Jamboree kicks off 2018 girls’ basketball season

Published 8:54 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

It was the Big 7 versus the Three Rivers Conference on Monday evening on the hardcourt inside Charlie Bayless Gymnasium at Happy Valley High School as all seven girls’ teams from each conference squared off in 20-minute halves in the 2018 Girls Basketball Jamboree.

All three of the local Three Rivers teams pulled off wins in their respective matchups on the evening against some pretty good competition from the Big 7.

Johnson Co. 22

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Tennessee High 9

If anyone has ever witnessed a Leon Tolley coached girls basketball team, it wouldn’t take very long to see the coach’s thumb print all over the 2018 Lady Longhorn team.

Playing aggressive defense and crashing the board on every 50-50 ball, the Lady Longhorns sent an early message that this is a new year with a team that is ready to take on all comers.

Johnson County blitzed out to a 9-1 lead and played solidly throughout to win their portion of the jamboree 22-9.

Johnson County first official contest will be on November 15th when they welcome Volunteer to Mountain City.

Happy Valley 20

Volunteer 9

It was a new-look Happy Valley Lady Warrior team as new head coach Thomas Gouge unveiled his brand on Warrior Hill as his Lady Warriors came out on top after their 20-minute showdown with the Lady Falcons of Volunteer.

Led by seniors Tianna Long, and Adrienne Henegar along with junior Shalyn Whitson the Lady Warriors showed why they will be a tough team to handle in the new season.

Happy Valley also received strong play off the bench from sophomore Emily Lunceford.

The Lady Warriors will open the official season on November 13th when they host West Greene in a Hall of Champions contest.

Elizabethton 17

Daniel Boone 15

In a tight 20 minutes to close out the jamboree, the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones ran out to a quick lead and had to battle back with under a minute to win their 20-minute session.

Led by senior Abbey Townsend who converted a true three-point play with time winding down, the Lady Cyclones managed to settle after the Lady Trail Blazers recouped from a 9-3 deficit to even the game at 9-9 with nine minutes left to play.

The game was a see-saw affair until Elizabethton took the two-point lead and then managed to run the clock out after a steal.

McKendra Norris, Morgan Headrick, Kaylen Shell, and Torrie Roberts all played a big hand in the helping the Lady Cyclones to the win.

The Lady Cyclones play their first official game on November 13th when they travel to Rogersville to take on the Cherokee Lady Chiefs in a Hall of Champions contest.