Townsend returns the ball

Jayden Townsend makes a return during Thursday’s five-set loss to Morristown East at home – the first for JCHS in district play this season. – J.D. VAUGHN | THE STANDARD BANNER

DANDRIDGE — Full strength or not, Jefferson County proved effort won’t be an issue.

Still missing three starters, the Lady Patriots took the defending district champions to five sets. Morristown East did keep its conference record unblemished with a five-set win Thursday night in Dumplin Valley (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 14-25 and 15-11).

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