published Friday, February 19th, 2010

Wiseman sparks Grundy to victory

COALMONT, Tenn. -- Her right foot soaking in a bucket of ice and her eyes cast down at the floor, Chelsey Wiseman looked like anything but a conquering hero.

Grundy County's talented sophomore shooter had struggled for much of the night, but with her team trailing by two points heading into the fourth quarter, Wiseman scored consecutive baskets in a 40-second span, sparking a 14-2 run in the Lady Jackets' 48-39 District 7-AA semifinal victory over Sequatchie County.

Grundy will play Chattanooga Christian in Tuesday's championship game.

"I felt the pressure tonight and didn't really have a very good game," said Wiseman, who seemed surprised when told she had scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and led all scorers with 18. "Really? I just didn't think I hit that many shots."

Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, but Sequatchie hit three of its first four second-half shots. The Lady Indians, who had lost both previous meetings this season, grabbed their first lead on a layup by Alyssa Lawson with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. Melanie Barker, who led Sequatchie with 13 points, extended the lead to three with a pair of free throws.

But Wiseman and Haley Coffelt, two of Grundy's nine sophomores, combined to score 18 of their team's 20 fourth-quarter points. Coffelt finished with 13 points.

"Before we went back out to start the fourth quarter, I told the girls I only wanted five who were going to hustle and play together," Lady Jackets coach Kasey Woodlee said. "In a game like this, against a rival who was playing so hard, that was going to be what determined the winner.

"It's so hard to beat a good team, especially a rival, three times in a year. But we finally picked up our intensity. Those two sophomores are basketball smart, and a big thing for them is how much they hate to lose. They really picked us up when we needed it."

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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cindereleigh said...

How about reporting the whole story, a major factor in the story, that both of Sequatchie County's starting Sophomore post fouled out in the last few seconds of the third quarter. The reserve post was a sophomore and a freshman. That is smart basketball going to a vulnerable area but it's not like they just turned on a switch when they wanted to and started scoring, and you shouldn't have reported it that way. Poor journalism, or is it journalism at it's finest?

February 19, 2010 at 12:38 a.m.
GrundyFan said...

You know for some time now Sequatchie has dominated this matchup. For YEARS before that Grundy dominated. Now that we're back on top some of you have a hard time accepting it. We beat you 3 times this season and you want to critize Stephen's writing. The cold hard fact is that we're better than you and you might as well get used to it for the next few years. I don't see you picking up a win against us next season or the next for that matter. No matter how Stephen writes the story the results will be the same.

February 19, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
cindereleigh said...

Pretty sure I never mentioned the outcome of the game or criticized any of their players; which it seems to me a Grundy Fan can't seem to open their mouth without criticizing one of the players whether it be the opposing team or one of their own. No matter who had been playing when 2 starters foul out before 4th quarter that's a huge fact. I didn't argue the calling or say if they hadn't they wouldn't have been beat, did I? I did in fact criticize Stephen's writing, not the players or either team, (unlike yourself) and I simply asked him to state all the facts, not just the one's that make a dramatic story for him; unlike yourself, I favor accuracy over drama. I stand by that simple request.

February 19, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
jml6169 said...

Well Grundy has what it takes,they have the best teams in all sports fors years even when I atteneded there.I grew up in Grundy County so I can tell you they are good.

May 20, 2010 at 5:33 p.m.
mtnmanbballfan said...

It takes all to be a TEAM, NOT JUST 1. These girls have the opportunity to do great things, they need to get the coaching situation finished. To much talent in this group to be left hanging.

June 1, 2010 at 12:37 p.m.
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