Lady Jackets win in overtime

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By The Staff



Roane Newspapers

It what might have been the game of the year for the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets, Keith Anderson’s squad rallied from a seven-point fourth quarter deficit Thursday night to defeat visiting Lenoir City in overtime, 57-54.

Things, however, were nowhere near as good for the Kingston boys as they were on the wrong end of a 69-47 decision.

Kingston will play another rivalry game Monday when they visit Rockwood.

Girls Game

The Lady Jackets had some chances to roll over and quit Thursday, but they kept battling and in the end they used a 6-2 closing run to pull out the 57-54 victory.

Kingston started strong as the Givens sisters, Jennifer and Jacquelyn, combined for the first five points of the game, but before the period ended, Kingston starting posts Jenna Ray and Callie Mergen would both pick up two fouls and were forced to watch the rest of the half from the bench.

Lenoir City rallied to take a 12-8 lead early in the second period, but they couldn’t add to their lead with Kingston’s twin towers on the bench. 

The Lady Jackets responded with a 12-2 run and would eventually take a 20-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Jennifer Givens sparked the rally with five points while backup post Brooke Smith played well and scored four points.

Kingston opened the third period by taking a 27-22 lead, but Lenoir City closed the period with a 12-2 run to make the score 34-31 with eight minutes left to play.

The Lady Panthers scored the first four points of the final period to make the score 38-31, but Kingston didn’t throw in the towel. Smith would score three times in a three-minute span to pull the Lady Jackets to within 42-39 then after a Lady Panther free throw, Ray buried a three-pointer to make it 43-42 with 1:08 left to play.

After each team made a free throw, Kingston took a 45-44 lead on a beautiful inbound play that left Mergen open under the basket with 26.1 seconds left.

After trading another free throw, Mergen made it 47-45 with a free throw with 5.8 seconds left, but she missed her second attempt and Lenoir City’s Erin LeGate got the rebound, drove the length of the court and scored at the buzzer to put the game into overtime.

Overtime opened with Lenoir City taking a 48-47 lead on a free throw, but Kingston answered with a triple from Ray and a free throw by Ray to take a 51-48 lead with 2:47 left to play.

Lenoir City responded with back-to-back baskets to take a 52-51 lead with 1:40 left to play, but Kingston’s Jennifer Givens answered by driving the length of the court for a basket with 1:30 left. Lady Jacket Brooke Thearp would add two free throws with 45 seconds left to make it 55-52.

Kingston led 57-54 with 10 seconds left, but that’s when Lenoir City’s Shannon Parks put up a good-looking three-pointer that just missed the mark. Kingston got the rebound and ran out the clock for the victory.

Ray led Kingston on the night with 14 points and six rebounds while Jennifer Givens added 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals, but the biggest contributor on the night for the Lady Jackets might have been Smith with 10 points and five rebounds off the bench.

Brooke LeGate led Lenoir City with 14 points, 16 rebounds and five steals while Catherine Hunley (12 points) and Parks (11 points) also scored in double figures.

Kingston (57) Mergen 7, Smith 10, Ray 14, Jacquelyn Givens 8, Cole 3, Thearp 2, Jennifer Givens 13.

Boys Game

This one was never close as the Panthers never trailed on their way to a 22-point victory.

The Panthers opened the game on an 8-2 run and they kept adding to their lead before taking a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same as Lenoir City outscored Kingston 22-14 in the period to take a 42-24 lead at halftime.

If Kingston was to make a run, they would need to start out strong in the third period, but instead it was Lenoir City scoring the first 15 points of the second half to put the game away. Lenoir City would lead 60-29 after three periods of play, but Kingston did cut the deficit to 22 points by the final buzzer.

Former Cherokee star Tyler Hood led Lenoir City on the night with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Matt Kelley paced Kingston with 12 points and five rebounds while Dwayne Clemons added 11 points.

Kingston (47) Clemons 11, Kelley 12, Jackson 7, Gough 2, Eason 6, Mossing 1, Fielden 6, Phillips 2.