Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — In a game matching two full-court defenses against one another, the Coffee County Middle School Lady Raider basketball team turned up the heat on West Tullahoma.
The Lady Raiders suffocated the Lady Bobcats all night, cruising to a season-opening 30-12 win on Monday night in Tullahoma.
Coffee County’s length on defense made it difficult for West to advance the ball across half court, as the Lady Raiders (1-0 overall) recorded 12 steals on the night.
Marley Perry recorded five of those steals to go with a team-high 14 points, pushing the ball up the court in transition to force more opportunities inside the paint against an undersized Lady Bobcats team. As a result, Perry scored six of her points at the free-throw line, while the team finished 7-of-17 as a whole.
STATS: Marley Perry – 14 points, Kiya Ferrell – 7 points, Alyssa McClanahan – 4 points, Maggie Crouch – 3 points, Nikki Graham – 2 points
West Tullahoma 56, Red Raiders 35
The Red Raiders faced the same issues that plagued the Lady Bobcats, surrendering a good amount of size to the West boys’ basketball team that contributed to a tough 56-35 loss.
Despite turning the ball over eight times in the first quarter, Coffee County (0-1 overall) only trailed West 11-8. But the turnovers would continue to mount throughout the game, as the Red Raiders finished with 26 total.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats crashed the glass all night against the smaller CCMS lineup, creating second-chance opportunities and surging ahead 29-12 at halftime.
West led by as many as 25 points, and finished the game with two players in double figures – Joseph Duncan (16 points) and Brody Melton (10 points).
STATS: Connor Shemwell – 8 points, Jacob Holder – 7 points, Aidan Abellana – 6 points, Phinehas Rollman – 4 points, Hayden Garr – 3 points, Dayne Crosslin – 3 points, Ethan Baker – 2 points, Cooper Gastineau – 2 points
NEXT GAME: at Rockvale Tournament on Nov. 6-11
Lady Rockets 40, Huntland 36
The Westwood Middle school girls’ basketball team was able pick up its first win on Monday night since the season opener, holding off Huntland 40-36 on the road.
The Lady Rockets led from start to finish, going ahead 25-14 at halftime thanks to a defensive effort that helped limit Huntland to just three points in the second quarter. But the Lady Hornets were able to claw their way back to within 39-36 with 11 seconds left.
Westwood (2-2 overall) would stop the rally just short, led by Kasen Holt, who reached double figures with a total of 10 points.
STATS: Kasen Holt – 10 points, Elizabeth Brown – 8 points, Haidyn Campbell – 7 points, Anna Johnson – 6 points, Maddie Sullivan – 4 points, Kennedy Young – 3 points, Alex Nelson – 2 points
Rockets 45, Huntland 43
The Westwood and Huntland boys basketball teams wrestled back and forth with the lead in the second half, despite Westwood holding a 22-17 lead at halftime.
The Rockets pushed ahead late in the fourth, and used a strong defensive effort to keep the Hornets from rallying in a 45-43 victory, Westwood’s third straight after dropping its season opener.
Huntland actually held a narrow 34-32 lead after the third quarter, but the Rockets’ 13-point fourth quarter left the Hornets intentionally fouling down the stretch before time expired with WMS winning by two points.
STATS: Will Partin – 13 points, John Dobson – 11 points, Trent Thompson – 8 points, Luke Beachboard – 6 points, Konor Heaton – 5 points, Brady Nugent – 2 points
NEXT GAME: at Liberty on Thursday, Nov. 2 (6 p.m.)
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