By Matt Hill

The JCMS Basketball Teams spent the holidays on the hardwood competing in tournaments and did very well.
The Christmas season was highlighted by the seventh grade boys and girls both advancing to the finals of the “Holiday Classic” at the Smoky Mountain Sports Complex in Elizabethton.
The Longhorn Boys were impressive in four games of action.
JCMS defeated Abingdon 52-42 and then knocked off Ridgeview twice by scores of 63-40 and 58-41 before falling to Rugby, N.C. 54-48
This group of seventh graders continues to play well and continue to please coach Jay Humphrey.
“The offense played really well,” he said. “We had to play back-to-back in the semifinals and finals, but we still played a tough defense. We didn’t do well offensively in the second half of the championship game.”
The seventh-grade girls have come a long way since the beginning of the season and it showed in The Holiday Classic.
The Lady Longhorns avenged an earlier loss to Happy Valley by winning 27-16.
Cindi Edington led the team with 11 points, followed by Amber Morefield with six, Mary Beth Taylor with six, Gianna Lay with three and Hope Nelson with one.
JCMS played very well in the championship game, losing to Elizabethton High feeder school T.A. Dugger 29-19.
Amber Morefield led the girls with seven points, followed by Mary Beth Taylor with five, Hope Nelson, Amber Brown and Jenna McNeil with two and Cindi Edington with one.
Coach Janet Brooks likes the growth of her team.
“The girls are working hard and are showing a lot of improvement,” she said. “I am very proud of them.”
The JCMS Girls Eighth-grade basketball team played in Trailblazer Invitational.
Game One against Gray was a forfeit because of Snow in the area.
“We are glad that we did not get stuck on I 26 like a lot of people did on Friday night,” JCMS head coach Greg Reece said.
Game two: Gate City 41, JCMS 31  Ciera Boudle 13, Brionne Reece 8
“We started a little slow and could not catch up. Gate City shot the ball well from all over the court. They played good defense and were in position to slow us down in our full court offense,” Reece said..
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