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Kingston splits with Meigs County

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By Goose Lindsay

The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets traveled to Decatur Thursday night to complete their season series with Meigs County. 

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In their first meeting at Kingston, the Lady Jackets dropped a 70-46 decision. On Thursday, Kingston played much better, but lost in the end, 46-37.

Kingston’s boys won their first match-up against the Tigers, 57-48, and they brought out the broom with a 67-53 victory on Thursday.

Kingston returns to action Tuesday when they host Loudon in a District 4-AA contest.

Girls Game

In what was a battle from the opening tip, Meigs County was able to hold off Kingston, 46-37.

Kingston played well early, but a pair of three-pointers allowed the Lady Tigers to hold a 12-9 lead after one period of play.

Alison Mossing buried a three-pointer and scored five points for Kingston in the frame.

The second period would see Kingston’s Haley Cornellison catch fire. She scored all 10 of Kingston’s points in the period. 

But despite Cornellison’s run, the Lady Jackets still trailed by three points, 22-19, at intermission.

Cornellison went on to score Kingston’s first five points of the third period. A late basket from Taylor Thurman would be the only other points scored by a Lady Jacket in the second and third quarters as Kingston trailed 33-26 entering the final period of play.

The Lady Jackets pulled to within five points at 37-32 midway through the final period, but back-to-back three-pointers from Meigs County’s Bailey Perkinson and Angel Davis allowed the Lady Tigers to pull out to a 43-32 lead.

Kingston never recovered as Meigs County went on to the nine-point victory.

Cornellison led Kingston on the night with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Mossing was next in line with seven points while Sydney Nunley chipped in six points and seven rebounds.

Emileigh Swafford paced the Lady Tigers with 16 points and seven rebounds.

Kingston (37) Nunley 6, Cornellison 17, Oran 4, Sampson 1, Mossing 7, Thurman 2.

Boys Game

Colt Narramore’s squad put together a strong performance in rolling to a 67-53 victory on the road.

Jordan Huddleston led the Jackets on the night with 21 points and 14 rebounds. He got off to a quick start as he scored nine points in leading Kingston to a 16-9 lead after eight minutes of play.

Hunter Golliher added a three-pointer and five points in the opening frame, and he then caught fire in the second period. Golliher dialed long distance twice and scored 10 total points in the period.

Brandon Griffis added a third three-pointer and scored six points in the period as Kingston’s lead grew to 38-26 at halftime.

The Jackets pretty much put the game away in the third period. Behind seven points from Griffis and five from Huddleston, Kingston’s lead grew to as many as 20 points, 55-35, before settling for a 57-40 lead with eight minutes of play.

Meigs County tried to make things interesting as they cut the deficit to 62-51 with 3:25 left to play, but the Tigers would get no closer as Kingston pulled away down the stretch.

Besides Huddleston’s big night, Golliher (18 points, 4 assists, 3 steals) and Griffis (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Jackets.

Levi Woods (13 points, 5 assists), Tristan Spradling (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Deandre Clark (10 points, 8 rebounds) led the way for Meigs County in defeat.

 Kingston (67) Huddleston 21, Griffis 13, Golliher 18, Gasque 6, Colquitt 2, Sampson 5, Hughes 2.