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After dropping a pair of TSSAA Hall of Fame games, the Kingston Yellow Jackets opened the regular season Friday night with a 61-39 home victory over Loudon.
Colt Narramore’s started slow Friday and trailed at halftime, but the second half was a different story, as the Jackets outscored the Redskins 38-14 in the final two periods of play.
Quint Gasque had a strong first quarter for Kingston, scoring six points, but it was the Redskins that held a 15-14 lead after eight minutes of play.
Things remained tight in the second quarter, but Loudon still held on to a 25-23 lead at halftime.
Kingston roared to life on both ends of the court in the third period. Tyler Thompson and Aaron Sampson scored six points each in leading the Jackets on an 18-4 run that made the score 41-29 entering the fourth quarter.
The final period was more of the same, as Kingston outscored the Redskins 20-10 down the stretch to make the final score 61-39.
Gasque (13 points), Thompson (13 points) and Sampson (11 points) all scored in double figures on the night for Kingston.
Kingston (61) Gasque 13, Hutson 9, Anderson 6, Thompson 13, Plemens 2, Hughes 7, Sampson 11.
The first game of the evening would see the Lady Jackets fall into a big hole early before rallying to make things interesting late. Kingston’s run rally would come up short, however, as Loudon held on for a 54-46 victory.
Lauren Baggett and Taylor Thurman scored four points each for Kingston in the opening quarter, but no one else scored as the Lady Redskins led 15-8 after one period of play.
Loudon really took off in the second period. Behind 10 points from Rachel Kelley, the Lady Redskins won the frame 20-9 to make the score 35-17 at halftime.
Kingston started chipping away at Loudon’s lead in the third period. Kalli Sampson scored six points in the frame and Rachael Baggett four, as the Lady Jackets pulled to within 12 points at 43-31 with eight minutes left to play.
Kingston also won the final period, 15-11, to make the final score 54-46.
Thurman scored nine points in the final period and ended the evening with a team-high 16 points. Sampson added 14 points for the Lady Jackets.
Kelley (21 points) and Jessica Malone (10 points) scored in double figures for Loudon.
Kingston (46) Sampson 14, Layne 4, R. Baggett 4, L. Baggett 8, Thurman 16.