DUNLAP, Tenn.–Signal Mountain played spoiler Friday night as Sequatchie County head coach Ron Davis went for his 1,00th career coaching win.
If you were looking at Davis for confirmation, though, you might not know that he was anywhere near that milestone as his Indian squad fell 59-43 in a key district matchup.
“The 1,000-win thing doesn’t really mean much to me,” Davis said. “We’ve played a lot of games, and we’ll play a lot more. We’ll win another one to get to 1,000. To me, it’s just another ball game.”
Sitting in 2nd-place in District 7-AA, Signal Mountain needed the victory to lock up their seeding behind top-dog Bledsoe County. Sequatchie County could have potentially picked up 2nd with the win and have the potential to decide it against Bledsoe County in February.
“That game could put us in fourth place,” Davis said. “We have the tiebreaker over Grundy, though. This loss will put us to where we’ll have to win a game in the district tournament to go to the region tournament. Of course, if you get beat, you’re out, and that would be with the region tournament here in Dunlap this year.”
The Indians started off pretty close against the Eagles with their usual starting five, but near the midpoint of the first half, the Eagles were finding a way to keep a constant lead with some great play in the paint from Maia Rackel. Jordan Smith, Gracie Tate, and Ireland Burch continued to counter late into the first half.
The Indians, though, didn’t seem to struggle as much as the Eagles were just hitting shots.
“We wanted to beat the press and we did,” Davis said. “We didn’t turn the ball over that much tonight. Then we didn’t get the boards. We didn’t rebound good. Their big girl–she’s just an eighth-grader–killed us.”
As the game went on, though, Davis was able to work with depth, which was something he was unable to do before the midseason addition of sophomore guard Chloe Barger who started the second game of her Sequatchie County high school career.
“She helped us a lot tonight,” Davis said. In fact she’ll probably start the next ball game. she made a couple of bad passes early, but she’s going to have to quit trying to thread the needle as much. She’s a good team player, and she’s eligible to play, so we’re going to play her. If she’s better than some of our starters, she’s going to start.”
The Eagles’ margin was down to nine points at the half, but as the second half came and went, the margin grew to double digits in the 20-point range. Signal Mountain picked up their second win of the season over Sequatchie County while remaining in the hunt for a district 2-seed.
The Indians host Marion County on monday to try and avenge the December loss in Jasper while continuing to chase Davis’s 1,000th win. The Eagles play host to district foe Grundy County on Friday February 3rd.
SMHS — 12 | 13 | 26 | 8 || 59
SCHS — 7 | 12 | 10 | 14 || 43
SMHS (59) — Olivia Koontz (20), Mary Witherspoon (11), Kendall Davis (11)
SCHS (43) — Gracie Tate (13), Ireland Burch (12), Jenifer Tholken (8)