GATE CITY — Excuse Jordan Gose if she sleeps in Sunday morning. The Gate City senior fought off the flu in time to lead her basketball team to a 65-52 interstate win over Sullivan South on Saturday.
After two straight nights facing Tennessee schools and some early morning throwing up, you could see why the alarm clock might be turned off.
“I woke up around 3 a.m. and started throwing up and didn’t think I’d be able to play this morning, but slowly got better throughout the day,” Gose said.
She scored a game-high 21 points, with 13 coming in the fourth quarter.
The three Gose sisters combined for 49 points with Morgan adding 20 and Kaely following up with eight.
It was the second win in two nights for Gate City (9-1) over Tennessee schools. On Friday the Lady Blue Devils defeated Sullivan East 58-32.
The Lady Devils found themselves trailing throughout the first half Saturday.
Gate City’s hard-nosed defense was able to force several turnovers by South (8-6), but it could not capitalize on the offensive end and trailed 29-25 at the half.
“We really weren’t able to get anything out of our press in the first half, so at halftime we decided to settle down and play solid halfcourt,” said Gate City coach Kelly Houseright.
The halftime adjustments worked. The teams traded the lead in the third quarter before Jordan Gose’s basket with just under two minutes left in the period gave the Devils a 37-35 lead that they would not squander.
“Boxing out, that is the only thing I would correct,” said South coach Torey Haile. “In the third quarter we did not box out and that is when they got their roll going.”
Morgan Seymore led South with 21 points, including four 3-point baskets. Kayla Tipton scored 12 points and Brayden Hutchins chipped in 10.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our electronic edition.