Volume 52, Number 4

ten pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sports

14-15 PCHS Bobcats & Lady Bobcats Basketball Schedule

Jan. 23 Clay Co. Away
Jan. 24 Red Boiling Springs Home
Jan. 27 Gordonsville Away
Jan. 30 Clarkrange Away
Feb. 3 Monterey Home

Lady Bobcat Coach: Brent Smith
Lady Bobcat Assistant: Kayla Gibson
Bobcat Coach: Nathan Aaron
Bobcat Assistant: Luke Mason




Lady Bobcats roll 82-46


One of the best teams in the state, our state ranked #10 Lady Bobcats, met one of the worst, Goodpasture 2-17, last Saturday night with the Lady Bobcats winning 82-46. The game was basically over with after the second shot when Abbi Buck hit a three pointer and the Lady Cougars would never recover. By the end of the quarter it was 22-3. Adrianna Thurman had a three in the quarter, and there were steals by Jayna Ferrell, Courtney Pritchett, and Tristan McClellan...who also scored on an impressive hook shot.
Savannah Hammock came into the game in the second quarter and played an excellent game. A highlight of the 2nd quarter was a steal by Jayna Ferrell. A Lady Cougar made the mistake of holding the ball up over her head to pass it and Jayna just grabbed it away and headed the other way for a score. (She did it again later in the game as well) Late in the half, an alert Emilee Anderson, tied up a Goodpasture player, with possession going to Goodpasture, which gave the ball to the Lady Bobcats to start the third quarter. The half ended 43-14.
Surprisingly, the third quarter belonged to Goodpasture, which wasn't without some talent. They were good on their free throws, and hit a three in the quarter. The Lady Bobcats had two threes in the quarter, one each for Abbi and Alahna Bilbrey. But, the team was outscored 18-12 in the quarter which ended 55-32.
It was all Lady Bobcats again in the final quarter with Abbi hitting two threes, and Tristan stealing the ball before some of the other Lady Bobcat talent took over with the score 68-39. Jayln Geesling was just seconds into the game when she grabbed a rebound, Savannah sank two free throws soon after, Sydnee Clark showed some good moves under the basket to score three baskets, plus she grabbed several rebounds, and Emilee Anderson hit a three pointer. Liz Logan showed some smart play by bringing the ball back out rather than forcing a shot, and by doing so gave Savannah the chance to score. Playing nearly 6 minutes, this group outplayed the Goodpasture starters.
Tristan McClellan led all scorers with 20 points. Pritchett 7, Buck 14, Ferrell 11, K. Geesling 3, Bilbrey 5, Thurman 3, Hammock 6, J. Geesling 1, Anderson 3, Clark 6, J. Geesling 1


Bobcats beat Jackson County

The Bobcats beat Jackson Co. on Friday night 73-65, giving them a 2-3 district record and dropping JC to 3-2. In the game at JC, the Bobcats were ahead with .6 on the clock, but an official gave the Blue Devils 2 seconds, and somehow in those two seconds they threw the ball to about half court, dribbled, fumbled with the ball, grabbed it, turned and shot hitting an unlikely three, with the horn sounding a second later.
But Friday was the Bobcats' night as they rallied for the win. The Bobcats started off with a 4-0 lead, and with a three by John Michael Ferrell, went ahead 10-4. But three threes down the stretch by Jackson Co. gave them the lead at 16-14 after one quarter. After Jackson Co. took a 19-14 lead, the Bobcats scored 7 in a row to go ahead on a basket by Dalton Gore. late in the quarter the Bobcats were down by just 2 at 29-27 after Dawson Abbott hit a three. But Jackson Co. pulled away for a 35-27 halftime lead.
The Bobcats scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to go ahead 38-35. A Brian Gibson three made it 43-38. Jackson Co. cut it to 45-42 when Brian hit another to make it 47-42. The quarter ended 47-44 with the Bobcats outscoring Jackson Co. 20-9 in the quarter.
The Blue Devils stole the ball to start the final quarter and soon were ahead 48-47 until Dawson's three put the Bobcats back on top. He then hit another with Dalton also hitting a big three for a 56-48 Bobcats lead and a JC time out.
With 4 minutes to go it was a 4 point game at 58-54, but excellent free throw shooting by John Michael making 10 of 12 free throws sealed the win for the Bobcats. Dalton Gore also had a big night scoring 18 points and grabbing a lot of rebounds. Brian Gibson's and Dawson Abbott's 3 threes, Dalton's 2, David Parris' 1 and John Michael's 1, gave the Bobcats 10 threes for the game.
Ferrell led the Bobcats with 20 points, Abbott 10, Hughes 9, Gore 18, Parris 3, Gibson 13.
They play at Clay Co. Friday night against a very tough 1st place Bulldog team...but a team which was beaten at home by a weak RBS team, a team the Bobcats beat by 30 at RBS. With strong performances by all the Bobcats, they can win at Celina. Head to Celina Friday night and help the Bobcats and Lady Bobcats come home with wins!



Lady Bobcats lose to Jackson Co.

The Lady Bobcats lost an important district game against Jackson Co. Friday night, but at 4-1 remained in first place.
The Lady Bobcats made several runs at the Lady Blue Devils, but up by 5 with a minute to go, Jackson Co. pulled away on free throws.
It just wasn't the Lady Bobcats' night as their shots just wouldn't connect, they had a long layoff since their last game, and if you were there, or listened to the broadcast on WANY, you'll know what the officiating was like.
Jackson Co. grabbed a quick 5-0 lead, in part due to an unguarded three pointer. Jackson Co. was ahead 13-4 when Tristan McClellan hit a three to cut it to a 6 point game but soon it was 20-9. A Pritchett pass to Geesling who scored followed by Courtney scoring made it 22-13. JC missed with Courtney draining a three making it 22-16. Kassidy then stole the ball, Jayna scored and it was now just a 4 point game. They had a chance to cut it to just two but a poor pass went out of bounds and the quarter ended 22-18.
Courtney scored to start the 2nd quarter making it a 2 point game. But again, JC pulled away to go up 31-21. Our Lady Bobcats again battled back with Jayna's three pointer making it 33-29. The girls had a chance to make it a two point game at the half, but after running down the clock, started their play with too little time left and had to rush a last second shot.
JC outscored the Lady Bobcats 15-10 in the third quarter, and had it not been for Tristan's three late in the quarter, they would have been down more. Their threes just wouldn't drop in a 6 for 22 three point shooting night. In one of the worst calls of the night, Tristan stole the ball at halfcourt and as she went in for the score, the officials heard Coach Brown calling for a time out and awarded it to Jackso Co., giving the ball after the time out!
In the 4th quarter with 6 minutes to go, Tristan hit another three to make it a 5 point game. JC went ahead by 9 at 56-47 before the Lady Bobcats cut it to just 5 points with a minute to go, but their next three pointer was off and Jackson Co. pulled away for the win.
If Jackson Co. loses to Clarkrange on Friday night, that will leave them in 3rd place. The Pickett Co./Clarkrange game on the 30th will decide the district champion. If JC beats Clarkrange, and Pickett Co. beats Clarkrange, the Lady Bobcats will be the champions. A Clarkrange loss at JC and a Pickett Co. loss at Clarkrange will mean a three way tie for first (unless Monterey or Clay Co. upset any of the teams).
Scoring: McClellan 13, Pritchett 13, Ferrell 9, Bilbrey 4, Geesling 9, Thurman 3



Huge Bobcat
rally falls short

For over three quarters at Goodpasture Saturday night, the Bobcats were just having a bad game. If it weren't for John Michael Ferrell's scoring and play making, it could have been much worse. But the way the whole team played in the final quarter had the Bobcat faithful on their feet, cheering on the Bobcats as they shut down an impressive Cougar team.
A three pointer by John Michael put the Bobcats ahead 5-0 to start the game, but 5 threes by Goodpasture in the first quarter put the Bobcats behind 25-17 after the first quarter. The Bobcats had three threes in the quarter, one each by John Michael, Brian Gibson and Dawson Abbott. Poor passes and missed shots hurt the Bobcats in the 2nd quarter with Goodpasture extending their lead to 39-24 by the half. The third quarter again was a tough one for the Bobcats falling behind by 26 points at one point. But things were about to change. Late in the quarter Dawson hit a three making the score 61-40 at the end of three.
With the score 67-44, David Parris was fouled and made both free throws. Next Dalton Gore sank two. The Bobcats then stole the ball and shortly after Blake Hughes added a free throw. Dawson hit another three to make it a 19 point game. From this point on it was total bobcat domination in the game. A player control foul was called and Goodpasture and Dawson hit another for a 71-55 score. Then Ben Neal nearly stole the ball and with Goodpasture choking under tremendous Bobcat pressure, they were called for a double dribble. Dalton Gore quickly drove in for a reverse layup and all the while the Bobcat fans were standing cheering on the great come back by the Bobcats.
Wilting under the Bobcats' defense, Goodpasture's pocket was picked by Dawson, he scored and it was 71-59. Next Ben Neal had a huge steal for the Bobcats with Blake Hughes dropping in a three making it 71-62! But there just wasn't enough time left in the game to catch the Cougars. Had there been four more minutes left in the game, I believe everyone in the gym would have agreed that the Bobcats would have pulled this game out. Goodpasture went 2-6 at the line for their final points down the stretch. The game ended with David Parris stealing the ball with Dalton going to the free throw line for the Bobcat's final point. The game ended 74-63 but the Bobcat fans gave the Bobcats a huge standing ovation for their amazing come back try, outscoring Goodpasture 30-15, after being down by 26.
If the Bobcats can bring that same intensity to the rest of their games this season, there is no telling what they can achieve. If they bring that fourth quarter play to Clay Co. Friday night, the Bulldogs may be in for a surprise.
John Michael led the Bobcats with 21 points. Abbott 16, Gore 13, Hughes 6, Neal 2, Parris 2, Gibson 3.


Upper Cumberland Statistical Leaders
In the girls' Upper Cumberland Statistical leaders (covering all AAA, AA and A schools...19 schools in all), Jayna Ferrell is 2nd in scoring with 15.6 points per game. Abbi Buck is 9th at 13.0 and Courtney Pritchett 16th at 10.7. In rebounding Jayna and Courtney are tied for 8th with 6.1 per game. Tristan McClellan is 2nd in assists with 5.8 and Jayna is 8th with 3.6.
In boys' statistics John Michael Ferrell is 9th in scoring at 15.1, and Dawson Abbott is 13th at 13.5.
In rebounding Blake Hughes is 13th. In assists, John Michael is 4th at 5.1.
In 7A standings, the Lady Bobcats remain in first at 4-1, Clarkrange is 3-1, Jackson Co. is 3-2, Clay Co. is 1-3 and Monterey 0-4.
In boys', Clay Co. is 4-0, Jackson Co. is 3-2, Clarkrange is 2-2, Pickett Co. is 2-3 and Monterey is 0-4.




Junior High girls going to final four
The Pickett County Jr. High Basketball girls have made their 5th straight year to the final four in the James C. Haile State Tournament held in Murfreesboro.

The Jr. High Lady Bobcats beat North Elementary School out of Grundy Co. with a final score of 38-16.

According to Coach Matt Ferrell our basketball program has been the only team in any division currently that has a five year streak into the final four. With that being said this team of girls have never known a time when their team was not playing in the final four of the tournament.

The Pickett Co. Jr. High Lady Bobcats will play their next game on Monday, January 26th against the winner between Allons, Friendship Christian and South Fentress.

The Jr. High Lady Bobcats will also being attending the TNT State tournament held in February where they will be trying to make it for four straight trips to the final four of that tournament.

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