The top-rated boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from Macon County Jr. High won the Cumberland Rim Tournament last week. The tournament ran from January 9 - 13, 2014 and was hosted by Red Boiling Springs Jr. High, who call it the Highland Rim Tournament. In the boys’ games, Macon County Jr. High placed first. Jackson County placed second. Red Boiling Springs Jr. High placed third and Celina placed fourth. In the girls’ games, Macon County Jr. High placed first. Celina placed second. Jackson County placed third and Red Boiling Springs placed fourth. The tournament marks the end of the basketball season for most of the jr. high teams. Those on top, like Macon County, will compete further for regional and state championship. This week, they are playing in the James C. Haile state tournament in Murfreesboro.
On the first day of the tournament, the Red Boiling Springs Boys Basketball Team played Trousdale County and Celina played Westmoreland. The Red Boiling Springs Girls Basketball Team played Westmoreland and Jackson County played Trousdale. Red Boiling Springs won both of their games, 30-24 for the boys, 24-19 for the girls. Macon County Jr. High entered the tournament on the 11th of January, playing both the girls’ and boys’ teams from Red Boiling Springs. Macon County won both games: 39-19 boys, 41-10 girls. On the 13th, the Macon County boys played Jackson County and the Macon County girls played Celina. They won both games: 49-26 boys, 36-31 girls, and the tournament.
For the boys, Seth Carlisle #15 was awarded Most Valuable Player. Heston King #50, Riley Phillips #53, Cole Carnahan #12 and Aaron Colter #3 were awarded All Tournament. For the girls, Kyndall Bullington was awarded Most Valuable Player. Kaylynn Dalton #33, Keeley Carter #34, Matti Goolsby #42 and Keeley Clariday #22 were awarded All Tournament.
1/11 Macon County JH v Red Boiling Springs JH Boys 39-19
On January 11th, in their first game of the Cumberland Rim Tournament, Macon County Jr. High played Red Boiling Springs. They
terrorized the court, putting 18 points on the board in the first quarter to Red Boiling Springs’ 4, 7 in the second quarter, 6 in the third and 8 in the fourth. #15 Seth Carlisle was the top scorer with 14 points. #50 Heston King made 9. #53 Riley Phillips made 8. #12 Cole Carnahan made 4. And, #5 Josh Hauskins and #20 Spencer Hogin each made 2. Coach Wesley Clayborne made sure that every member of the Macon County Boys Basketball Team got a chance to play. Overall, Macon County made 19 of 32 two-point and whoops 0 of 9 three-point baskets, 1 of 2 free-throws, 3 offensive and 8 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, 11 steals, 2 blocks, 6 turnovers and 11 fouls. Red Boiling Springs fought back, but the Tigers took the game 39-19.
1/11 Macon County JH v Red Boiling Springs JH Girls 41-10
In the girl’s game, #34 Keeley Carter was the top scorer. She made 9 points in the game. #22 Keeley Clariday and #43 Kyndall Bullington each made 7 points, including two 3’s from Clariday. #23 Morgan Carter made 6 points. #52 Mara King made 4. #33 Kaylynn Dalton and #10 Krista Perkins each made 3. #32 Allison Shoulders made 2. The team put 23 points on the board in the first quarter, 9 in the second, 1 in the third and 8 in the fourth. They won the game easily with 13 of 51 successful two-point and 3 of 8 successful three-point baskets. They made 6 of 21 free-throws, 24 offensive and 15 defensive rebounds, 3 assists, 20 steals, 4 blocks, 7 turnovers and 13 fouls. Leaving no doubts as to why they are top-rated, the Tigerettes won 41-10.
1/13 Macon County JH v Jackson County Boys 49-26
The Tigers won their second and final game in the tournament against Jackson County 49-26. They put 13 points on the board in the first quarter, 11 in the second, 12 in the third and 13 in the fourth. #15 Seth Carlisle was the top scorer with 20 points. #50 Heston King was next with 14. #53 Riley Phillips and #32 Luke Perrigo made 4 points each. #12 Cole Carnahan made 3. #34 Trent Cook and #20 Spencer Hogin each made 2. The first half of the game was fast-paced and evenly matched with Macon County and Jackson trading the advantage. The second half was ever faster-paced and the Tigers held Jackson County to only 6 points, winning the game 49-26.
1/13 Macon County JH v Celina Girls 36-31
The Tigerettes also won their second and final game of the tournament. They played a hard game against Celina, who took the lead throughout most of the first half of the game. Every point was hard-won and the coaches for both teams struggled to rotate players sufficiently to keep everyone rested and energized. Macon County put only 6 points on the board in the first quarter. They revved up offensively in the second quarter and added 12 points. They added another 8 in the third quarter and made 10 in the fourth quarter. #22 Keeley Clariday made 3 points in the game. #33 Kaylynn Dalton made 12. #34 Keeley Carter made 6. #43 Kyndall Bullington made 8. #42 Mattie Goolsby made 4. ##12 Mallory Owens made 1. #23 Morgan Carter made 2. The Tigerettes battled through and won the game 36-31.