Lovelace honored by Tennessee Senate

Morristown West’s Trent Lovelace was honored by the Tennessee Senate for scoring his 1,000th point during the 2019-20 season.

Trent Lovelace thought he was going to Morristown West to just drop off his textbooks this week. What he didn’t know, was that Morristown West Athletic Director Calvin Decker had a surprise.

During his senior season, Lovelace scored his 1,000th career point for the Trojans. For this achievement, the Tennessee Senate issued a joint resolution to recognize and honor Lovelace.

“I wasn’t expecting anything like that at all,” Lovelace said. “He (Decker) gave me this huge envelope, and it was the resolution. It describes my freshman year to senior year on there. It was really cool.”

The resolution commends Lovelace for the honor and all of his achievements throughout his high school basketball career. The resolution was signed by State Senators and Representatives as well as Gov. Bill Lee.

“Be it resolved by the Senate of the 111 General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, the House of Representatives concurring, that we congratulate Trent Lovelace on scoring 1,000 career points with the Morristown West High School Trojans basketball team, commend his decision to athletic excellence and extend to him our best wishes for continued success in all his future endeavors,” the resolution reads.

For Lovelace, the resolution caps off a successful high school career.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Lovelace said. “I get to keep that for forever. It’s a big honor. I want to always look for the future and always try and improve, but it’s a big honor.”

The 1,000 point came on a free throw in West’s game on January 16. While the moment itself was big already, the Trojans opponent, cross-town rival Morristown East, made it even more special. West came out of victorious, 56-53.

“It was amazing,” Lovelace said after that game. “And we got the win. That was amazing. Especially because it says on the ball that it was against East. I will have that forever.”

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the Morristown West basketball program over the last four years, in large part thanks to Lovelace.

The Trojans won just 12 games during his freshman season and 16 his sophomore year as Lovelace came off the bench. Then, during Jonathan Smith’s first season as coach and with Lovelace breaking into the starting lineup, West won 23 games, making it to the Region 1-AAA quarterfinals.

With eight seniors graduating from that 23-win team, Lovelace took over the leadership role on the squad, leading them to an 18-12 record. Lovelace scored 40 points in the season opener against Grainger, 27 against Gatlinburg-Pittman and 29 against Cocke County.

“In his senior season, Trent Lovelace has taken on the role of primary scorer for the team, a role in which he has excelled, scoring 40 points on the team’s opening night and continuing that stellar play,” the resolution from the Tennessee Senate reads. “A natural scorer and knockdown three-point shooter, he has shouldered a heavy load for the Trojans team and continues to deliver big moments.”