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Friday Night Around UC Sports Nation: Clay Co. Clinches District Championships

For the second time in the regular season, the Clay County Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs took down rival, Pickett County. The Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 64-47 victory behind 28 points from Abby Head, while the Bulldogs eked out a 46-43 win the nightcap, as Jeff Spivey tallied 16 points. With the pair of wins, both Clay County basketball teams clinch their respective District 7-1A regular season Championships. Both Pickett County teams finish second in the final district standings.

In other games Friday night, White County spoiled Senior Night in Livingston, with a doubleheader sweep. Nia Powers had 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Celeste Reed scored 16 and pulled down 11 boards, as the Warriorettes (20-4, 8-1 District) moved into first place by a half-game with a 64-61 win the opener. Thomas Paul netted 15 points in the nightcap as the Warriors (14-8, 5-4) ended a three-game district losing streak with a 51-28 win.

York Institute also moved a step closer to regular season titles for both the girls and boys, with a sweep of Jackson County, Friday night. Gabby Beaty scored 16 as the Dragonettes (17-5, 5-0) routed the Lady Blue Devils, 52-16, while Bryson Bilbrey knocked down 17 and Nic Smith added 15, as the Dragons (18-6, 5-0) took a 55-49 decision.

Here’s Friday night’s scores from across the Upper Cumberland:

Clay Co. 64
Pickett Co. 47
(CCHS: Wins Regular Season District Championship; Abby Head 28, Briley Burchett 14)
(PCHS: Emmy Lowe 13)

Cookeville 80
Mt. Juliet 37
(CHS: KK Graves 23; seven three-pointers)

Upperman 37
Cumberland Co. 33
(UHS: Brooklyn Crouch 14, Abigail Johnson 11)

York Institute 52
Jackson Co. 16
(YAI: Gabby Beaty 18)

White Co. 64
Livingston Academy 61
(WCHS: Nia Powers 17 pts, 13 rebs; Celeste Reed 16 pts, 11 rebs)
(LA: Keaton Webb 21; Reached 1,000 points for her career)

Sequatchie Co. 63
Monterey 58
(MHS: Lindsey Wright 31)

Stone Memorial 56
Macon Co. 32

Van Buren Co. 49
Bledsoe Co. 24

Coffee Co. 48
Warren Co. 45


Clay Co. 46
Pickett Co. 43 (Zach Amonett 15)
(CCHS: 4th straight District title; Jeff Spivey 16, Grant Strong 14)

Cookeville 67
Mt. Juliet 25
(CHS: Josh Heard 14, Jack Oakley 14)

Cumberland Co. 57
Upperman 46
(CCHS: Jackson Inman 16)
(UHS: Rex Davis 13)

York Institute 55
Jackson Co. 49
(YAI: Bryson Bilbrey 17, Nic Smith 15)

White Co. 51
Livingston Academy 28
(WCHS: Thomas Paul 15, Jakeb Davis 14)

Monterey 68
Sequatchie Co. 55
(MHS: Silas Randolph 23, Brandon Dillon 21)

Stone Memorial 62
Macon Co. 43
(SMHS: Cade Capps 22)

Bledsoe Co. 73
Van Buren Co. 68

Coffee Co. 50
Warren Co. 46

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