Pickett County girls win first round of Regionals
by: Amanda Hill Bond, Editor
The Pickett County High School Lady Bobcats advanced to the Region Semi-Finals Monday, February 23rd for the first time since 2010. At that time, Kayla Gibson, who is now the Lady Bobcats Assistant Coach, was a Senior playing ball under Coach Brent Smith.
Due to the severe winter weather throughout Tennessee last week, the district tournament consolation and championship games were cancelled for the girls and boys teams for our region. The teams were seeded in the first round of the Region Semi-Finals.
The Lady Bobcats were ranked #2 in District 7 A for their season record and higher seeded teams have the advantage of playing on their home court, however for the first region semi-finals game Pickett County had to travel to Gordonsville to play. The Lady Bobcats beat the Gordonsville Tigerettes 75-44 which has advanced them to the next bracket where they face Watertown on Wednesday, February 25th at 7 p.m. at Watertown High School. The remainder of the rounds in the Region Semi-Finals for all teams will be played at Watertown High School.
Points scored: Tristan McClellan-20, Abbi Buck-10 (with two three-pointers), Sydnee Clark-9, Savannah Hammock-8, Adrianna Thurman-7 (with two three-pointers), Jayna Ferrell-7, Kassidy Geesling-6, Courtney Pritchett-4, Emilee Anderson-2, Jaylin Geesling-1, Liz Logan-1.
Pickett County is not allowed to host post season contests through February 14, 2017. The reason is because of a revised TSSAA ruling from last year's incident between PCHS fans and Alvin C York Institute boys basketball players. Originally, a sanction placed the PCHS boys basketball team on restrictive probation (no post season tournament play or award recognition) through 2014-2015 as well as individual sport probation for two calendar years. After the Pickett County School Administration appealed the ruling, the restrictive probation was lifted which allowed the boys to have post tournament play, but the TSSAA placed the entire PCHS athletic program on probation for three calendar years.
Because the of the corrective actions proposed by the school administration to the TSSAA last year, there will be no pep buses