Another great Lady Bobcat/
Bobcat season comes to an end

 

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer

 One of the best basketball seasons ever for Pickett County is now  over but next season looks to be just as promising.

LADY BOBCATS
  The Lady Bobcats of course with their 30-3 record, third straight
trip to the state tournament and super individual performances by each Lady Bobcat, gave the loyal Lady Bobcat fans another season to remember.
 Losing senior Abbi Buck, who set the school 3-point record this
season, will be tough. Kassidy Geesling, her steals, blocked shots,
rebounds and many key baskets will be equally missed. But, this is always a part of high school basketball and their contributions will long be remembered! Thank you Abbi and Kassidy!

    But next year the Lady Bobcats may just be the favorites to win
it all. Many fans, and most Lady Bobcat fans, believe that they may have been the best team this year, and if not for a slow first half against the eventual champion South Greene at the state tournament, would have been state champions this year. They certainly outplayed the Lady Rebels in the 2nd half and outscored them 38-31.

 Returning will be starter Courtney Pritchett, District
Tournament  MVP and region Tournament MVP, and could be a Miss Basketball candidate next year. Gracie Martin, district defensive player of the year, who could be counted on to score 3’s and key baskets as well, will also be a top player again. Savannah Hammock, who also was on all tournament teams, was a key rebounder, often was high scorer and was also a great defensive player. Sophomore Aaliyah Brown returns and while she wasn’t a starter, played extensive time in each game and often was top scorer including her impressive 23 points at the state tournament. She will also be one of the best in the district next year.
    Talented underclass members Elly Smith, Haley Burton, Emma
Zachary and Tyra Johnson saw plenty of action, coming in to rest
starters and to protect Lady Bobcat leads. They usually saw playing time against opponents starters and played evenly with them if not better!

    Add to this talent pool will be an outstanding  group of
freshmen, who were 2-time state champions as 7/8 team members. Also,
some of these freshmen were on the National Championship 7th Grade  AAU team.

    Gone will be South Greene to AA, along with many private schools who will move to Division II, Watertown to AA, Marion County to AA.
Next year will see an easier region group. But, the Sub-State will no longer be easy as it has been vs. Chattanooga’s weak team.

The teams who may be in the region from the other district: District 5: Ivy Academy (Soddy-Daisy, TN), Richard Hardy Memorial School (South Pittsburg, TN), South Pittsburg High School (South Pittsburg, TN), Van Buren Co. High School (Spencer, TN) and Whitwell High School (Whitwell, TN). None are expected to be up to 7A strength next year.

The teams who may be in the Sub-State include: District 7: Dayspring Academy (White House, TN), Grace Christian Academy - Franklin (Franklin, TN), KIPP Nashville Collegiate School (Nashville, TN), LEAD Academy (Nashville, TN), Merrol Hyde Magnet School
(Hendersonville, TN), Republic High School (Nashville, TN), STEM Prep Academy (Nashville, TN) District 8: Cascade High School (Wartrace, TN), Cornersville High School (Cornersville, TN), Eagleville High School (Eagleville, TN), Fayetteville High School (Fayetteville, TN), Huntland High School (Huntland, TN), Moore Co. High School (Lynchburg, TN). Only Huntland and Morre County are expected to be strong, but both were top 10 teams this year.

    The Lady Bobcats should be the pick to win the district, the tournaments and head back to the state for the 4th straight year!

And of course our Coach Brent Smith is a key to our girls’ success. He was Coach of the Year for the 4th straight time and led the Lady Bobcats to their third straight state tournament!

BOBCATS
   The Bobcats also had a great season unexpectedly going to the Sub-State, coming in 2nd in the district regular season, and 2nd in the district and region tournaments.

    The Bobcats lose Jake Smith to graduation. Jake came off the
bench often to grab key rebounds, made important steals and key baskets and will be missed. Thank you Jake for your contributions.

 Back are all the starters including top scorer Dawson Abbott who
will be one of the top players in the district once again. His three
pointers always bring a roar from the Bobcat fans, but he also has many rebounds a game plus steals. Brian Gibson will again be a key with his rebounding, blocked shots and his scoring will be a key next season. Very impressive was Bryson Yorke who saw little playing time a year ago but started this year and was an all tournament pick in the playoffs. With a year’s experience under his belt, there is no telling how great his season will be next year. Clay Smith saw many starts and his 3-point shooting and steals were an important part of Bobcat play. Another outstanding season was Trent Young’s, now a starter, with his ball handling, 3 pointers and defensive play helping the Bobcats to their big season. Talented freshman Parker Gore showed a great deal of potential and will only be an even stronger player next year.

    The talented bench included Will Garrett, Evan Caudle, Luke Smith and Cole Sells, all played an important role in this year’s success and can look forward to increased playing time next year.

  Impressive was Coach Amonett’s season leading  the Bobcats to a second place finish in the district, district and region tournaments and to the first Pickett County boys’ Sub-State since 2007 against CSAS.

    The Bobcats should be the pick to win the district next year and battle it out with Monterey and Van Buren County for the region title. Another Sub-State game  and possible state tournament ticket are very good possibilities as well!

    Have a great spring, summer and fall…tip-off is less than 8
months away!

So close! 67-62 Lady Bobcats second best in tournament

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer

    For the third straight year the Lady Bobcats drew the team in the first round that would go on to win the state championship. The year before last they led Middleton almost to the last minute before Middleton pulled away and two games later were state champs. Last year it was South Greene which the Lady Bobcats drew first, PC fell behind, made a run but fell short  and S. Greene won it all. This year it was South Greene up first and they had to fight off the Lady Bobcats in the second half to hold on for the win, 67-62. They beat Clarkrange, who only had to beat a 18-15 Perry County, a 22-13 Hampton team which only scored 27 points against Clarkrange, for the championship by the score of 66-57 against the Lady Buffaloes.

 While the Lady Buffaloes fell behind in the 2nd half, the Lady 
Bobcats did the opposite, falling behind in the 1st half, and coming back to within 2 late in the game.
 The Glass House had a huge turnout of loud Lady Bobcats fans with South Greene also having a great turnout.
 The Lady Bobcats had first possession with Courtney Pritchett 
scoring first. The Lady Rebels then scored, with PC giving the ball 
back on a foul. S. Greene scored but Pickett Co. came right back with Abbi Buck scoring. S. Greene then hit a 3…7-4. Again Courtney scored and S. Greene turned the ball over. Another PC foul gave the ball back to the Lady Rebels and they scored to go ahead 9-6. A Lady Bobcat three was off with S. Greene then scoring to go up 11-6.

 At that point Aaliyah Brown came into the game and immediately drove to the basket to score, bringing loud cheers from the huge Lady Bobcat crowd.  Both teams turned the ball over before Aaliyah again drove in and cut the score to 11-10. After a missed S. Greene shot, the Lady Bobcats were called for a walk and S. Greene scored. A Lady Bobcat shot was off, then a Lady Rebel walk wasn’t called and they scored and hit a free throw to go up 16-10. Aaliyah was then fouled in the act of shooting and her shots cut it to 16-13 after one quarter. S. Greene then went ahead 18-13, Pickett Co. walked and S. Greene scored. Coach Smith called a time out and the girls responded. Aaliyah scored, S. Greene missed with Aaliyah going to the free throw line and sank both…20-17. She then stole the ball and scored, 20-19 and the Lady Bobcat fans were roaring!
 S. Greene went up 23-20. It then appeared that Gracie Martin was fouled but they called it on our girls and S. Greene took advantage of that call and hit a three…26-19. Gracie was fouled a minute later and cut it to 26-20 but S. Greene then scored…28-20. A bad pass gave the ball back to the Lady Rebels and they went ahead 30-20. Then another turnover gave the Lady Rebels another score and it was 32-20 and things looked bleak. But our Lady Bobcats fought back. Aaliyah drove to the basket and scored. S. Greene hit two free throws and then Gracie sank two for the Lady Bobcats. The half ended with S. Greene going back to the line for 2 more points and at halftime it was 36-24.

  The 3rd quarter began with Gracie driving to the basket to score 
but S. Greene responded with a 3 for their biggest lead at 39-26. 
Aaliyah then scored. After S. Greene fouled, Kassidy scored…39-30. S. Greene missed a shot and it was Courtney scoring. When the Lady Rebels missed a shot, it looked alike the comeback would continue as the Lady Bobcats raced down the court but a layup was off and our girls were called for a foul. But, S. Greene didn’t score and Abbi was fouled…2 free throws made it 39-34.

    The Lady Rebels scored an old fashioned 3, then got the ball back and scored to go up 46-34. Gracie then scored and added a free throw. S. Greene scored then soon after were fouled and hit one of two free throws…49-37. Down by 12, Gracie hit a three…49-40. The Lady Rebels hit one of two free throws…50-40. Gracie then dropped in another three pointer…50-43. Then a terrible call on Savannah Hammock gave S. Greene two free throws…52-43. Courtney drove in to score…52-45. Savannah then had a huge steal with Gracie scoring…52-47 and with seconds to go a Lady Bobcat three was off at the buzzer. They had outscored the Lady Rebels 23-16 in the quarter.

    The final quarter began with Abbi hitting a three and the lead 
was now just 52-50! The Pickett County fans were on fire! S. Greene scored and then the worst call of the night gave S. Greene the ball back on a Lady Bobcat charge. Abbi was then called for her 5th foul with S. Greene making one of two…55-50. Aaliyah scored…55-52. Then S. Greene appeared to charge but it wasn’t called on them and they went up 57-52. Aaliyah then scored again…57-54.  No three second call was called on the Lady Rebels and they scored. Courtney then drove in to score and it was 61-56. The Lady Bobcats were called for a foul…63-56. Gracie then drove in to score…63-56. Gracie Martin then scored…
63-58. It was then Savannah leaving the game on her 5th foul and the score was then 64-56.

    Courtney was fouled and sank both shots making it 64-60 with 25.9 seconds to go. The Lady Rebels went to the free throw line…65-60. Aaliyah then drove in to score 67-62 but South Greene scored as time ran out escaping with a 67-62 win. Had there been a few more minutes in the comeback, the Lady Bobcats may have advanced.

    Aaliyah led the Lady Bobcats in scoring with 23 points, 2 
rebounds and 3 steals. Kassidy Geesling 3 rebounds, Courtney 
Pritchett 8 rebounds and 12 points, Abbi Buck 2 rebounds, 1 three and 7 points,  Gracie Martin 5 rebounds, 2 threes, 1 steal and 18 points, Savannah Hammock 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 points, Elly Smith 1 rebound.

    The Lady Bobcats shot 53.3% to South Greene’s 50%. The Lady 
Bobcats had 3 threes to the Lady Rebels’ 4. The Lady Bobcats were 11 for 14 from the free throw line while S. Greene was  19 for 25 
getting 11 more free throws than the Lady Bobcats. But the big 
difference in the game was turnovers in the first half by the Lady 
Bobcats, who then came back to outplay the Lady Rebels in the 2nd half.

    Despite the Lady Bobcats giving the Lady Rebels their toughest 
game of the tournament, none of the deserving very Lady Bobcats made the All Tournament team. South Greene’s  talented Taylor Lamb was named Tournament MVP. South Greene moves up to AA next year with the Lady Bobcats the pick to win it all next year.

    Congratulations to the Lady Bobcats on a fantastic year! Boys 
tournament results next week and Lady Bobcat/ Bobcat season wrap up next week.

    7A again showed that this is the toughest district in the state. 
The Lady Bobcats can be proud of being the 2nd best team in the 
tournament and state with an outstanding 30-3 record. And Courtney was District MVP and Region MVP up against the eventual Miss Basketball. Both she and Aaliyah established themselves as potential Miss Basketball nominees next year, if not next year for Aaliyah, the year after!

Pickett County Lady Bobcats Regional Champs

<strong>Pickett County Lady Bobcats Regional Champs</strong>

Back to the ‘Boro!!! We can beat South Greene!
 

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer

The Lady Bobcats will make their THIRD straight trip to Murfreesboro to the State Tournament Championships on Thursday at 6 p.m. vs. defending state champion South Greene. While this will most likely be the “championship game” with the two top teams in the tournament, and
is against the defending state champions, the Lady Bobcats can win this game.
How we can win:The Lady Bobcats didn’t play their best game last year in their matchup, got down by 12 but when they got back to playing Lady Bobcats basketball cut it to 3 points and nearly cut it to 1. If they play great basketball from the start, they can win.
Our Lady Bobcats have only lost to 1 team this year while South
Greene has lost to 3 different teams and had close games against
Cloudland, Hampton and Granger  so they can and have been beaten.South Greene may come in overlooking the Lady Bobcats after their win last year.
Our Lady Bobcats are faster than last year and have added more
scoring power with the emergence of Aaliyah Brown and Savannah Hammock, added to last year’s top scorer Courtney Pritchett and school record three point shooter Abbi Buck. Gracie Martin was the defensive player of the year and Kassidy can score and gets plenty of rebounds. The Lady Bobcats were great last year and are great again this year!
If our girls go in with a positive attitude, backed by our positive
and enthusiastic fans, they can work their magic against South
Greene! Going in knowing they can win, focusing on what they do best, playing their great defense all can add up to a win!
Go Lady Bobcats!

Sub-State: Lady Bobcats crush Van Buren Co. 77-40
 

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer

The loyal Lady Bobcat fans packed the gym early Saturday night for the Lady Bobcats’ Sub-State game against the Lady Eagles of Van Buren County, the team they beat two years ago in the Sub-State away, 95-65.
It was no contest again as the Lady Bobcats crushed the 15-17 Lady Eagles. It was 7-0 Lady Bobcats with Abbi scoring 5, one score was a three. Kassidy scored the first basket. VB scored. Abbi stole the ball with Courtney scoring…11-2. Aaliyah had a steal, Courtney too and it was 18-7 after one quarter. As the Lady Bobcats pulled away, Savannah had 2 threes, Aaliyah another and it was 31-14. Abbi had a steal with Aaliyah scoring…36-14. With the score 38-14 Savannah blocked a shot and the half ended 38-15.
    Van Buren brought a good sized crowd and they were enthusiastic in support of their team, but 80% of the gym was Lady Bobcat fans, and they were loud!
    Abbi started the 3rd quarter with a three, Savannah had another blocked shot, Aaliyah scored quite a few as the Lady Bobcats took a commanding lead of 65-26 after three quarters.
    The talented younger players wrapped up the game with Haley
Burton and Elly Smith scoring on free throws for a 77-40 final.
    Aaliyah led in scoring with 23, 1 three, Kassidy 10, Courtney 11,
Abbi 10, 2 threes, Gracie 5, Savannah 14, 2 threes, Haley 1, Elly 3.
The win sends the Lady Bobcats to their third state tournament! 

Lady Bobcats Region Champs

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer
The Lady Bobcats won their second straight Region Championship by beating Clarkrange 60-56 last week at Watertown. And once again our Courtney Pritchett was named MVP.
    Savannah Hammock scored first but Clarkrange came right back with a three. They then went up 5-2. But Kassidy Geesling scored before they fell behind 7-4. Courtney was fouled and made it 7-6. Again Clarkrange scored. Courtney cut it to 1 at 9-8. Again they went ahead 11-8, while their fouls weren’t called. A long pass to and score by Savannah made it 11-10. Clarkrange missed 3 straight shots and then fouled Courtney…12-11 Lady Bobcats. Clarkrange scored and Courtney went back to the free throw line…14-13. Clarkrange scored, we missed a three and they scored again…17-14 which was the score at the end of the quarter.
    Aaliyah was the first to score on a freethrow in the 2nd quarter
but a Clarkrange player knocked down a Lady Bobcat yet the call was on her…no charge 19-15. Kassidy then scored, again no charge and it was 21-17. Abbi then hit a three to cut it to 1. They then took the lead on a Courtney Pritchett shot. No 3 seconds called…23-22 Clarkrange. Courtney drove to the basket and scored 24-23. Lady Buffaloes walked with Courtney scoring again…26-23. Then 26-25.
Savannah’s  score made it 28-25. Buffalo turnover and Aaliyah hit a three…31-25 and that was the halftime score. The Lady Bobcats were given a standing ovation by the huge crowd of  Lady Bobcat fans. Surprisingly, Lady Buffalo fans only filled 2/3 of their side of the gym.
    Clarkrange scored first in the 3rd quarter 31-27. Both teams
turned the ball over on a missed three and a Clarkrange charge.
Kassidy then scored…33-27. A Clarkrange walk led to Courtney driving in to score…35-27 and the fans were on their feet again! Courtney then stole the ball with Gracie Martin driving in to score…37-29.
Another ‘range turnover and another Savannah score…39-29. Ten 39-31, 39-33, with Kassidy then scoring 41-33. Gracie stole the ball with Savannah scoring…43-33. We got the ball back and Savannah scored and hit a free throw…46-35. Clarkrange 3 point air ball. Courtney was fouled and the quarter ended 48-35 Lady Bobcats and it looked like Clarkrange was going on the road for the Sub-State.
    But Clarkrange scored first, then went to the free throw line…
48-39. The Lady Bobcats were slowing down the game but a foul gave the ball back to Clarkrange and they scored. Courtney was fouled…50-41. Clarkrange hit a three…50-44. A bad pass gave the ball to Clarkrange but they turned it over. PC was called for a carry and Clarkrange scored 50-46. We missed a shot and Clarkrange walked, no call and hit a three…50-49. Courtney drove in and hooked in a shot…52-49. Clarkrange hit 2 free throws, one point game.
    Courtney fouled…54-51. Clarkrange fouled…54-53 with 1:39 to go. Courtney added another 2 free throws and Gracie stole the ball and PC was fouled…but the shots were off. Clarkrange missed a 3. Savannah was fouled and sank both free throws…60-53. Clarkrange then hit a long three at the buzzer to lose 60-56. MVP Courtney Pritchett scored 26 while Kara Meadows scored an amazing 45 but that was not enough to beat our Lady Bobcats!
Scoring: Pritchett 26, Brown 4, 1 three, Geesling 8, Buck 5, 1 three,
Martin 2, Hammock 15

Named to the Region All Tournament Team were: Aaliyah Brown, Savannah Hammock, Abbi Buck and Courtney Pritchett was MVP!


 

Pickett County Bobcats Regional Runner-Up

Pickett County Bobcats Regional Runner-Up

Bobcats’ season ends at Van Buren

A huge turnout of Bobcat fans, who were the loudest heard in many years, packed into the too small Van Buren gym Monday night to face the Eagles who were trying to advance to the state tournament for the 3rd straight year. Over 100 fans lined either end of the court, while others sat in the aisles.

Van Buren came out red hot, while the Bobcats struggled. The
Bobcats got the ball first when the Eagles were called for a tip off
violation and Bryson Yorke put the Bobcats up 2-0. The ‘Cats pressed but Van Buren raced down court and began hitting uncontested threes and were ahead 22-9 after one quarter. This was a “let them play” game with few fouls called…at least on Van Buren.  Even with Van Buren holding a large lead, the Bobcat fans and cheerleaders were LOUD and supportive. At 31-19 late in the 2nd quarter, things looked bleak for the Bobcats until Dawson Abbott hit two threes in half a minute to pull the Bobcats back to within 31-25 at the half. While the Eagle fans were quiet, the Bobcats fans roared as the ‘Cats left the court.

   In the first half Van Buren had hit 6 threes, 5 in the first
quarter. The Bobcats were hurt by about 10 turnovers.

   As the 2nd half began, Parker scored and the Bobcats were now
down just by 4 and the crowd was deafening.  But, the Eagles hit a
three, the Bobcats turned the ball over and Van Buren hit yet another three for a 39-27 lead. The Eagle threes continued as did the Bobcat turnovers and by the end of 3 it was 51-38.

    No one had expected the still young Bobcats to get to the Sub-
State this year, even though a lot expect the Bobcats to go to the
state tournament next year. They had the state’s AP ranked #2
Goodpasture, #3 Clay County and #5 Watertown between them and the region final, plus a good Monterey team to beat. But everything fell into the Bobcats’ favor, along with the outstanding coaching of Coach Amonett, to reach the Sub-State for the first time in 10 years.

    This was a very good Van Buren team playing their best basketball of the year. The Bobcats and fans should be very proud of the team’s outstanding year and with everyone back but Jake Smith, who played well in last night’s game, the future is very bright for the Bobcats. Junior and first year starter Bryson Yorke had an outstanding game with 17 points. Dawson Abbott 8, 2 threes. Trent Young 4.
  The final was 71-44 with Van Buren sinking 13 threes. Parker Gore 2, Brian Gibson 10, Clay Smith 1 three.
  Congratulations Coach Amonett, the Bobcats and fans …the best in the Upper Cumberland, on an outstanding  20-13 season!

 

Bobcats advance to Sub-State

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer

 Coach Amonett, in his first year as coach, has guided the Bobcats
to their 1st Sub-State game in 10 years. Had a great game against
state ranked Clay County and led until late in the 3rd quarter!
  Parker Gore scored first followed by a Brian Gibson three.
Dawson’s score made it 7-3 but Clay hit a three…7-6. Both teams
turned the ball over before Dawson was fouled…9-6. Clay hit a three. But Dawson matched it…12-9. Clay scored. Trent Young hit a three at the buzzer for a 15-11 score at the end of one!  The Bobcats fans were on their feet!
    Clay came back 15-14. Then both teams had several turnovers with Bryson Yorke (2) Clay Smith having steals. Then Dawson hit a three…18-14. 18-16. A Clay Smith 3…21-16! Ask any fan at the game and this was one of the worst officiated games in memory. Clay was finally called for a walk and Dawson hit a three for a 24-16 halftime lead!
    Clay County stormed back to cut it to 24-23 to start the 3rd
quarter. Dawson scored…26-23. Clay County then grabbed the lead on a three.  Dawson hit a three.29-28. Clay charge, Brian score…31-18. Clay tied it on a 3. They then went up 33-31 after 3.
    Clay then pulled away 40-33. Parker scored twice…40-37. Dawson’s 2 free throws made it 40-39. Bryson then put the Bobcats back on top 41-40 with about 3 minutes to go! It was 44-43 Clay with 1:13 to go.
But the Bulldogs pulled away on 4 free throws to win 48-43.
 
The Bobcat fans gave our boys a standing ovation for their
outstanding game! This is the first time BOTH our teams have advanced to the Sub-State in the same year!
Scoring: Bryson 4, Dawson 18, 4 threes, Trent one 3, Parker 6, Brian 7, 1 three, Clay 3, 1 three, Jake 2
Named to the All Tournament Team were Bryson Yorke, Brian Gibson and Dawson Abbott
While they didn’t win the game, they may have won the better Sub-State game. They played  Van Buren who upset CSAS. Many felt that this was a better matchup for the Bobcats.

Bobcats beat Monterey, advance to Region Championship

TERRY BRYAN
Sports Writer

    The Bobcats met Monterey at Watertown in the region Semi-finals and came away with a 54-50 win to advance to the Region Championship!
 The first quarter was a close one with Monterey taking an early
lead before a Brian Gibson three put them ahead 12-10. Monterey led 13-12 after one quarter. The Bobcats pulled ahead 17-13 on scores by Brian and Dawson Abbott. Parker Gore’s score made it 19-15 with Brian’s 2 free throws made it 21-15. Monterey came back to tie it at 23 all but a Gibson layup at the buzzer made it 25-23 at the half.
 Trent Young drove in to score to start the 3rd quarter with Monterey getting their last lead at 28-27 on a three. Bryson Yorke put the Bobcats back ahead with a score and by the end of three it was 35-28.
 Monterey cut it to 35-33 on a three, then tied the game. Dawson
scored on a reverse layup, and followed that with a three…40-37.
 Clay Smith scored with Brian hitting another 3…45-37. Monterey hit a three. Bryson scored 47-42. Dawson hit 2 free throws. Monterey walked and scored. Brian made it 50-44. onterey hit a three…50-47. With 13.9 seconds to go Dawson sank 2 free throws…52-47. Monterey hit an NBA three…52-50. They fouled Dawson and he made it 54-50 for the win!
Scoring-Bryson 11, Dawson 14, 1 three, Trent 4, Parker 2, Brian 19, 2 threes, Clay 4
 

Sports

CHAMPIONS!
MVP Courtney Pritchett scores 28 points


TERRY BRYAN

Courtney Pritchett, tournament Most Valuable Player, led the 26-2 Lady Bobcats to their 2nd consecutive District 7A Tournament Championship Monday night at Livingston Academy.

They played in the 2nd game after Clay County demolished Jackson County 63-33, with a huge crowd of fans from both schools packing the gym and the Pickett County student section, cowboy themed, making themselves heard led by the terrific Pickett County cheerleaders.

The Lady Bobcats won the tip off but their 3 pointer was off but their defense caused a Clarkrange turnover. Soon Clarkrange scored on two free throws. Savannah Hammock was fouled and tied the score. A second Clarkrange wild pass gave the Lady Bobcats the ball again and Courtney was fouled…4-2. Each score brought on a roar from the Lady Bobcat faithful! Courtney then stole the ball and Savannah scored and was fouled…7-2. But Clarkrange came right back to take an 8-7 lead.

That didn’t last long as Abbi Buck drained a three pointer! A Clarkrange 3 was off and Aaliyah was fouled…12-8. Clarkrange’s Crabtree also was getting into early foul trouble. Clarkrange came back to tie. Then a Lady Buffalo fouled Courtney and as Courtney started to walk by her, the player body-shoved her but nothing was called…much to the dismay of the crowd calling for a technical. Courtney added a free throw and then hit a three pointer to end the quarter 16-12! That shove may have been the incentive the Lady Bobcats needed!

Savannah scored first to go up 18-14. Courtney scored…20-14. Clarkrange walked with the ball and Courtney hit another 3 for a 23-14 score and the crowd was roaring again! Next she went to the foul line…25-18. After Aaliyah hit a free throw, Courtney sank her 3rd three of the night…29-20. Both teams missed shots and had turnovers before Aaliyah scored…31-23. Kassidy Geesling then stole the ball but a Lady Bobcat three was off. PC got the ball back and Kassidy was fouled…33-23. After a Clarkrange missed shot, Courtney hit 2 free throws and the Lady Bobcats had their biggest lead at 35-23. Clarkrange hit a 3 and the half ended 35-26.

Clarkrange opened the 3rd quarter hitting a three, then scored again…37-31. Courtney then drove in to score. Clarkrange scored, Savannah scored…41-35. When Aaliyah scored it was 43-36. Clarkrange scored, a PC shot was off but Aaliyah stole the ball and was fouled…45-38. Clarkrange got an old fashioned 3, PC missed a 3 with Clarkrange scoring…after 2 Clarkrange walks were not called. PC missed free throws and Clarkrange scored. Another PC shot was off and Clarkrange answered with a three to take the lead at 46-45 and the quarter ended.

They then went ahead 48-45 and the Lady Bobcats missed 2 shots before a huge basket by Aaliyah cut it to 48-47. Clarkrange threw the ball out of bounds on a wild pass but a PC shot was off. Courtney then stole the ball, passed off but another PC shot was off. She immediately stole the ball AGAIN and scored 49-48! Clarkrange turnover, Courtney scored…51-48. Clarkrange score and then one of Abbi’s biggest three pointers of the year made it 54-50!

With 2:55 to go Clarkrange scored. Aaliyah then drove to the basket and scored over a player a foot taller than her 56-52. Courtney stole the ball and was fouled…58-52. Clarkrange missed the front end of a 1 and 1. Courtney was fouled…60-52. Clarkrange scored. PC turnover and Clarkrange score…60-56. Gracie Martin added a free throw…61-56 and with 11.3 to go Aaliyah was fouled and hit both for the winning 63-56 score!

Courtney had 28 points, 6 steals and 10 rebounds as she was named MVP. Also on the All Tournament Team were Kassidy Geesling, Aaliyah Brown, Abbi Buck and Savannah Hammock. While district MVP defensive player Gracie Martin didn’t make the team this time, the Lady Bobcats wouldn’t be where they are this season without her outstanding play all year.

They will now play Trousdale County Friday night at home! Pack the gym! The Bobcats also play at home on Saturday night.

Scoring: Courtney 28, 3 threes, Aaliyah 15, Kassidy 2, Gracie 1, Savannah 11 and Abbi 6, 2 threes.



Lady Bobcats crush Jackson Co. 80-45

TERRY BRYAN

The Lady Bobcats breezed past Jackson County in the first round of the district tournament on Friday night. The win was the 7th in a row over the Lady Blue Devils with the Lady Bobcats winning by an average score of 70-46.

JC scored first with the Lady Bobcats missing a three, but Courtney Pritchett stole the ball and was fouled. Her free throws tied the game. With the score tied at 4 all, MVP Defensive Player of the Year Gracie Martin stole the ball with Savannah Hammock scoring. Abbi was next to score…8-4. It was Kassidy Geesling stealing the ball next with Gracie going coast to coast to score.

JC then scored on an old fashioned three but Aaliyah’s three pointer made it 13-7. Another steal and Aaliyah was fouled and sank both…15-7. Courtney then stole the ball and scored and the rout was on! Courtney hit a three and a minute later added a free throw for a 21-11 score at the end of one.

Aaliyah’s score made it 25-15 and then she immediately stole the ball. Courtney scored the next 2 baskets, plus added a free throw…30-19. Aaliyah then drove the length of the court for a layup. Courtney added 2 free throws, Aaliyah scored again with Savannah next going the length of the court to score…38-25. Aaliyah had yet another steal. Savannah scored at the buzzer to end the half with the Lady Bobcats ahead 46-30.

Savannah scored first on a freethrow for Pickett Co with Courtney then stealing the ball and being fouled. She sank both. Next Abbi stole the ball. With the score 54-30, Gracie had another steal and score with Courtney stealing the ball. She was fouled and sank both…58-31. The quarter ended with Savannah nearly stealing the ball but then Courtney did steal it and was fouled. Her free throws made it 63-33 at the end of 3 quarters.

The final quarter scoring began for the Lady Bobcats with Savannah sinking a three pointer. Gracie’s three made it 71-39. At that point the talented younger players came in, along with Aaliyah who stays in since there aren’t enough substitutes for 5 players. She is outstanding in her role of wrapping up a game. Tyra Johnson scored on a free throw with Elly Smith going all the way down the court to score…73-39. She then had a free throw and Aaliyah scored next on a turn around jump shot…76-43. She then took the ball coast to coast to score. The game came to an end with Elly stealing the ball and being fouled. She sank both free throws for a final of 80-45.

The win put them into the finals against Clarkrange, who won 68-50 over Clay County in the earlier game. Courtney led all scorers with 23 points with 1 three. Brown 19, 1 three, Geesling 4, Buck 2, Martin 9, 1 three, Hammock 17, 1 three, Smith 5, Johnson 1.

The win also gave them a home first round region game.


Abbott scores 32 in 64-53 win
The Bobcats met Jackson County in the district tournament on Saturday night and after leading by as many as 19 points, came away with a 64-53 win to advance to the championship game Tuesday night against state ranked #4 Clay County.

The game started with the Bobcats winning the tip off, but turned the ball over. A quick reacting Parker Gore then stole the ball and scored. Brian Gibson was next to score…4-4. JC went ahead on free throws but Dawson then went coast to coast to score. He then stole the ball but his three pointer went in, spun around and came out. JC then scored followed by both teams trading turnovers before Dawson drove in to tie the game at 8 all and added a free throw to go ahead. The Blue Devils scored to take an 11-10 lead at the end of one.

The first score for the Bobcats of the 2nd quarter came when Trent Young stole the ball with Brian Gibson feeding Bryson Yorke for the score. The score was soon tied twice at 11-11 and 13-13. Trent’s free throws put the Bobcats on top 15-13 but a Blue Devil three gave them the lead at 18-17. It would be tied one last time at 20-20 before Brian scored for a 22-20 lead. JC scored and made a free throw to give them their last lead at 23-22. Trent scored with Clay Smith stealing the ball and he scored… 26-23. Jackson County then cut it to 1 point before Brian’s 2 scores made it 30-25. JC scored on free throws with Dawson ending the scoring for the half with 2 free throws…32-27.

Dawson’s three to begin the 3rd quarter started the Bobcats on their big third quarter. Parker scored next, Brian added a free throw…38-29. Dawson drove to the basket to score…40-31, Brian fed Bryson again for another score 42-31. Brian then stole the ball with Trent hitting a three for a big 45-31 lead. It was then Trent to Bryson for a score and then Dawson hitting a three as the Bobcats completely shut down the Blue Devils. It was now 50-31, which would be the Cats’ biggest lead of the game. The quarter ended with a great steal by Parker. The Bobcats outscored Jackson Co. 18-5 in the quarter.

Dawson had one more three in the final quarter to end his scoring for the night with 32 points with 3 threes. Bryson 10, Trent 7, 1 three, Parker 4, Brian 9, Clay 2.

The win put the Bobcats into the championship game against Clay County Tuesday night and gave them a first round home game in the region tournament.



All District 7A Teams
ERRY BRYAN

The coaches have voted the All 7A District teams with many Pickett County players being honored. A few Pickett County players may just prove in the playoffs that they certainly deserved to be placed higher! This post was before the district tournament was played and the All Tournament Teams will also be in this issue.

Congratulations to Coach Brent Smith on being Coach of the Year yet again!

Girls’ 7A All District Teams
Coach of the Year: Brent Smith, Pickett County

First Team:
MVP: Kara Meadows
COURTNEY PRITCHETT-PICKETT CO.
Kyleigh Hardy-Jackson County
Hannah Garrett-Clarkrange
Jada Kerr-Clay County
Taylor Strong-Clay County

Second Team:
ABBI BUCK-PICKETT CO.
GRACIE MARTIN-PICKETT CO.
Kenzie Arms-Clay County
Gracie Bush-Clarkrange
Kaitlin Pippin-Jackson County

Third Team:
SAVANNAH HAMMOCK-PICKETT CO.
AALIYAH BROWN-PICKETT CO.
KASSIDY GEESLING-PICKETT CO.
Charity Crabtree-Clarkrange
Courtney Bilbrey-Monterey

Honorable Mention:
Breanna Bush-Clarkrange
Reese Stover-Clarkrange
Bella Wilmoth-Jackson County
Alexis Ragland-Jackson County
Jaycie Woolbright-Jackson Co.
Brittany Boone-Clay County
Mckenzie Biles-Clay County
Maddie Harlan-Clay County
Allie Ragle-Monterey
Tamicka Smith-Monterey

All-Freshman Team:
Freshman of the Year: Courtney Clayborn-Clay County
ELLY SMITH-PICKETT CO.
Faith Walker-Monterey
Anna Hudson-Monterey
Daniella D’augustino-Monterey
Abigail Polson-Jackson County

All-Defensive Team:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR-GRACIE MARTIN-PICKETT CO.
Kara Meadows- Clarkrange
Alexis Ragland-Jackson County
Anna Hudson-Monterey
Brittany Boone-Clay County

Boys 7A All District Teams
Coach of the Year: Kevin Thomas-Jackson County
First team:
MVP: Tyreke Key-Clay County
DAWSON ABBOTT-PICKETT CO.
Michael Cody-Monterey
Jonah Smith-Jackson County
Austin Monday-Clarkrange
Dalton Coleman-Monterey

Second Team:
BRIAN GIBSON-PICKETT CO.
Dawson Russell-Clay County
James Coe-Jackson County
Joe Brown-Jackson County
Tyrus West-Monterey

Third Team:
TRENT YOUNG-PICKETT CO.
Briley Stephens-Clarkrange
Gavin Silk-Clay County
Payton Smith-Clay County
Conner Brown-Jackson County

Honorable Mention:
BRYSON YORKE-PICKETT CO
Cobe Hayes-Clarkrange
Nick Hall-Clarkrange
Ryan Miller-Clarkrange
Sean Michalski-Clarkrange
Colby Long-Jackson County
Seth Ogletree-Clay County
Jake Ashlock-Clay County
Heath Kimes-Clay County
Brian Stamps-Monterey
Cade Printer-Monterey
Grayson Randolph-Monterey
Patrick Gago-Monterey

All Freshman Team:
Freshman of the Year: Jake Ashlock-Clay County
PARKER GORE-PICKETT CO.
Jacob Handy-Jackson County
Paxton Payne-Monterey
Peyton West-Monterey
All Defensive Team:
MVP: Seth Ogletree-Clay County
BRYSON YORKE-PICKETT CO.
Parker Payne-Monterey
Conner Brown-Jackson County
Colby-Hayes-Clarkrange