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Lady Raiders season ends with last-second loss

Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

The Coffee County Central High School Lady Raiders season ended Friday night with a devastating 39-37 loss to McMinn County in the first round of the region basketball tournament.

The lead went back and forth throughout the contest, but the game was was tied at 37 with 9.7

McMinn County's KeKe Smith pushes by Ta'Neesa Buchanan, left, and Ginny Clayborne to score the winning goal as time expires. (Staff photo by Milton Stanley)

seconds to go and Coffee County inbounding the ball. Katie Reid’s shot at the goal missed, McMinn County got the rebound, and seconds later Lady Cherokee KeKe Smith scored the winning lay up as time expired.

Ginny Clayborne led the Lady Raiders in scoring with 16. Also contributing points were Alaina Lusk (10), Reid (6) and Michaela Gregory (5). Reid led the team in assists with four and, along with Clayborne, in rebounds with six. Clayborne had three blocked shots.

The Lady Raiders finish the season at 15-15.