in action Tuesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 21. The Lady Pirates first squared off against the Lady Blue Devils of Jellico High School from Campbell County. The Lady Pirates, prior to the game, sat at 8-1 on the season. The lone loss coming at the hands of the Greenback Cherokees, December 15.
The Lady Pirates looked to rebound against in-district foe, Jellico, and rebound they did. After a well-paced game between both teams, Washburn took a three-point lead into the locker room at the half. When play resumed, both teams had obviously recharged at the half. The Lady Pirates and Lady Devils teams came out striking in the third quarter. Jellico had it’s best offensive quarter up to that point, but so did Washburn. By the end of the buzzer, the Lady Pirates led by six points. The fourth quarter was the best quarter offensively for both teams, with Washburn scoring 19 points and Jellico scoring 16 points. By the end of the game, the Lady Pirates proved to be too much for Jellico, winning by a score of 49-40. The Lady Pirates moved to 9-1 on the season.
In the second game of the week, in-district rival Cosby came to town to take on the Lady Pirates. The Lady Eagles got off to a strong start offensively, scoring 24 points though the first two quarters of action.
The half ended with Cosby leading Washburn, 24-11. Cosby seemed to find a reasonable amount of success on second chance points, and a high percentage of buckets around the rim. The Lady Pirates would not give up. After Cosby scored the first five points of the third quarter, Washburn went on to an impressive 18-0 run to tie the game heading into the final quarter. Cosby would go on to outscore Washburn by five in the fourth, leading them to a 47-42 victory over the Lady Pirates.
In men’s action, the Pirates of Washburn looked to rebound against in-district foe, Jellico. After losing a close bout with district rival Greenback, Washburn looked to come out swinging against the Blue Devils of Jellico. The first three quarters of the game were played on almost completely even terms. Jellico took a two-point lead into the locker room at the half. The even nature of the game did not seem to take a turn until the final quarter. Jellico outscored the home team Pirates 22-10 in the fourth.
The Blue Devils’ fourth quarter effort was too much for the Pirates to overcome. Pirate Noah Waller had a monster game, scoring 34 points. Austin Coffman and Colton Nicely added six points apiece, and Brandon Harville added nice points as well. The Pirates delivered a hard-fought effort, but the victory went to Jellico, 70-55.
In the second game of the week for the boys, the Pirates faced off against another in-district foe, Cosby High School.
The Eagles of Cosby came out firing, taking a commanding 15-6 lead after the first quarter. Washburn’s offense seemed shaky and could not capitalize on high percentage buckets. The Cosby offense was playing as well as the defense in the second quarter of the game. Cosby never looked back after outscoring Washburn, 25-2, in the second quarter. The Eagles soared to a 65-21 victory over the Pirates. The Eagles offense and defense proved to be far too much for the Pirates to overcome.