Lady Blue Devils finish up summer slate

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By Robby O'Daniel

The Jellico High School Lady Blue Devils ended their summer scrimmage slate on a high note with a 20-plus-point victory over Rockwood at Jellico High School on Saturday.

Maryville Christian had defeated Jellico in the team’s other scrimmage earlier that day, 43-27.

Previously Jellico played in four scrimmages across two days on June 11 and June 13 in Lynn Camp, starting with June 11 scrimmage losses against Middlesboro and Lynn Camp, Jellico head coach D.J. Osborn said.

Not every Lady Blue Devil was available to play for most of the team’s scrimmages, he said.

After the loss to Jackson County on June 13, Jellico played Lynn Camp again — the third time this summer — and lost by just 1 point, Osborn said.

“We played Lynn Camp again on the 13th, and they ended up winning that game by 1 on an illegal-screen call off an in-bound play with 4 seconds left,” Osborn said.

Though the team still practiced, last Saturday was the end of summer scrimmages for the Lady Blue Devils, Osborn said.

“I think that we learned mostly that in order for us to be able to be competitive in the regular season, what we’re going to have to do is find a way to get extra possessions offensively,” he said. “So really in the second scrimmage of both days at Lynn Camp and then all day Saturday, I thought we did a pretty good job of giving ourselves another opportunity on the offensive end. So we chased the offensive boards pretty good.”

Osborn talked about how the team adjusted last Saturday from the first scrimmage loss against Maryville Christian to the win over Rockwood.

“We struggled, especially in the first half, to really close out on the shooter after that extra pass, but in the second game, we had figured out we’ve gotta rotate to wherever the shooter’s going to be and kinda anticipate the pass,” he said. “So I think those two things are going to be primary for us — crashing the boards and playing hard defensively — and we should be pretty competitive.”