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The Cookeville Cavaliers and Lady Cavs came to the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym Tuesday and handed Central High School two losses in basketball.
The Lady Raiders lost 50-40, and the Red Raiders, who were still within two at the top of the fourth quarter, ended up losing 69-58.
With victory within reach in the final minutes, the Red Raiders were repeatedly forced to foul the Cavaliers in order to regain possession. Cookeville’s Phillip Roper, however, sank eight of nine free-throws as the Cavaliers scored 24 in the fourth period.
Despite the loss, however, Lance Crismond set an unofficial school record with 10 three-point buckets on the way to 34 points. Also scoring for the Red Raiders were Lucas Crismond (10), Anthony Jackson (7), Addision Carter (4), Lake Elam (2), and Brock-Ivey Bodman (1).
CHS coach Scott Givens pointed out the overall strength of the Cookeville team (18-5).
“They’re real balanced,” said Givens, who noted that four Cookeville starters scored in double-digits. “They’ve got an inside game, they can shoot a three, they’ve got a really good point guard. They’re really tough to guard. You can’t zone them, and when you man them, they run a lot of good stuff.”
“The difference in this game is they’ve got an inside game, and we don’t,” Givens concluded.
Crismond’s dominance from the perimeter was not as much a strategy as an opportunity, according to both Givens and Crismond.
“I just came out hitting, so I kept shooting,” Crismond said. “I was just trying to demand the ball, and I was hot.”
Givens acknowledged Crismond’s individual effort, but said that “Other players have got to step up and take care of the ball.”
The boys are now 7-12 for the year and 0-3 in District 6-AAA. Cookeville’s district record improves to 2-1.
The Lady Raiders matched the Lady Cavs in scoring early in the game and ended the first quarter tied 7-7. By the half Cookeville was up by three, and they widened their lead in the third. A 19-point fourth quarter clinched the win for the Lady Cavs.
“The first couple of minutes of the third quarter was the difference in the ball game,” said CHS coach David Muckle. “We struggled to score in the third, and that really hurt us.”
The Lady Cavs also benefited by hitting 21 of 27 free-throws, while the Lady Raiders sank only five of 11.
For the second straight game Katie Reid was top scorer for the Lady Raiders, this time time with 13. Also scoring for the girls were Alaina Lusk (9), Ginny Clayborne (6), Missy Jones (5), Ta’Neesa Buchanan (4), and Michaela Gregory (3).
The girls are now 9-11 for the year and 2-1 in the district. The Cookeville girls are now 9-9 overall and 2-0 in district play.
CHS hosts Tullahoma Saturday. Tip off for the girls is at 6 p.m.