Volume 53, Number 5

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sports

Lady Bobcats win over Jackson County
secures District

The state ranked #3 Lady Bobcats secured at least a tie for the district championship with a 68-52 win over Jackson Co. a week ago Tuesday at Jackson Co. After not playing a game since Jan 8th, it was expected that the Lady Bobcats would be a little rusty, not to mention that playing at Jackson Co is always very tough. The Lady Bobcats after one quarter 13-12. Our Lady Bobcats went up 16-13 and stayed on top 18-15 before Jackson cut it to one at 18-17. Our Lady Bobcats started to get into foul trouble with Alahna Bilbrey and Abbi Buck each having 2 fouls.
Jackson Co. then went ahead 22-18. Our girls then cut it to 22-19, and soon it was 24-22 with the Lady Blue Devils taking a 29-27 lead at the half. But soon the Lady Bobcats tied the game at 31 all. It was last tied at 33 all before the Lady Bobcats went ahead 36-33. Then it was 38-36, and 41-38 and the Lady Bobcats outscored the Lady Blue Devils 26-11 in the quarter to take ab 53-40 lead after 3 quarters.
The win was sealed when the Lady Bobcats outscored Jackson Co. 15-12. Jayna Ferrell led the Lady Bobcats with 28 points. Tristan McClellan had 16 with Abbi Buck adding 14. Pritchett 4, Hammock 4.
The win gives them a 6-0 district record with an overall record of 18-1. A win over Clarkrange Friday night seals the district championship and the #1 seed in the district tournament.

Lady Bobcats 81, Clay Co. 64

From the final score it would appear to be just another Lady Bobcat blowout, but Clay Co. came to play and gave the Lady Bobcats a challenge Tuesday night in the Bobcat Den.
The Lady Bulldogs played far better than they did on their home court, actually leading at the half in this game, but the Lady Bobcats stormed back in the second half outscoring Clay Co. 43-22.
The Lady Bobcats started the game taking a quick 4-0 lead with scores by Jayna Ferrell and Tristan McClellan, but Clay Co came back to tie the game. Courtney Pitchett then put the lady Bobcats back on top. She then stole the ball with Jayna scoring. Clay Co. cut it to 8-7 with a three pointer. The big crowd from Clay Co. came alive with each Lady Bulldog basket. But of course the Bobcat faithful were far louder. Threes by Abbi Buck and Courtney gave the Lady Bobcats a 14-9 lead, and another by Abbi made it 19-12. It appeared they Lady Bobcats were on their way to another easy win, but Clay Co. was shooting about 65% and was behind just 21-15 at the end of one quarter.
Abbi gave the Lady Bobcats a 24-15 lead with her three to start the 2nd quarter and after Jayna stole the ball and scored it was an 11 point lead. With the score 30-21, Clay Co. hit a three. They were next to score and were given a free throw making it 30-27. Tristan put the Lady Bobcats back up by 5 and Jayna's score made it a 7 point lead. Clay Co. then made a three point play the old fashioned way, followed by a three point goal and the Lady Bobcat lead was just one at 34-33. Gracie Martin's free throw made it 36-34. She stole the ball and scored but a foul took away the points. Clay cut it to 1. Jayna then scored but Clay Co tied the game on a three. A technical was then called on Pickett Co. All most fans could see was a Clay Co. player elbow and push a Lady Bobcat. They missed both technical free throws but hit both foul shots. Then with the ball, they scored to take a 42-38 half time lead.
Some years that could have been a worry, but the Lady Bobcats came out fired up with far too much talent to stay behind. Jayna hit a three to cut it to one. Courtney stole the ball with Savannah Hammock scoring to put the Lady Bobcats back on top. Clay missed a three, Tristan grabbed the rebound and went coast to coast to score. Savannah then gave the Lady Bobcats a 5 point lead. Two threes by Jayna along with 2 steals by Savannah, helped the Lady Bobcats to a 10 point lead, 60-50 at the end of three.
In the final quarter Abbi added another two 3s, and steals by Tristan, and Courtney helped the Lady Bobcats roll to the 81-64 win. Jayna Ferrell had another big night scoring 32 points. Abbi added 19 with 5 threes. Tristan 12, Courtney 10, Savannah 7 and Gracie 1.

Bobcats play
Clay Co. tough

The state ranked #3 Clay Co. Bulldogs (21-1) were given a scare by the Bobcats Tuesday night as our Bobcats matched them score for score through most of three quarters, were up by 5 points in the 2nd quarter, and were still in striking distance with 3 minutes to go.
Clay scored first but the 'Cats came right back on a score by Blake Hughes. With the score 4-2, and Clay Co. with the ball, Ben Neal stole the ball and Blake scored again. Sometimes terrific defensive play by a player can be overlooked with focus on the offense, but Ben gives other teams fits, causing turnovers, stopping scorers and stealing the ball...plus he gets his share of rebounds.
Clay's Tyree Key, their outstanding All State player, scored the next two baskets to put them up 8-4. They then stole the ball and went to the free throw line to make it 9-4. John Michael Ferrell sank two free throws, and after Clay Co. scored again, Dawson Abbott hit his first 3 of the night to cut it to 11-9. The 'Dogs scored and then had the ball on a Bobcat turnover when Trent Young stole the ball and scored. As time was running out, Peyton Rector scored to tie the game at 13 all at the end of one.
With Clay Co. up 15-13, Dawson hit another three to give the Bobcats their first lead of the night at 16-15. The Bulldogs missed two free throws and after a Bobcat missed shot, missed a reverse layup. John Michael then gave the Bobcats an 18-15 lead with Clay Co.'s Edwards calling a time out. When play resumed they missed their shot, Blake grabbed the rebound with John Michael scoring again for a big 5 point lead for the Bobcats. The Bulldogs cut it to one but Brian Gibson put the Bobcats back up by 3. With the score 24-23 Dawson landed another 3 pointer. A free throw by Blake moments later gave the Bobcats another 5 point lead at 28-23. Clay Co. came back to tie the game which ended 32-32 at the half. After the game, I overhead Coach Edwards say that he warned his team that Pickett Co. may be tied with them at the half of this game and he didn't think the team believed him until halftime of the game.
In the 3rd quarter the Bobcats continued to match the Bulldogs scoring with the last tie being at 45 all with 1:35 to go. The Bulldogs then blocked a Bobcat shot, scored and then hit a three to go up by 5. The 3rd quarter ended 50-45. A close in Bobcat shot was off and Clay scored. A Bobcat turnover gave the Bulldogs another scoring opportunity and they pulled away for a 66-54 win. Dawson hit a 1/3 court three at the buzzer to end the game.
While the loss was disappointing for the Bobcats, hearing Bobcats fans talking after the game, it was clear our fans were impressed with the Bobcats' effort. One thing is clear, if the Bulldogs meet the Bobcats in the playoffs, they won't be overlooking Pickett Co. again! Congratulations Bobcats on an outstanding game.
Dawson led the Bobcats with 17 points with 5 threes. Ferrell 8, Young 4, Gibson 8, Hughes 12, Neal 3, Rector 2

Bobcats 62-53 over Jackson County

The Bobcats avenged their upset by Jackson Co. at home in December, beating the Blue Devils 62-53 at Jackson Co. Jackson had their only leads of the game at 2-0, and 4-2, before Dawson Abbott scored and Ben Neal went coast to coast to score to tie the game. Dawson then put them ahead with baskets and a steal, plus another score by John Michael Ferrell to make it 9-4. A Dawson 3 made it 18-10 with the score after one being 18-12.
The Blue Devils would get within 4 at 21-17 but another Dawson 3 gave them an 8 point lead at 25-17. A blocked shot by Ben Neal helped in the Bobcats gaining a 30-23 lead. The Bobcats gained their biggest lead of the half at 33-23 on a Brian Gibson 3. A near half court three by Jackson Co. at the buzzer cut the lead to 33-26 at the half.
In the 3rd quarter a perfect hook shot by Blake Hughes made it 39-33. Jackson cut the Bobcat lead to 39-36 on another three pointer, but the Bobcats pulled away again to lead 43-36 at the end of three. The Bobcats continued to pull away in the fourth quarter. Another Dawson three made it 56-43 and that was followed by a Gibson basket to give the Bobcats a 15 point lead. Jackson co was able to cut it to a 10 point lead before John Michael went coast to coast making it 62-50 and the younger Bobcat talent took over the game.
The win gave the Bobcats a 2-3 district record and gave them a good chance of gaining a 3rd place finish in the district. Friday's home game against Clarkrange is vital in the Bobcats' quest to move up in the district standings.
Dawson Abbott had a huge game scoring 32 points with 5 threes. Ferrell 13, Gibson 11, Hughes 4, Neal 2



Girls' State Ranking
1. Middleton (13) first place votes
2. Gibson County (1) first place vote
3. Pickett County (1) first place vote
4.South Greene
5. Dresden
6. Meigs County
7. Community
8. Jackson County
9. Middle Tennessee Christian
10. Hampton



Pickett County High School 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Feb. 5 Clarkrange - PCHS
Feb. 8 White County - PCHS
Feb. 9 @ Monterey - Monterey
Feb. 12 @ Red Boiling Springs - RBS

All games begin at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Lady Bobcats Coach: Brent Smith Lady Bobcat Assistant: Kayla Gibson
Bobcat Coach: Nathan Aaron Bobcat Assistant: Rhea Ellen Webb
Principal: Jane Winningham Director of Schools: Diane Elder

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