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Lady Eagles win in county tourney

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By Robby O'Daniel

The Jacksboro Elementary girls basketball team defeated Valley View, 32-12, in a county tournament first-round matchup last Tuesday at Jacksboro Middle School.

“I thought we come out real strong,” said John Philpot, Jacksboro head coach. “Our press worked real well. We run a 1-2-2 press. We kept the ball on their end of the court, and so that made it a lot easier on us, kept that strong. We rotated the ball real well. Some of our shots at the beginning of the game, we took from the outside, and I wanted to get some inside shots. It seemed like we were way too playing out in the perimeter a little bit more than I liked, but we come out good and aggressive, and I’m proud of them.”

Aleeyah Woodson led the Lady Eagles with 14 points, according to official stats, followed by Destiny Rutherford (6), Jaci Collins (6), Kenzie Heatherly (4) and Preslee Chapman (2).

“Destiny Rutherford is our point guard, and she’s played with me since third grade — third, fourth and fifth grade — and without her, we just can’t get the ball up the court,” Philpot said. “We have Aleeyah Woodson and Jaci Collins, and they’re both post players. Then I also have Kylee Mosier, who, it’s the first year she’s playing — fifth grader but first year she’s playing. And she comes off strong, rebounds for me, doesn’t score a lot, but she contributes a lot to the team.”

Valley View’s points were split between Kylie Ivey (6), Laeya Kingsley (2), Kaylee Partin (2) and Jessa Riggs (2), according to official stats.

Other games

Elk Valley Elementary’s girls cruised past Jellico, 27-6.

According to official stats, Hannah Brewer led the way for the Lady Elks with 13 points, followed by Avari Owens (8), Emilee Morgan (4) and Willow Cottrill (2). Emma Huddleston, Shelbey Silcox and Angel McGlade chipped in 2 points each for Jellico.

Wynn Elementary’s girls team defeated White Oak, 32-6, according to official stats. Kelly Jo Bolton led Wynn with 11 points, followed by Kaylen Buttram (6), Macy McCullah (4), Madison Miller (4), Maggie Adams (3), Sarah Yowell (2) and Shelby Douglas (2). Chloe Evans, Cierra Davis and Carissa Allen each had 2 points for White Oak.

Caryville defeated LaFollette 38-2. According to official stats, Colie Thompson led the Lady Cardinals with 12 points, followed by Bella Lester (10), Emma Kate Lawson (6), Lacey Pemberton (6), Tessa Burress (2) and Reagan Davis (2). Meghan Laurance scored LaFollette’s 2.