Jackets celebrate special night with sweep

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By Goose Lindsay

The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets celebrated Senior Night in style on Monday as both teams picked up victories over visiting Coalfield.

The Lady Jackets took the floor first on Monday and gutted out a 59-50 victory over Coalfield.

The boys game would see Coalfield lead throughout, but Kingston ended the game with a 13-0 run to pick up a 56-46 victory.

Girls Game

Kingston's Haley Cornellison put on a show Monday night as the talented Kingston sophomore scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in leading the Lady Jackets to a 59-50 victory.

Cornellison, however, didn't get off to a fast start. That was left up to Kingston's Makayla Cordell. Cordell buried a pair of three-pointers and scored eight points in the opening frame as Kingston led 13-7 after eight minutes of play.

Coalfield's Samantha Hamby opened the second period with a three-pointer that cut Kingston's lead to 13-10, but the Lady Jackets answered with a 10-0 run to take a 23-10 lead. That double-digit lead would be short-lived though, as Coalfield ended the half on a 7-2 run that made the score 25-17 at halftime.

Cordell buried two more triples in the second period for Kingston while Alaina Jordan led Coalfield in the first half with nine points.

Things would heat up in the third period as Coalfield outscored Kingston 17-15 in the frame to pull within 40-34 with eight minutes left to play.

Hamby (9 points) and Jordan (8 points) combined to score all 17 points in the period for Coalfield while Cornellison scored seven points in the period for Kingston.

Coalfield continued to fight in the fourth quarter as the visiting Lady Jackets closed to within three points at 52-49 with 1:35 to play thanks to a three-pointer from Erika Foster.

Coalfield, however, would get no closer as Kingston ended the game on a 7-1 run.

Cornellison scored 13 of her 26 points in the final period.

Besides Cornellison, Cordell (16 points) also scored in double figures for Kingston. Mica Gaines added 12 rebounds on the night for Kingston as the Lady Jackets out-rebounded Coalfield, 44-16.

Jordan (23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Hamby (14 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds) led the way for Coalfield.

Coalfield (50) Jordan 23, Hamby 14, E. Foster 9, A. Foster 2, McNeal 2.

Kingston (59) Fuller 2, Cornellison 26, Smith 4, Cordell 16, Eason 5, Gaines 2, Neal 2, Pankey 2.

Boys Game

Coalfield held the lead for much of Monday's game, but in the end the home-standing Yellow Jackets from Kingston would use a game-ending 13-0 run to pick up a 56-46 victory.

Coalfield came out quick as they doubled-up Kingston in the first period, 12-6. The second period was also won by Coalfield, 11-9, to take a 23-15 lead at halftime.

Kingston began to push the pace in the third period and that allowed the Jackets to pull within 36-34 with eight minutes left to play.

Aaron Fielden led Kingston's third period charge with 10 points.

Coalfield opened the final period with a three-pointer from Austin Hicks, but Kingston answered with a triple from Brandon Griffis and a basket inside from Jordan Huddleston to tie the game at 39 with 5:15 left to play.

Coalfield came back with a 7-3 run that would give the Morgan County Jackets a 46-43 lead with 3:37 left to play.

Unfortunately for Coalfield, the final 3:37 would yield no points as Kingston closed with a bang.

Lucas Clower drove the base line and pulled Kingston to within one at 46-45 with 2:58 left to play then Huddleston hit two free throws 25 seconds later to give the Jackets the lead for good.

Kingston would add nine points down the stretch to end the game with a 10-point margin of victory.

Fielden led Kingston on the night with 18 points and five rebounds while Huddleston added 15 points and five boards.

Derek Basler pulled down a game-high eight rebounds for Kingston.

Dillon Wilson (13 points, 6 rebounds) and Cody Duncan (10 points) led the way for Coalfield.

Coalfield (46) C. Hill 5, Wilson 13, Powers 5, Bogard 7, Duncan 10, Hicks 6.

Kingston (56) Huddleston 15, Mossing 1, Fielden 18, Clower 8, Basler 4, Griffis 8, Boles 2.