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After 312 Straight Losses, Juvenile Court’s Girls Basketball Team Prevails

The Lady Jaguars, sometimes with barely enough girls to compete, and rarely with players experienced in basketball, are routinely on the losing end of laughably lopsided scores. Each season, Hatch sees one or two games on the schedule where he believes, just maybe, the streak could end. One of those games came on Thursday night. Carroll Academy lost, 40-29, one of the closer defeats of the losing streak.

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Randy Hatch, coach of the girls basketball team at Carroll Academy in Huntingdon, Tenn., in 2012.

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This year’s team, however, has one of west Tennessee’s top 3-point shooters, a senior named Kaitlyn Evans. She scored 22 points on Friday, including a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.

“Everybody’s bawling, and Hayley cried when it went to overtime,” Hatch said in a phone interview. “To them, 22-22, that’s pretty remarkable.”

Hatch told everyone to calm down. The first overtime decided nothing, but Evans put Carroll Academy ahead in the final minute of the second overtime. Immaculate…

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