Sequoyah leaves Roane County with sweep

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By Goose Lindsay

Friday was Black Friday for shoppers, but for the Kingston basketball teams, it was Black Monday as the Jackets and Lady Jackets both dropped home games to Sequoyah.

The Lady Jackets took the floor first and dropped a 55-37 decision, then the Chiefs completed the sweep with a 56-51 victory.

Kingston will be at home again Friday when they host Meigs County.

Girls Game

Some nights you just can’t throw it in the ocean and Monday was one of those nights for the Lady Jackets as they shot a dismal 28.9 percent (13-45) from the floor in their 18-point loss against Sequoyah.

Kingston shot 33.3 percent (8-24) in the first half as Sequoyah built a 16-11 lead after one quarter and a 31-20 lead at halftime.

Sydney Nunley had a solid half for Kingston, scoring 10 points. Hunter Simpson led the Lady Chiefs in the first half with 15 points.

Kingston’s chances at victory were washed away in the third period as Sequoyah dominated the frame, 18-6, to make the score 49-26 with one period left to play.

The Lady Jackets did outscore Sequoyah 11-6 in the final period, but it was too late to spark a comeback.

Nunley led Kingston on the night with 16 points and eight rebounds with Alison Mossing and Harli-Blaine Oran chipping in six each.

Lauren Baggett (7 rebounds), Kalli Sampson (4 assists) and Rachel Layne (4 steals) also had solid numbers in the loss.

Simpson paced Sequoyah with 17 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals while Savanna Atchley added 17 points and six rebounds.

Kingston (37) Samspon 3, Mossing 6, Oran 6, Baggett 4, Nunley 16, Layne 2.

Boys Game

In math, three is greater than one, but that wasn’t the case at Roane County High School Monday night, as despite outscoring the Chiefs in three of the four periods played, Kingston dropped a 56-51 decision.

Kingston played well early as Brandon Griffis (9 points) and Jordan Huddleston (6 points) combined for 15 points in leading the Jackets a 16-13 lead after one period of play.

The second period, however, was a disaster for the home team. Kingston scored just six points in the frame while Sequoyah put up 17 to take a 30-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Griffis and Huddleston scored nine points each for Kingston in the first half while Shon Stevens paced the Chiefs with 11 points.

The rest of the game would see Kingston chip away at Sequoyah’s lead, but they could never overcome the poor second quarter.

Six different Jackets scored in the third period as Kingston closed to within 44-38 with eight minutes left to play.

Kingston tried to battle back in the fourth quarter, but the Chiefs hit 10 of 14 free throws in the final frame to preserve the victory.

Griffis (17 points) and Huddleston (16 points) led the way for Kingston on the night with Hunter Golliher adding seven points.

Three players, Stevens (17 points), Andrew Millsaps (13 points) and Taylor Hawkins (10 points) scored in double digits for Sequoyah.

 Kingston (51) Gasque 5, Huddleston 16, Griffis 17, Colquitt 2, Sampson 4, Golliher 7.