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Loss ends season for Jr. Lady Devils

A late Unicoi County Middle School rally fell just short last week.
The Jr. Lady Blue Devils went the distance and fought hard in the fourth quarter, but were unable to pull away in a 31-25 defeat to John Sevier Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 28, in the consolation bracket of the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) Class AAA Area 1 tournament in Kingsport.
The loss ended the season for the UCMS team, which earned a third seed into the area tournament and fell in the winners’ bracket to Colonial Heights, 32-28, on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
“We just couldn’t shoot Thursday,” UCMS head coach Lauren Trivette said. “The girls played hard and they worked hard the whole game. We just couldn’t get things to go our way.”
John Sevier held a 24-17 to start the fourth quarter, but the Lady Devils would begin to mount a comeback. Caroline Podvin opened the frame with a bucket to pull within five points, 24-19. Leah Edney and Kaitlin Bailey combined for three points to pull within a bucket, 24-22, but Sevier added enough offensive firepower to earn the triumph.
The UCMS varsity team included Bailey, Podvin, Edney, Nickolette Ferguson, Kiley Bennett, Ashtan Vance, Jayla Stockfelt, Jaylee Long, Taylor Sanders, Kaylia Street and Lindsey King.
The future of the program is looking bright, according to the head coach, and the varsity and junior varsity teams were able to make considerable strides throughout the 2015-2016 season.
“They’ve played awesome this season,” Trivette said. “They played their hearts out for me every single game. They have grown so much as players and people in general. This has been a great season for my first year and they had a fabulous record. They are going to go far as athletes.”