Lamb, Lady Grizzlies dominate, 91-44
Grainger’s Karli Combs (10) goes up for a basket against a Chucky-Doak’s Corrie Haynes on Tuesday night in Rutledge. The top-ranked Lady Grizzlies defeated the Lady Black Knights 91-44.
RUTLEDGE — The Grainger Lady Grizzlies took to the court Tuesday night as the top ranked team in the state in Class AA basketball as they hosted the Chuckey-Doak Lady Black Knights. Coach Justin Combs’ troops lived up to their lofty ranking.
The Lady Grizzlies used a 23-6 run in the first period to set the tone for the entire game as they exploded for a 91-44 win over the Lady Knights, their biggest offensive outburst of the season.
Grainger improves to 16-3 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Chuckey-Doak falls to 4-13, 2-3 in league play.
Combs was looking for a more balanced scoring attack after last week’s sluggish conference win over Greeneville and that is just what he got in Tuesday’s game. Four different Lady Grizzlies scored in double figures, led by Blake Lamb’s game-high 28 points. Allison Hodge had 13, Celeste Stratton had 11 points, which included some big 3-pointers, and Amber Farmer turned in 10. Grainger banged home 11 3-pointers.
Combs said he wanted to mix things up against the Lady Black Knights.
“I felt like I needed to turn some of these younger kids loose, trust them and give them a chance and they went out tonight and didn’t make me sorry,” Combs said.
Grainger received contributions from their bench as well as Marissa Hipsher had 7 points, Ashlyn Hodge had 5 points, Kenzie Conn and Kylie Cabbage each finished with 4 each and Holly Black added 3.
“We have a lot of athletes in that younger group and they did a good job of stepping up tonight,” Combs said. “That was probably the most energy and effort we have given for the entire 32 minutes and that includes some of the better wins we have had this season.”
The Lady Grizzlies were slow out of the gate and trailed 4-2 when Combs called a time out to engage in a spirited, albeit one-sided, conversation.
-By Marlin Curnutt, Tribune Correspondent