Coffee County Middle School girls' basketball's early-season success continued on Monday, Nov. 4. Back at home after a Friday road win at North Franklin, the Lady Raiders followed up with a 40-11 victory over South Franklin.
The lopsided victory came despite several missed shots on the Lady Raiders' offensive end. Despite closing the game up by 29 points, Coach George Pearson believed it could have been a higher margin if not for the lost baskets.
"We didn't have enough offensive focus. We had open looks, we had open layups," Pearson said. "We had plenty of attempts at the free throw line and we just did not execute, put the ball in the basket."
On the defensive side, the girls worked to limit South's chances and prevent them from taking advantage of the Lady Raiders' missed offensive opportunities.
The CMS defense held South to just three points in the first half. The Lady Raiders followed this by allowing just four South points in the third and fourth quarters.
"Defensively, we're flying around getting after it, like always, they're gonna give it all they've got, but offensively, mainly I just don't feel good about tonight," Pearson explained. "I just know what they're capable of doing."
After leading 20-3 at halftime, CMS was limited to seven points in the third quarter, but also held South to fewer opportunities to capitalize.
South was unable to break into the double digits until the fourth quarter as the Lady Raiders hit another 13 to secure the blowout win. This came ahead of the start of tournament play against Murfreesboro teams starting Tuesday.
"We have Seigel tomorrow night and you start playing the Siegels and Oaklands and Christianas of the world, you can't go out there half-hearted," Pearson said. "You've got to put the ball in the basket."
Olivia Vinson led the way with 14 points. Taylor Anthony followed with 13. Addi Sartain added six points, with Kaylee Suggs up next with three. Samantha Kirby and Channah Gannon each netted two points.