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Five county teams qualify for East Tennessee Tourney

By Dwane Wilder

 A record five teams will represent Campbell County this weekend at the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association East Sectional Basketball Championships.

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After finishing first and second, respectively, in the Area 2 Tournament, the boy’s teams from LaFollette and Jacksboro advanced to the sectional tournament being hosted by Sevierville Middle School.

The Owls were awarded a first-round bye and won’t play until Monday at 6:15 p.m. 

The Eagles have a first-round sectional game on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

Jacksboro’s girls will open sectional play on Saturday immediately before their boy’s team takes the floor. The Lady Eagles finished as Area 2 runners-up last week after a 39-30 loss to Oak Ridge-Jefferson in the girl’s championship game.

Whitney Williamson led Jacksboro (16-3 overall) with 8 points, followed by Krista Williams with 7, Olivia Brown 6, Brooke Bane 5, Courtney Charles and Michaela Smith 2 each.

Williams, who made the all-tournament team, hit a buzzer beating 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to give Jacksboro an 8-6 advantage. The Lady Eagles led 18-13 at halftime and were up by 2 going to the fourth quarter, where Jefferson outscored them, 19-8.

Tournament MVP Nikki Lee and Mattie Livengood paced Jefferson with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jellico, which had never qualifed a team for sectional play, had two teams advance from the Area 2 small school division.

The Blue Devils finished second in their tournament after a 45-29 loss to Fairview from Scott County on Saturday. Jellico got to the boy’s title game with a 48-34 win over Robbins on Thursday. Michael Lambdin had 16 points and Austin Plank 13 to lead the way.

The Lady Blue Devils (15-6) also finished as Area 2 runners-up to Winfield. They defeated Burchfield and Robbins to get to the finals. 

Jellico will open sectional play on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (girls) and 6:45 p.m. (boys) at Catlettsburg School in Sevier County.