RUTLEDGE – Folks will have to excuse the Grainger High School Lady Grizzlies if they feel a little tired these days.
Grainger played seven basketball games in 11 days and were victorious in five of the seven, improving to 15-2 on the year, and remaining perfect in league play at 5-0.
The Lady Grizzlies played Thursday, January 7 in a game that was moved up a day due to the threat of bad weather, and rolled to an 80-26 win over visiting West Greene High School. Lauren Longmire had 16 points to lead Grainger. Matty Tanner added 12 points with Tori Rutherford and Alia Maloney each chipping in 10 points in the win.
The Lady Grizzlies started the game by scoring the first 13 points of the contest. The lead swelled to 20-4 before the Lady Buffs made things interesting as they cut the lead to 22-14. Things did not stay interesting for long, however, as the Lady Grizzlies turned up the defensive intensity on one end of the court that led to easy baskets on the other end and they cruised the rest of the way.
Grainger will get a much-deserved slowdown in the schedule as they have one opponent on the docket this week, that being the Cumberland Gap Lady Panthers who are scheduled come to The Den Tuesday night for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.
Grainger vs. Chuckey-Doak
The Lady Grizzlies traveled to Chuckey-Doak Tuesday, January 5 for a makeup game. After a rather uneventful first period, the Lady Grizzlies scored the final 13 points of the first half to go up 41-12 at the break. They never looked back and they blasted the Lady Black Knights of Chuckey-Doak, 69-22. The game was a makeup of an earlier contest that was postponed when the Lady Grizzlies were in quarantine.
Tori Rutherford led Grainger with 12 points, Alia Maloney added 11 points and Audrey Stratton had 10 points.
Big Red vs. Lady Grizz
Cocke County came to Grainger Monday, January 4 and Lauren Longmire hit a career milestone. Longmire scored her 1000th point of her career as she finished the game with 15 points to lead Grainger to a
72-47 victory over Cocke County.
Sydnie Hayes netted 14 points for the Lady Grizzlies, followed by 12 points from Alia Maloney and 11 points from Tori Rutherford.
After a slow first period, Grainger opened the second with 15 points in a row to blow the game open.
They eventually padded the lead to 36-17 at the half and never looked back from that point on.