Campbell County basketball teams had a rough go of it Monday night during opening round action of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Area 2 Tournament at Anderson County High.
Lower-seeded teams eliminated both Jacksboro’s girls and LaFollette’s boys.
The No. 6 Lady Eagles fell 34-28 to No. 7 Lake City.
Point guard Whitney Sawyer led Jacksboro with nine points, followed by Jamie Mynatt and Kristi Owens with eight each, and Whitney Williamson three.
The Oglesby sisters — Cayla and Dianna — outscored the Lady Eagles by themselves. Cayla scored 16 of her game-high 24 points in the first half, as Lake City built an 18-13 lead.
Sawyer tied the game 20-20 with a three-pointer in the third quarter, but the Lady Lakers scored seven unanswered points to close out the third period.
Lake City was up by eight points, 31-23, in the fourth quarter when Jacksboro made another run. Williamson’s three-pointer during the final minute got the Lady Eagles within three, 31-28.
But the Oglesby sisters were clutch down the stretch. Cayla was 4-of-6 from the charity stripe during the final six minutes. Meanwhile, Dianna hit a timely trey to finish the game with five points.
Jacksboro finished the season at 7-11 overall. Lake City evened its record at 8-8 and advanced to play No. 3 LaFollette in the tournament quarterfinals tonight (Thurs.) at 7 p.m.
LaFollette’s boys, seeded sixth, dropped their tournament opener, 47-42, to No. 7 Wartburg.
Austin Langley was a formidable force down the stretch for the Bulldogs. He scored half of Wartburg’s 16 fourth-quarter points and finished the game with a team-high 13. Aaron Hamby chipped in nine points for the winners.
The Owls produced three scorers in double figures — point guard Corey Poteet with 15 points and forwards Isaac Phillips and Tyler Tomblin with 12 and 11, respectively — but it wasn’t enough to offset Wartburg’s balance.
LaFollette trailed most of the game. Poteet swished a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer to cut a six-point deficit in half, 25-22.
The Owls were down by one, 31-30, going to the fourth quarter where they missed several free throws that would’ve tied the game or put them in the lead. LaFollette went 20-of-32 from the charity stripe for the game.
Brandon Lee and Tyler Bolton chipped in two points each for the Owls, who finished the season at 8-10 overall. Despite the loss, LaFollette enjoyed a warm reception from Jacksboro fans, who cheered on the Owls as they came out for pre-game warm-ups.
Wartburg improved its record to 8-10 and advanced to the quarterfinals to face No. 3 Clinton.
Opener for Eagles
No. 5 Jacksboro will face No. 4 Oneida in a boy’s quarterfinal game today (Thurs.) at 5:45 p.m.