The North Jackson varsity girls basketball team closed the regular-season with a win over its state-line neighbor.

The Class 4A No. 4-ranked Chiefs built an 18-point halftime lead on the way to a 72-42 “Senior Night” victory over Richard Hardy of South Pittsburg Tennessee Friday night in Stevenson.

North Jackson (18-8) led 17-12 after one quarter before moving in front 33-15 at halftime and extending the lead to 53-33 after three quarters.

Summer Varnum led a balanced North Jackson scoring attack with 13 points. Sarah Morgan and Tyra Smith finished with 12 points each while Delana Pierce had 10, Hadley Barnette seven and Paige Dunn, Sarah Garner and Maci Moore had five each.

Morgan reached the 1,000 career point mark for her career during the game.

Gracie Cox scored 14 points and Abbie Gribble added nine for Richard Hardy (1-21).


North Jackson 84, Richard Hardy (Tenn.) 40 — At Stevenson, the Chiefs closed the regular-season with a dominant performance against Richard Hardy.

North Jackson (17-9) stormed in front 25-11 after one quarter before leading 44-24 at halftime and 66-34 after three quarters.

Four Chiefs scored in double figures, with Eli Gill scoring 19, Zeke Ballard 15, Cade Reed 12 and Tyrus Jackson with 10. North Jackson also got seven points from Nick Sprinkel and six each from Alex Roper and Brandyn Thompson.

Anthony Rector scored 27 points for Richard Hardy (6-17).


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