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Lady Eagles keep hope alive for championship

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By Dwane Wilder

Jacksboro’s girls moved a step closer to their ultimate objective Monday night with a 46-17 victory over Horace Maynard in the quarterfinals of the Tennessee Middle School Area 2 North Basketball Tournament at Anderson County.

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Whitney Williamson scored 12 points to pace the Lady Eagles, who improved their record to 17-1 overall. Jacksboro advanced to Thursday’s semifinal round to face Clinton, a 32-28 quarterfinal winner over LaFollette. Thursday’s game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.

Also scoring for Jacksboro was Whitney Sawyer with nine points, all from behind the arc; Hannah Owens with eight; Jamie Mynatt six; Olivia Brown five; and Michaela Smith, Megan Caudill and Shianna Marlow two each.

Williamson got nine of her points during the first half, when the Lady Eagles raced out to a 22-9 advantage.

Chelsea Fuston led Horace Maynard with six points.

Clinton eliminated LaFollette’s girls earlier Tuesday. Amber Guy led the Lady Owls (9-9 overall) with eight points, followed by Chelsey Finkenbine and Kendra King with six each, Faith Evans five and Marie Roach three.

Erika Hawn carried Clinton with 11 points.

The Lady Owls had opened tournament play with a 48-27 win Saturday afternoon over H.Y. Livesay.

In opening-round boy’s action on Saturday, Jacksboro defeated H.Y. Livesay, 45-28, as Darin Gillenwater scored 15 points and Jacob Clowers had nine. The Eagles advanced to Wednesday’s quarterfinal round to take on Oak Ridge-Robertsville.

LaFollette’s boys crushed Soldiers Memorial, 58-19, in first-round action on Saturday. Austin North and Jeffrey Herrell led the Owls with 14 and 10 points, respectively. LaFollette opened the game with a 21-3 run and held SMMS scoreless until the final minute of the first quarter.