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Middle school basketball teams get mixed results

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By Dwane Wilder

After a forgettable 0-3 start, the Jacksboro Middle School girl’s varsity basketball team has won three of its last six games, including key conference victories over Oak Ridge-Jefferson and Clinton.

The Lady Eagles’ most recent victory came Thursday night against visiting Clinton. Hannah Owens led a balanced attack with eight points as Jacksboro won 29-15.

Jamie Mynatt added seven points while Whitney Sawyer and Kristy Owens had four each for the Lady Eagles, who improved their record to 3-6 overall.

Jacksboro’s varsity boys are 5-4 overall following their 40-24 loss to Clinton. Skylar Williams and Jordan Kindred paced the Eagles with eight points each.

In other middle school roundball action Thursday night, host LaFollette split a pair of varsity games with Wartburg.

The Lady Owls won, 49-28, with a balanced effort led by guards Samantha Leach and Rachel Harris, each of who scored 12 points. Harris got all of her points--including a pair of treys--during the second half for the Lady Owls, who improved their record to 6-2 overall.

Chelsea King finished with nine points for LaFollette, followed by Niki Ward with eight points and five rebounds; Hannah Ayers six points; and Lauren Heatherly, Emily Byrge and Cheyenne Powers two points each.

Powers also had five rebounds.

Kristie Phillips scored 12 points for Wartburg, which had the game tied 15-all at halftime. The Owls had a one-point lead going into the fourth quarter of their game against Wartburg, but couldn’t hang on. The visitors won, 39-34, with Austin Langley netting nine of his game-high 21 points in the final eight minutes.

LaFollette had no player score in double figures. Isaac Phillips led the Owls with eight points, followed by Matt Bolton, Gunner St. John and Corey Poteet with six each; Cody Seiber four; Tyler Tomblin and Rolston Letner two each.

In junior varsity action, LaFollette’s girls picked up a one-point win, 22-21, at the Christian Academy of Campbell County.

Chesley Finkenbine led the Lady Owls with six points, followed by Amber Guy with five, Marie Roach and Kendra King four each, Faith Evans and Katie Hamblin two each.

Sarah Matlock led all scorers with 10 points for CACC, followed by Olivia Dupuy with six, Monica Ward and Michaela Thomas two each.