Demarco Moore, Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, Tenn. — With shooting and rebounding totals nearly even for both Coffee County and Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School, the only thing left was for one team to string together a few plays to end a marathon meeting inside the CCMS gymnasium.
Whitworth did just that, when Mallory Lawson’s layup on an offensive rebound gave the Lady Yellow Jackets the go-ahead points needed to outlast Coffee County 52-49 in triple-overtime on Monday night. The Lady Yellow Jackets move on to play Harris on Tuesday in the state regional tournament (4:15 p.m.).
For the Lady Raiders (19-4), their season ends in similar fashion to the previous season, when they were bested by Blackman in five overtimes, 46-43.
Monday was no different — a back-and-forth heart-racer that featured 10 ties, 14 lead changes and four points being the biggest lead for either team.
Coffee County led by four points twice in the second overtime, its second lead coming after an Aly Harris free throw that put the Lady Raiders ahead 38-34 with 1:26 left.
But Dan’Angela Wilson, who finished with 17 points, drained a pair of 3-pointers, including the game-tying 3-pointer that came in the closing seconds, extending Whitworth’s season for another 3:00.
The third overtime turned into a free-throw shooting contest, which helped Coffee County again take a 48-47 lead on a pair of makes by Marley Perry with 45 seconds remaining.
Mallory then grabbed a missed shot on the offensive end for Whitworth, scoring the go-ahead putback to give the Lady Yellow Jackets a 49-48 lead. Daisha Rankins then stole the ball away from Coffee County, and would put Whitworth up 51-48 with 14 seconds left.
Each team would add a free throw, and Coffee County had one final possession, down three points with five seconds left.
However, Perry’s 3-point heave sailed right, ending the season for the Central Tennessee Conference tournament champion Lady Raiders.
Perry finished with 24 points, and Ferrell added 18.
CCMS stats: Marley Perry — 24, Kiya Ferrell — 18, Aly Harris — 6, Alyssa McClanahan — 1
Lavergne 60, Red Raiders 27
Lavergne proved to be too much for the Red Raiders, who fell to the hosting Hawks 60-27 in the state tournament play-in game.
Coffee County finished with five 3-pointers, but still trailed 32-8 at halftime, thanks to a fast start by Lavergne that the Red Raiders couldn’t match up with.
Hayden Garr had 3 of those 3-pointers, and led the Red Raiders in scoring with 11 points, as their season ends with a record of 5-15.
CCMS stats: Hayden Garr — 11, Jacob Holder — 4, Dayne Crosslin — 4, Aiden Abellana — 3, Ethan Hargrove — 3, Phinehas Rollman — 2
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