The girls jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter, but were completely
shut down in the second quarter, which ended with the Lady Raiders up 16-12. Cumberland County tied it briefly in the third quarter before Coffee County pulled ahead in the fourth.
“I thought we had a great first quarter, played really well. Started a little slow, but then got it cranked up and started really doing some good things. We put 16 points on the board in that quarter,” said Lady Raiders coach David Muckle. “The second quarter we just kind of disappeared. They went into the matchup zone, and we just didn’t make the best of decisions, I don’t think. We didn’t find open spots in their zone, and tight turnovers gave them extra opportunities. Lucky for us, they missed some shots and had some miscues of their own, and we were able to maintain a lead.”
“The third quarter was a respectable quarter. We didn’t throw the ball away a lot. Then the fourth quarter I think we stepped up and did really some good things. Got some rebounds and putbacks—Alaina Lusk—and got the ball inside. And in addition to that we had some people step up and make some free-throws for us,” Muckle explained. He noted that in the fourth quarter the Lady Raiders were successful in shutting down Cumberland County’s dribble-drive offense and forced the Lady Jets to shoot some contested shots. At the same time, Muckle said Coffee County still needs to grab more defensive rebounds.
Scoring for Coffee County were Alaina Lusk (19), Ginny Clayborne (12), Ta’Neesa Bucahan (4), Katie Reid (2) and Sara Brown (2). Clayborne led the Lady Raiders in rebounds with 10, and Reid was tops in assists with 6.
Top scorers for the Lady Jets were Courtney Smith (14) and Makenzie Iles (9).
The Lady Raiders are now 5-1 in District 6-AAA and 13-11 overall.
In the boys’ game Coffee County held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter but trailed by five at the half. The Jets widened the lead in the third and held on till the end.
“We didn’t play well enough over four quarters—didn’t defend well enough, and they’re a tough team to defend.They shot the ball better tonight than they did the first time,” said Red Raiders coach Scott Givens. “That Qualls kid is a heck of a player. I don’t think we’ve played against a better player than Qualls. He’s just supper quick. If he’s making shots form the perimeter, it makes him even tougher.”
Givens also said the Red Raiders are spending too long on defense and not forcing the other side to play defense as long. No matter the level of a team’s conditioning, that disparity is taxing on players, Givens explained.
Lance Crismond led the Red Raiders in scoring with 22. Also putting points on the board for the Red Raiders were Addison Carter (9), Lucas Crismond (8), Anthony Jackson (6), Lake Elam (3), and Brock Ivey-Bodman (3). Top scorers for Cumberland County were Dylan Qualls (20) and Taylor Houston (18).
The Red Raiders are now 1-5 in the district and 9-14 overall.
On Friday CHS travels to Cookeville for another pair of district matchups.