Volume 52, Number 51

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, December 18, 2014


‘14-15 PCHS Bobcats & Lady Bobcats Basketball Schedule

Dec. 11 Livingston Academy Home
Dec. 15 White Co. Away
Dec. 19 Red Boiling Springs Away
Dec. 22 Gordonsville Home
Dec. 27,29 & 30
Sonic Shootout (Boys) Sparta Away
Winterfest Shootout (Girls)
Sevierville Away
Jan. 2 Clay Co. Home
Jan. 5 White Co. Home
Jan. 6 Clinton Co. TBA
Jan. 8 Oneida Away
Jan. 16 Jackson Co. Home
Jan. 17 Goodpasture Away
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

Abbott's six threes lead Bobcats

The Bobcats win over Monterey Tuesday night gave Pickett County a sweep over their district rivals.
Monterey was favored at home with a more experienced team but it was the Bobcats who out-shined the Wildcats in their 64-54 win.
Monterey scored first and led throughout most of the first quarter and after the Bobcats had taken an 11-9 lead, Monterey came back to take a 13-12 lead after one quarter.
The second quarter began with Dawson Abbott hitting a three to put the Cats up 15-13. John Michael Ferrell then scored to make it a 4 point game. The Bobcats outplayed the Wildcats in route to a 24-17 lead late in the half. But Monterey scored twice on backdoor plays cutting the Pickett County lead to 24-21. A Bobcat turnover and Monterey basket made it a one-point game until Dawson hit another three for a 27-23 edge. Blake Hughes added a free throw for the 28-23 halftime score.
The Bobcats gave ground to the Wildcats in the beginning of the 3rd quarter with Monterey passing the Bobcats at 35-34. Dawson put the Cats back on top with another 3. Threes by Abbott and Dalton Gore gave the Bobcats a 43-38 advantage after three quarters.
Monterey was able to cut the lead to 50-47 with about 3:30 to go but free throws by Brian Gibson, and Ben Neal followed by a John Michael Ferrell steal and another Abbott three put the Bobcats ahead 58-47. The Bobcats gained their largest advantage at 64-51 before a Monterey three made the final score 64-54 Bobcats.
The win on Monterey's home court showed that the Bobcats will be a force to be reckoned with in 7A this season.
The Bobcats were led in scoring by Dawson Abbott with 18 points with Blake Hughes adding 16.
Scoring: Dawson Abbott 18, Blake Hughes 16, John Micheal Ferrell 8, Dalton Gore 8, Ben Neal 8, Brian Gibson 6.

Lady Bobcats crush Lady Cherokees
On Saturday our Lady Bobcats traveled to McMinn Co. to take on the AAA Lady Cherokees and crushed the hosts 72-46. The Lady Cherokees weren't without talent, as they gave the Lady Bobcats a game for the first half. Two threes by Adrianna Thurman and another by Abbi Buck, as well as several steals, helped the Lady Bobcats to a 19-16 first quarter lead.
Ahead 21-16 another Thurman three gave them an 8 point lead and McMinn Co. could come no closer than 4 points in the quarter. The half ended 34-26 Lady Bobcats.
It was all Pickett County in the third quarter as they pulled ahead for a 59-32 lead. A desperation half court shot by the Lady Cherokees went in to end the quarter with the score 59-35.
Threes by Jayna Ferrell, Abbi Buck and Emily Anderson highlighted fourth quarter play. The final score of 72-46 Pickett County gave the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 record.
Jayna Ferrell had 18, Courtney Pritchett 14 and Abbi Buck 13 to lead the Lady Bobcats in scoring.
Pickett Co. 19-15-25-13=72
McMinn Co 16-10-9-11=46
McClellan 10, Ferrell 18, Thurman 11, K. Geesling 2, Buck 13, Pritchett 14, Hammock 1, Anderson 3
Threes: Thurman 3, Buck 2, Ferrell 1, Anderson 1

Lady Bobcats beat Jackson Co. 61-60
The Lady Bobcats took on last year’s state runner up Jackson Co., a team which was also the 2013 state champs, and a team which has gone to the state tournament every year since returning to single A…except for once when it was Pickett County which advanced.
The Lady Bobcats only two wins were a 60-51 win in 2006 at home and 39-37 in the region at Watertown in 2008.
The eight time state champions were favored on their home court once again and did lead the Lady Bobcats most of the game, but it was the Lady Bobcats’ determination coming back again and again which prevailed in the end.
The game started with Jackson Co. winning the tip off but Jayna Ferrell stole the ball with Tristian McClellan score to put the Lady Bobcats on the scoreboard first.
The Lady Bobcats throughout the game were challenged with calls questioned by the crowd and fell behind 12-6 late in the quarter. Janya scored at the end of the quarter to make it 12-8 Jackson Co.
With Jackson Co. ahead 16-12 Abbi Buck's three made it a one-point game but Jackson Co. came back with a three of their own to go up 19-15. Each time the Lady Bobcats would get within 3 points, Jackson Co. would pull ahead again. It appeared they were pulling away for good at 31-22 but the Lady Bobcats weren't about to let that happen. Free throws by Jayna Ferrell and Courtney Pritchett, and then a three by Adriana Thurman made it a 31-27 game. The charge back was completed with Courtney scoring to end the half at 31-29 Jackson Co.
The third quarter saw Jackson Co. go ahead by 6, but the Lady Bobcats cut it back to 35-33. But again Jackson Co. pulled away and went ahead 48-39 late in the 3rd quarter. That quarter ended 50-43.
The final quarter Lady Bobcat scoring began with Kassidy Geesling hitting two free throws. With the score 55-47 Courtney scored to make it a 6 point game. Tristian McClellan was then fouled and cut it to 55-50. The Lady Bobcats got the ball back on a Jackson Co. foul with Jayna scoring to make it 55-52.
With 4:43 to go it was 57-52. Jayna again scored to make it a 3 point game at 57-54. Jackson co. was fouled and missed both shots. They then stole the ball but missed on a three point attempt. With 2:17 to go Jackson Co. fouled Courtney. Her two free throws made it 57-56. Jackson Co. then appeared to walk with the ball but nothing was called and they scored to go up 59-56.
With just over a minute to go Abbi Buck hit a huge three pointer to tie the game and the Bobcat fans roared their approval. With a minute to go Jackson Co. went to the line and hit one of two for a 60-59 lead.
The Lady Bobcats then ran down the clock with Adriana Thurman scoring with just 4.9 seconds to go. The ball then rolled out of bounds through a Jackson Co player's legs but the officials gave the ball to Jackson Co. saying a time out had been called in time.
As they threw it back in, Tristian McClellan stole the ball and ran out the clock for the Lady Bobcat win!
The Pickett County crowd, which was as large, if not larger than Jackson Co's, about blew the roof off with their roar! When the Lady Bobcats came out of the locker room during the boys' warm ups, they again were given a standing ovation by the Bobcat faithful. Jayna Ferrell led the winners with 17 points with Courtney Pritchett adding 15.
Scoring: Ferrell 17, Pritchett 15, McClellan 11, Thurman 7, Buck 6, K. Geesling 5

Jackson County wins on miracle 3
The Bobcats again proved they will be fighting for the championship of 7A when they nearly beat Jackson Co. Friday night.
David Parris hit a three to start the game and throughout the first quarter the lead changed hands until a Ben Neal three put the Bobcats ahead for good in the quarter 12-10. With time running down, Dawson Abbott hit a three to make it 17-11 which was the score at the end of one. In the second quarter it appeared the Bobcats were about to put the game away, with another three by Ben putting the Bobcats ahead 22-12. The Bobcats gained their biggest lead at 26-13 after Dalton Gore dropped in a three pointer, but then their offense stalled. Two threes by Jackson Co. put them back into the game and they were down just 28-22 at the half.
With the score 30-25 the Blue Devils hit another three to make it a two point game. With the score 31-30 they hit another to take the lead, but Dawson's three put the Bobcats back on top. Yet another Jackson Co. three made it a 36-35 game in their favor. A Bobcat three at the end of the quarter was off and Jackson Co led by one.
Blake Hughes gave the Cats a one point lead hitting two free throws. Fouled again he made it 39-36. Jackson Co went back ahead at 42-41 and then hit one of two free throws for a 43-41 lead. Brian Gibson's three pointer made it 44-43 Bobcats. Next David Parris was fouled and he tied the game at 45 all. Jackson Co. then went to the line twice and scored once each time to go ahead 47-45. With about a minute to go Dalton tied the game. With just 9 seconds left Jackson Co. was called for a walk. John Michael Ferrell then drove in for a score to put the Bobcats ahead with just .9 seconds to go. But the officials changed the scoreboard to 2 seconds. Then a very long 2 seconds took place with Jackson Co. getting the ball 2/3 of the way up court, with the Jackson Co. player then twisting around and the tossing a desperation 45 foot throw...after his toss the horn sounded, but to the shock of Bobcat fans, the ball went in. What had appeared to be a sure win for the Bobcats, ended with the Blue Devils on top 50-49.
But, Jackson Co. will be hard pressed to beat the Bobcats in the Bobcat Den in the rematch.
The Bobcats and Lady Bobcats met Clarkrange Tuesday night in a crucial match up of the rivals.
Dalton Gore led the Bobcats with 14 points.
Scoring: Gore 14, Hughes 9, Neal 8, Abbott 6, Gibson 5, Parris 4, Ferrell 3


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