Chloe Gannon

Chloe Gannon battles for a basket in the first half Thursday night's game. Gannon led the Lady Raiders with 12 points on the way to the victory. 

Coffee County Middle School girls' basketball was back on the court Thursday night take on Tullahoma East Middle School. In their final home game of the regular season, the Lady Raiders broke away in the second half for a 29-22 victory. 

Alivia Reel got things started for CMS with two points just over a minute in. Putting up six points over the next few minutes, East pushed back to tie it at 6-6 at the close of the first quarter. 

The Lady Panthers took their first lead of the night not long after the start of the second, hitting two back-to-back three pointers to make it a 12-6 East advantage.

Over the final three minutes of the first half, CMS battled back to tie it at 12 off made points from Reel, Chloe Gannon and Abby Mahaffey. With 13 seconds till halftime, Holli Hancock pulled off a steal and ran the ball up for a basket, putting the Lady Raiders back in front at 14-12. 

CMS began to push away at the start of the second half. After taking a 22-16 lead at the end of the third, the Lady Raiders kept it going to finish the fourth quarter up by seven. 

Coach George Pearson was unavailable for comment after the game.

Gannon led the way for Coffee Middle with 12 points. She was followed by six points from Reel. Maggie Crouch came in at four points, with Nikki Graham right behind at three. Mahaffey and Hancock finished the game with two points each.  

Staff Writer

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