Jefferson Lady Elks

Pictured above are the Jefferson Middle Lady Elks, who won the 2021 Girls’ Tommy Bettis Classic at Maury Middle School the last week in October. From left to right are (front) Kayli Reeece, Miley Parker, Annette Emmert, Kaelyn Metcalf; (back) Hattie Johnston, head coach Trey Mullins, Peyton Wood, Alexis Champ, London Trent, Mattie Edmonds and Ashlyn Lavignette.

DANDRIDGE — Before Middle 8 Conference play opened up this week, the Jefferson Middle Lady Elks got off to a strong start to the year by claiming the 2021 title at the annual Tommy Bettis Classic held at Maury Middle School.

Despite falling to the Maury Lady Hornets in their first matchup of the tournament, the Lady Elks rallied with wins over White Pine and Rush Strong to set up a rematch for the title against the host school. They edged out Maury in the championship game, 36-34, completing a stellar comeback to take home some early season hardware for the 2021-22 season.

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