Yellow Jackets sweep White House at home
SPRINGFIELD – In the final week of play, the Springfield boys and girls basketball teams came out with wins over White House. The Lady Jackets claimed a 52-43 win, while the Boys took home a 75-62 victory. Both games were closer than the final score showed, but Springfield eventually pulled away in both games.
The girls game went into halftime tied at 19; it was anyone’s ball game at that point. Springfield started the third quarter hot, but relied on going 9-of-10 from the free throw line after only making three shots the whole quarter. With time winding down in the third, the Lady Devils made it 35-34 with a last-second shot as the quarter expired.
The fourth quarter played out in Springfield’s favor with help from more free throws. The Lady Jackets only made three of their shots, but shooting 11-of-12 from the free-throw line was more than enough to grab the win.
All but 20 of Springfield’s points came from Marina Sherrod and Zetta Reams, who scored 16 a piece.
The Lady Jackets have two district games left this week to determine the seeding. With wins over West Creek (0-13 district) and Northeast (3-11 district), Springfield can finish 8-8 in the district. Montgomery County is tied with Springfield right now, but if the Lady Jackets win out and Central loses to Kenwood (8-6) or Northwest, Springfield will finish as the No. 5 seed.
The Lady Devils are 0-11 in the district and finished as the No. 7 seed in district 9-AA.
White House 62 (boys)
White House and Springfield played their usual roles in the beginning of the boys game. White House had a typically impressive first quarter, while Springfield was just getting warmed up. The Blue Devils had an 18-11 lead over Springfield, but in the second quarter, Springfield took a 35-29 lead heading into halftime.
The Yellow Jackets kept their lead the rest of the game with the help of Trevon Heath’s 19 points in two quarters, including a 3-pointer and a third-quarter dunk to seal the win.
“We played a good game,” Heath said. “We played better than we have been playing the last five games. We needed this win. We’re tired of losing and we had to get the egg off. We just have to keep going hard every week here on out.
“We have to win these last two heading into the tournament. If Adarion can’t do what he usually does, I knew I had to step up. We all have to step up and let him know that we have his back.”
While it wasn’t a district win for the Yellow Jackets, Springfield was on a five-game district losing streak and needed this win badly to boost their confidence heading into the the rest of their district games and the district tournament next week.
“Trevon had a great game for us tonight,” Yellow Jackets coach Micah Rochester said. “We knew Adarion, Aaron and Trevon had to get points for us. Noah has been a huge pleasant surprise shooting the basketball, he had a big game against West Creek and tonight. Preferably, I like to have a team where everyone scores 9-15 points and that makes it hard to stop. Hopefully everyone is starting to figure out their role.”
The Jackets are sitting eighth out of nine district teams, but could finish seventh with a win over West Creek Tuesday or Northeast on Friday, combined with two Clarksville losses against Henry County and Northeast.
“We’re playing two really good, athletic teams this week,” Rochester said. “Northeast has been the cream of the crop this year. We’ll probably have to play Northwest in the tournament and if we can find a way to win that game, we’ll have to play Northeast in the next game.
“I really think if we play, we can play with anybody in middle Tennessee. We just have to play well this week and get some confidence heading into the tournament.”
GIRLS BOX SCORE:
Springfield (52): Marina Sherrod 16, Zetta Reams 16, Elizabeth Funk 8, Shatayah Bowens 7, Olivia Tejada 3, Katie Rhodes 2
White House (43): Mckenzie Vaughn 16, Kelly Cain 15, Sarah Cartwright 4, Grace Maupin 4, Alexis Bess 2, Ragan Anderson 2
BOYS BOX SCORE:
Springfield (75): Trevon Heath 19, Adarion Hudson 13, Aaron Gardner 10, Dayron Johnson 10, Cole Van Vleet 9, Noah Waltz 8, Will Smith 3
White House (62): Jared Ward 32, Bryant Reynolds 11, Durstin Adams 8, Evan Webster 5, Cole Pond 4, Zak Lamaal 2