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The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets were hoping to put together a postseason run starting Friday night against Scott High in the opening round of the District 4-AA Tournament at Alcoa, but it wasn’t to be as the Highlanders and Lady ’Landers had other ideas as they picked up a sweep to end Kingston’s season.
Both games were close throughout, but Scott would make the plays down the stretch to win. In the girls game, the Lady Highlanders picked up a 57-50 victory and that was followed by Scott taking the final game of the evening, 64-52.
The Lady Jackets swept the regular season series from Scott, but Kingston struggled from the floor in the first half and those struggles allowed the Lady Highlanders to grab the lead early and lead from wire-to-wire in posting the victory.
The Lady Jackets made just three shots from the floor, one each from Kalli Sampson, Lynzee Lunsford and Lauren Baggett, as Scott jumped out to a 13-6 lead after eight minutes of play.
Monica Roberts scored seven points to pace Scott in the opening period.
Kingston hit three more shots from the floor in the second quarter, but they also hit three free throws and that allowed them to score 10 points in the frame.
Scott also scored 10 points in the frame to take a 23-16 lead at halftime.
Kingston made just 6-of-24 field goals and 3-of-9 free throws in the first half of play.
Kingston scored the ball much better in the third period, but they had trouble stopping Scott’s Victoria Lloyd. She scored 10 points in the frame and that allowed the Lady Highlanders to outscore Kingston 14-12 in the period and take a 37-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Taylor Thurman led a balanced Kingston attack in the third quarter with five points.
Kingston’s offense finally caught fire in the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackets knocked down eight field goals, including 3-pointers from Kaylee Wilson and Lynzee Lunsford, but Scott has able to hold off Kingston at the charity stripe. The Lady Highlanders made nine free throws in the fourth quarter to hold on for the 7-point victory.
Lloyd (21 points) and Roberts (20 points) led the way for Scott on the evening while Lunsford and Thurman scored 10 points each for Kingston.
Scott (57) Roberts 20, Carson 5, V. Lloyd 21, S. Lloyd 1, Edwards 10.
Kingston (50) Sampson 7, Layne 6, Wilson 4, R. Baggett 2, Lunsford 10, L. Baggett 7, Strahan 4, Thurman 10.
Scott took two games from Kingston during the regular season and picked up win number three Friday night, 64-52.
Hot shooting was the key to the Highlanders’ success. Scott shot 55 percent from the floor in picking up the 12-point victory.
Despite Scott’s great shooting, Kingston stayed within striking distance for much of the contest. The Jackets trailed by just six points at halftime and were still within range of a victory in the fourth quarter.
Quint Gasque (13 points, Aaron Sampson (11 points) and Tyler Hughes (10 points) scored in double figures for Kingston in the loss.
Stephen Butts (15 points, 6 assists), Logan Lowe (14 points) and Jacob Myers (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Highlanders while Jeremiah Adkins added nine points and 15 rebounds.
Kingston (52) Gasque 13, Sampson 11, Hughes 10, Ashford 1, Adcock 2, Plemens 2, Anderson 6, Thompson 7.
Scott (64) Butts 15, Adkins 9, Myers 13, Lowe 14, Cross 2, Muse 4, Crabtree 7.