DUNLAP, Tenn.–For the third time this season, Grundy County and Sequatchie County faced off in a district rivalry game to boot.
The Indians found their groove and grabbed their second district win of the season, 58-40. Sequatchie County is 2-1 against the Yellow Jackets thus far, and they’re sure to meet again in the district tournament, so the saga could just be getting started.
Early in the game, though, it looked like the Lady Jackets were ready to take flight in a game with tons of district implications.
“We weren’t rebounding really well in that first quarter,” Lady Indians head coach Ronnie Davis said. “They were getting some uncontested threes. We’ve got to get out there and get a hand in their face.”
Grundy County, though, went cold in the second quarter only putting five points on the board with two made field goals.
“We started defending better, and they started missing,” Davis said. “Their press didn’t bother us a lick. I don’t even know if we turned it over any time against that press. We just started playing better, rebounding better in the second period.”
The Lady Indians, who usually rely on a lot of post play, fell on the guards Jordan Smith and Gracie Tate to stay ahead of the Yellow Jackets for most of the contest. Lacy Nunley led in scoring for Grundy County with 16 points, including two three pointers throughout the game.
“Jenifer Tholken had a pretty good game tonight,” Davis said. “Jordan Smith had a great game, but she didn;t shoot the ball very good. She missed tow layups, but other than that, she played a pretty good game. Overall, our starters played pretty well, though.”
Smith and Tate combined for 36 points, which was just four points shy of what Grundy County mustered up in the district showdown. All that scoring came with a starting five who played all but 2 minutes on the court Friday night.
“We drop off when we have to substitute, except for one position,” Davis said. “Peyton Longson was playing so good, I just left her in there. We’re just not playing a lot of people unless we know we can beat them.”
Depth has been an issue for a lot of Davis’ tenure at Sequatchie County, but when games are won, and no one breaks a sweat, the madness mixes with the method. And in this point of the season, anything can happen, so a little continuity never hurt anyone.
For Grundy County, though, they’ve won two of their last ten games. That eleventh game was their win versus Sequatchie County over a month ago when they were sitting at 2-0 in the district. Now, the Yellow Jackets sit at 2-2 tied for third place in 7-AA with Chattanooga Christian and the Indians, and Sequatchie County holds the tiebreaker over both teams at the moment due to overall record.
The Yellow Jackets sit on the same pedestal as Sequatchie County, searching for one of the top for spots in the district tournament. Even with the surge of Sequatchie County, the Jackets are still in contention for a district title. The Yellow Jackets host Signal Mountain while the Indians introduce Chattanooga Christian to a new-look gymnasium, Both of those contests take place on Tuesday.
GCHS — 18 | 5 | 8 | 9 || 40
SCHS — 18 | 17 | 11 | 12 || 58
GCHS (40) — Lacy Nunley (16), Kristin Weaver (13), Teah Bosio (9)
SCHS (58) — Jordan Smith (19), Gracie Tate (17), Jenifer Tholken (8), Ireland Burch (8)