Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Picking up right where it left off during the holiday break, the Coffee County Central High School girls’ basketball team put on a defensive clinic against Warren County on Tuesday night inside Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym.
Coffee County defeated Warren County 49-31 to push its current winning streak to seven-straight games. The Lady Raiders (14-1 overall) also avenged their only loss of the season, a 62-54 loss handed down by the Lady Pioneers on Dec. 5 in McMinnville.
The Lady Raiders wasted little time jumping all over Warren County from the opening tip. Coffee County forced 10 Warren County turnovers, including coming away with seven steals in a first quarter where it led 17-4. 10 of those points came from junior Abby Morgan, who finished the game a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor, while also recording six assists and four steals.
Coffee County finished the game with a total of 16 steals.
Sophomore Jenna Garretson took on the assignment of guarding Warren County’s Tyra Wright in the post. Garretson more than held her own, limiting Wright to only eight points after the junior scored 15 in the first meeting between the two teams.
Garretson also led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 13 points.
Warren County 62, Red Raiders 53
The Coffee County and Warren County boys’ basketball teams were tied 39-39 with 3:19 left in the third quarter.
From that point on, a 13-2 run fueled by the 3-point shooting of Warren County helped the Pioneers secure a 62-53 win and a season sweep over the Red Raiders.
Coffee County (9-4 overall) looked poised to pull away from the Pioneers in the second quarter. The Red Raiders had fallen behind 17-11 in the first quarter, but sparked a huge 16-0 run to take a 10-point lead.
But Warren County closed the half on a 15-6 run, getting a buzzer-beater from Eli Jones that cut Coffee County’s lead to just 33-32.
Warren County heated up in the third quarter from 3-point range, knocking down 3-straight with the game tied at 39 and ending the quarter on a 13-2 run that gave the Pioneers an 11-point lead.
The Red Raiders looked tired, but managed to cut Warren County’s lead down to 57-50 in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer from Andrew Mahaffey. However, the Pioneers put the game away at the free-throw line.
Irving Espinoza and Chance Hobbs scored 15 points a piece to lead Warren County.
Darius Rozier led all scorers with 21 points.
NEXT GAME: Home versus Lincoln County on Friday, Jan. 5 (6 p.m.)
(Figures after player’s last name denote field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted and total points.)
Lady Raiders (49)
Jenna Garretson 5-8 3-4 13, Abby Morgan 5-5 2-3 12, Ashley Starks 2-3 1-2 8, Jacey Vaughn 1-6 0-2 8, Bella Vinson 4-7 0-1 8
Team totals: 17-31 (Field goals), 6-14 (Free throws)
3-point goals: 3-10 (Jacey Vaughn 2-2, Ashley Starks 1-3, Ellie Graham 0-1, Bella Vinson 0-4)
Red Raiders (53)
Darius Rozier 4-9 4-4 21, De’Aaron Rozier 4-8 1-2 9, Garrett Booth 3-7 0-0 6, Andrew Mahaffey 0-0 0-0 6, A.J. Rollman 2-2 0-0 4, Harley Hinshaw 2-3 0-0 4, Grey Riddle 1-3 1-2 3
Team totals: 16-32 (Field goals), 6-8 (Free throws)
3-point goals: 5-14 (Darius Rozier 3-6, Andrew Mahaffey 2-3, A.J. Rollman 0-1, De’Aaron Rozier 0-1, Garrett Booth 0-1)
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