Lady Grizzlies honored for runner-up finish in TSSAA State Tournament

RUTLEDGE – The Lady Grizzlies basketball team was honored by the Grainger County Board of Education Wednesday, April 7 in recognition of their achievement of finishing runner-up at TSSAA State Tournament. 

The event was held at Grainger High School (GHS) and began with a catered dinner from Salsaritas. After dinner, GHS Principal Mark Briscoe and GHS Athletic Director Chad Tate and Lady Grizzlies Coach Rusty Bishop spoke to the team. Director of Schools Dr. James Atkins told the team he was proud of their hard work and said he enjoyed being able to celebrate an event as special as the Lady Grizzlies’ success at the State Tournament. 

Atkins awarded all 19 Lady Grizzlies basketball players, their head coach and two assistant coaches a replica of the trophy won at the tournament. He said the replica reads “2021 State Runner Up Division I Girls Basketball Class AA”.  

The students hadn’t seen the replica trophies and didn’t know they would be receiving a replica. Atkins said he wanted to surprise the team and said the players were wowed at the gift. 

“I wanted it to be very, very special for the girls, and it ended up being super special for them,” said Atkins.

A replica of the trophy will be placed on permanent display at the Superintendent’s office. 

In addition to honoring the Lady Grizzlies for their success at the State Tournament, Grainger County Schools also honored Senior Matty Tanner for reaching her 1,000th career point by awarding her with the game ball used when she received her 1,000th point, which was scored during the state championship game.