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Lady Hornets Compete in Nashville

Lady Hornets at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

By T.J. Morgan

Freelance Sports Writer


The Lady Hornets traveled to Lipscomb Academy in Nashville last week to play in the More Than Basketball Tournament. Their first round matchup Wednesday was against Goodpasture Christian (8-3) out of Madison, Tennessee. The Lady Hornets went up big early, putting 14 points on the board before the Lady Cougars scored. Behind double-doubles from both Anna Grace Blythe and Jozie Allen the Lady Hornets took a 32-20 lead into the half. From tip to late in the fourth the Lady Hornets maintained the lead, but the Lady Cougars made a late run, taking the lead with 1:06 remaining in the game. As a result of the late Goodpasture run, the Lady Hornets fell in the opening round 47-52.

Thursday in the second round of their tournament, the Lady Hornets faced the Overton Lady Bobcats (8-6). The Lady Hornets would again jump out to an early lead, up 15-3 half way through the first quarter. The girls would hold on to their lead Thursday, going up 28-10 after one, and maintaining a 20 plus point lead for the remainder of the game. The Lady Hornets had four in double digits in their 69-34 victory, Anna Grace Blythe (15), Jozie Allen (13), Bree Jolly (12), and Lily Blythe (10).

In their final game Thursday, the Lady Hornets played a very talented Brentwood Academy (4-7) team. Playing their third game in three days, the Lady Hornets would not come out as hot as the previous two days, trailing 13-2 early. Facing a 9-point deficit at the half, 30-21, the Lady Hornets would quickly find themselves down 18, as the Lady Eagles started the second half on a 9-0 run. Despite a couple late runs, the Lady Hornets could never climb the final hurdle, losing 47-57.

Anna Grace Blythe had an impressive week in Nashville, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds over the three games and shooting 7-9 (78%) from three Wednesday and Thursday.

Spending the week together, the girls were able to use their free time team building away from the court, enjoying meals and activities across Nashville.

Lady Hornets in their Airbnb rental in Nashville. Photos courtesy of Metcalfe County Schools

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