The Jacksboro Middle School boy’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start this year after road wins over Wartburg and Oneida.
Ethan Simpson poured in 23 points, including a pair of three-pointers during the last minute of Monday night’s game at Wartburg, to force overtime.
Once in OT, Bo Farris hit a clutch trey to help the Eagles prevail, 51-46. Farris finished with eight points.
Jacksboro opened the season with a 35-31 victory at Oneida as Simpson scored 12 points.
“We’re small, but we’re pretty quick,” said Dean Branam, longtime head coach at West LaFollette Elementary who is now an assistant coach for the Eagles.
“We’re battling, and playing hard.”
The Lady Eagles haven’t found much success yet. Jacksboro’s girls are 0-2 after tough losses to Wartburg and Oneida.
Hannah Owens led the Lady Eagles with 15 points and four rebounds in a 45-33 defeat at Wartburg. Kristy Owens chipped in 10 points and five rebounds followed by Jamie Mynatt with seven points and four rebounds, Whitney Sawyer with three points and Whitney Williamson two points.
The Lady Eagles did themselves in with 21 turnovers.
Jacksboro also had a 26-21 setback to Oneida.
“We lost our starting five from last year and eight 8th graders,” said Lady Eagles’ coach Wanda Snodgrass.
“We have a young team and are trying to find a combination that will work well together on the floor. We expect to improve as the season progresses.”