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Eagles stay in hunt for TMSAA crown

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By Dwane Wilder

Jacksboro’s boys remain the only Campbell County middle school basketball team in contention for a large-school division championship.

The Eagles crushed Wartburg, 55-27, Saturday afternoon in the Area 2 North consolation game to advance to sub-sectional play this week.

Ethan Simpson poured in 19 points to lead all scorers while Jacksboro teammate Jordan Kindred chipped in 14. Afterward, both boys were named to the all-tournament team.

Simpson scored a combined 42 points in three tournament games. He had 12 points Friday night during a 45-41 semifinal loss to Oak Ridge-Robertsville and 11 Thursday night during a 50-40 opening-round victory over Oneida.

Kindred led the Eagles with 13 points against Oneida. Jacksboro won the game despite missing 24 foul shots.

Jacksboro’s Skylar Williams reached double figures against Robertsville with 10 points.

Robertsville defeated Jefferson in an all-Oak Ridge boy’s championship game.

On the girl’s side of the bracket, LaFollette advance to the semifinals, and then got one last shot to make the sub-sectionals. However, the Lady Owls suffered a 35-25 loss Saturday to Wartburg in the consolation game that eliminated them from the tournament.

No LaFollette scorer was able to reach double figures. Rachel Harris led the Lady Owls with six points. Alli Freels and Alex Aytes carried Wartburg with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

LaFollette had been beaten 46-27 by Oak Ridge-Robertsville during Friday’s semifinals. Niki Ward was the Lady Owls’ top scorer with seven points, followed by Emily Byrge and Chelsea King with six each. Robertsville had two players — Whitney Mitchell and Kendra Holmes — score 16 points each.

The Lady Owls opened tournament play on Thursday with a 34-24 win over Lake City. Chelsea King and Samantha Leach led the victory parade with 11 points each. Ward collected eight rebounds. Leach and Harris combined for 11 steals.

Dianna Oglesby led Lake City with eight points, including six in the fourth quarter on a pair of three-pointers.

Leach played the first two tournament games with an injured hand, and was also sick during Friday’s semifinal game, as were Harris and King. Harris played the last two games with a hurt ankle.

“Our injuries and sickness really took a toll on us,” said LaFollette coach Marsha Morton.

“We just couldn’t get our offense going on Saturday.