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On Saturday night in Knoxville, the Yellow Jackets and Lady Yellow Jackets of Kingston seemed to resemble the East Tennessee weather that caused havoc with high school basketball schedules last week -- cold.
Neither team could find their offense going up against Christian Academy of Knoxville, resulting in a pair of painful losses. The Lady Jackets got the night started with a 62-46 effort. The Kingston boys wound up on the short end of a 60-44 decision to the home-standing Warriors.
Both programs try to rebound on Thursday night, hosting district foe Scott. On Friday, Kingston will host cross-county rival Harriman in non-district action.
CAK came out hitting shots while Kingston didn't, digging an early hole that was impossible for coach Connie Guinn and the Lady Yellow Jackets to dig out of.
CAK built an early 11-6 lead at the end of the first and built on that advantage to take a 34-16 lead at the end of the first half.
But to the credit of Kingston, despite CAK feeling necessary to full-court press throughout the second half, the team never quit, fighting to the very end.
Makayla Cordell and Brooke Smith led the charge in the third and fourth quarters, chipping away at the Lady Warrior lead. Despite that fight, CAK was strong and still held a 47-22 lead heading into the final quarter.
Cordell remained hot from outside, finishing with 12 points to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets. The junior would score all of her points from beyond the three-point line. Senior Smith and junior Mollie Eason also heated up in the second half, both finishing with seven points each.
Kingston outscored CAK 24-13 in the final period, but would eventually fall by the final of 61-46.
Harli-Blaine Oran scored seven and ever-hustling Haley Cornellison battled her way for seven.
Kingston (46) Cordell 12, Smith 7, Eason 7, Oran 7, Cornellison 7, Gaines 2, Neal 2, Fuller 2.
The cold Kingston shooting carried over in the boys' game, with the Yellow Jackets missing several early opportunities, some coming from point-blank range.
And on the opposite end of the shooting spectrum, CAK came out of the games blazing, building a 20-4 lead at the end of the first.
Kingston's points came from Robby Szodza, who hit a three-pointer and a free throw during the opening stanza. Szozda would lead the Yellow Jackets, the only player in double digits, with 11 points. That output included a pair of three-pointers.
Sophomore Jordan Huddleston and Darrin Mossing tried to keep Kingston going in the second quarter, but the Warriors were just too strong. The Yellow Jackets scored eight points, but CAK had built a 38-12 lead heading into the halftime break.
Huddleston would finish the game with nine points and Mossing had four. Junior Lucas Clower also found the range some in the later quarters, finishing with five points.
Kingston woke up a bit on offense in the second half, scoring 15 in the third and 16 in the fourth. But CAK played a lot of players and held off for an impressive 60-44 win.
Kingston (44) Szodza 11, Huddleston 9, Clower 5, Mossing 4, Sams 4, Sampson 4, Fielden 2.