RUTLEDGE – After a slow start to the season, the Grainger High School Grizzlies basketball team has kicked things into high gear. They have now won six games in a row. The sixth win in the long streak came Thursday, January 7 when Grainger beat West Greene, 67-51.
Jaxon Williams led Grainger with 22 points, with 14 of those coming in the second half when the Grizzlies pulled away from the visiting Buffaloes. Emmanuel Atkins got hot in the last period and he dropped 11 of his 20 points in the final eight minutes.
The Grizzlies are currently 7-5 overall and in second place in the district standings at 4-1. They will have a light week with a scheduled Tuesday visit from Cumberland Gap as their only matchup.
Grainger vs. Jellico
Grainger traveled to Jellico Tuesday, January 5 to face the Blue Devils. A big third period, where Grainger outscored Jellico 32-13, was the push the Grizzlies needed. They picked up an 84-62 win over the Blue Devils.
Jaxon Williams scored 13 points in the third period. He netted nine of those from behind the three-point line. Grainger was raining threes as they finished the game with 12. Brody Grubb led the Grizzlies with 19 points, followed closely by 16 points from Tristan Warfield. Emmanuel Atkins finished the game with 14 points.
Big Red vs. Grizzlies
The Grizzlies opened the new year with a narrow win. The beginning of 2021 was a successful one for the Grizzlies as they fought off a furious comeback by Cocke County to prevail, 59-58.
Playing at home, Grainger looked to be in control with 5:08 left in the game and they led 48-33. The final few minutes of the contest belonged to the visitors from Newport. Cocke County had a key player that scored 10 points down the stretch. He was able to get the game down to a one-possession contest, but the Grizzlies had just enough to fight off the rally.
Emmanuel Atkins led Grainger with 15 points. Jaxon Williams and Brody Grubb each pitched in 12 points.
Ty Overbay scores for Grainger High School in their 67-51 victory over West Greene High School Thursday, January 7. For story, see page LT4. Visit www.graingertoday.com for additional photos.