No luck for Jackets against Irish

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By Brody Jones


With third place in District 4-AA on the line, the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets dropped a dispiriting 44-26 outing against the Knoxville Catholic Lady Irish Thursday evening. 

The loss drops Kingston into fourth place in the district standings and means the Lady Jackets will not receive a first round bye in the upcoming district tournament. The Lady Jackets will play Scott in an elimination game for both teams.

The Lady Irish got out to an early 10-3 lead before Kingston pulled within 13-8 at the end of the first period. 

Led by four points from Rachel Layne, Kingston won the second period and managed to get within 19-15 at halftime. 

If there were any hopes of a potential upset, they got snuffed out in period number three with a 15-5 swing by the Lady Irish that left the Lady Jackets down 34-20 at the end of period. 

Catholic would pad the final margin out to 44-26 at the conclusion of the game.

Layne (9 points, 5 steals), Tori Strahan (6 points) and Taylor Thurman (5 boards) led the way for Kingston in the loss.

Kingston (26) Layne 9, Strahan 6, Sampson 5, Thurman 3, Lunsford 2, Wilson 1.

Boys Game

Two days after upsetting district-leading Alcoa, Kingston nearly pulled off another major upset against Irish, tying the game with about a minute left before the Irish used a five-point swing to close out the game with the 56-51 win.

Kingston tied the game at 8-8 early on before the Irish scored the final eight points of the opening period to take the early 16-8 lead. 

Aaron Sampson (6 points) led the Jackets at the end of the first period. 

Catholic would get out to a 22-12 lead at one point in the second period, but Kingston swarmed back with a 9-0 run to close out the half. 

Quint Gasque scored four of his eight second period points during the swing to get the Jackets within 22-21. 

Kingston would score the opening basket of the third period, but an 18-7 run to close out the third period by the Irish gave them the 40-30 lead going into the final period. 

Catholic got the lead to 45-35 at one point in the final period, but a huge 16-6 swing by the Jackets got the game tied at 51-51 on a steal and a layup by Gasque.

However, the luck was the Irish's side as they scored the final five points of the game to take the 56-51 win. 

Kingston was led by Gasque (20 points, 7 boards, 8 steals), Sampson and Tyler Hughes (13 points each). Brandon Anderson (6 boards) also played well in the valiant effort by the Jackets.

Kingston (51) Gasque 20, Sampson 13, Hughes 13, Thompson 5.