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Kingston rallies to sweep Tigers

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Monday night was “Comeback Night” for the Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets in their match-up with county rival Rockwood as both teams found themselves trailing in the second half before rallying for victories.

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In the first game of the evening, the Lady Jackets trailed by five points in the third quarter before picking up a 45-34 victory.

Kingston’s boys made an even bigger comeback in the final game of the evening. Trailing by 12 in the third quarter, the Jackets ended the game on a 31-9 run to pick up a 51-41 victory.

Both teams will meet again next Tuesday at Rockwood.

Girls Game

Monday’s game was close for a little more than three quarters, but Kingston used a late run to ease away for an 11-point victory.

The early going would see both teams struggling for points.

Kingston scored six of the game’s first eight points, but Rockwood responded with four of the next five to make the 7-6 in favor of Kingston at the end of the first quarter.

The second period was more of the same as Rockwood on the period 8-6 to take a 14-13 lead at halftime.

Chelsea Cheek had a big first half for Rockwood with eight points while Taylor Thurman and Sydney Nunley scored four each for Kingston.

Both offenses finally started heating up in the third period.

Powered by a pair of three-pointers from Cheek, Rockwood built a 25-20 lead midway through the period. Kingston, however, scored seven of the last nine points in the period to take a 29-27 lead into the final period of play.

Lauren Baggett (5 points) and Alison Mossing (4 points) led the way for Kingston in the third period.

The score remained tight at 32-29 in the final period when Kingston’s Kalli Sampson sparked what would be the decisive run. Sampson buried a three-pointer and then came away with a steal and lay-up to increase Kingston’s lead to 37-29.

Rockwood never threatened after that as the Lady Jackets pulled away for the 45-34 victory.

Sampson led Kingston on the night with nine points and five steals. Nunley (8 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks), Haley Cornellison (7 points, 9 rebounds), Baggett (7 points), Mossing (5 points, 6 rebounds), Thurman (4 points, 6 rebounds) and Harli-Blaine Oran (6 assists) also put up solid numbers for the Lady Jackets.

Cheek (14 points, 5 rebounds), McKenzie Lee (8 points, 10 rebounds), Dara Cates (6 points) and Carson Evans (4 points, 7 rebounds) led the way for Rockwood.

Rockwood (34) Lee 8, Evans 4, Brackett 2, Cates 6, Cheek 14.

Kingston (45) Oran 3, Sampson 9, Nunley 8, Thurman 4, Mossing 5, Layne 1, Cornellison 7, Baggett 7, Garrett 1.

Boys Game

For a little more than two quarters Monday night it looked as if the Rockwood Tigers would leave Roane County High School with a relatively easy win.

But then it happened, the Kingston Yellow Jackets caught fire, and once that fire started, the Tigers couldn’t put it out as Colt Narramore’s squad picked up a 51-41 victory.

The first 3:15 of Monday’s game was the Jared Breazeale show as the Tiger senior came out smoking, draining three three-pointers and scoring 11 points by the 4:45 mark of the first quarter.

Breazeale’s hot start, however, didn’t lead to a big advantage as Kingston trailed just 15-12 after one period of play.

Rockwood maintained the lead throughout the period and used a big three-pointer from Breazeale to take a 28-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Breazeale led all scorers in the first half with 16 points while Jordan Huddleston scored 12 for the Jackets.

Rockwood scored the first four points of the second half to take a 32-20 lead, but Kingston responded with a 10-0 run before Rockwood’s Hunter Grant scored to make the score 34-30 with one period left to play.

Quint Gasque and Brandon Griffis started Kingston’s comeback with four points each in the third quarter.

Kingston trailed 36-32 early in the final period, but that’s when Huddleston and Hunter Golliher scored nine straight points in an 11-0 run to put the Jackets on top 43-36 with 3:59 left to play.

Grant stopped the run with a three-pointer with 3:36 left, but Rockwood would get no closer as Kingston pulled away for the 10-point victory.

Huddleston led Kingston on the night with 24 points, six rebounds, six assists and five blocks while Golliher (11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals) and Gasque (10 points, 3 assists, 3 steals) also scored in double figures for the Jackets.

Breazeale (16 points, 4 assists) and Grant (10 points) led the way for Rockwood while Hayden Freels (7 points, 8 rebounds) and Jay Tilley (6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks) put up solid numbers inside.

Rockwood (41) Freels 7, Tilley 6, Grant 10, Breazeale 16, Springs 2.

 Kingston (51) Huddleston 24, Griffis 4, Sampson 2, Gasque 10, Golliher 11.