Coffee County Middle School boys' basketball was back at Tullahoma High School Wednesday night for the second round of the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament. Taking on South Franklin Middle School, the Red Raiders started strong before faltering in the fourth quarter in a 35-23 loss to the Trojans.
"We had a good game plan and it worked for three quarters," Coach Jonathan Oliver said afterward. "The fourth quarter didn't go our way. We started getting back to our old ways of speeding up."
The Raiders' tendencies of being too quick on the release for passing and shooting came back to hurt them in the fourth quarter, as missed opportunities allowed South Franklin to open up the game in their favor.
"That's really what [South Franklin] want you to do. That's they're style of play," Oliver explained. "Because of how long and fast they are, you've gotta be really accurate on everything you do."
CMS came out of the gates hot, hitting 10 points in the first quarter while holding South to a single free throw.
The Trojans began to climb back over the course of the second quarter. Coming within two points of the Raiders, Dayne Crosslin hit a three-pointer with two minutes left in the half to make it a 13-8 game. Crosslin hit the Raiders' only shot of the second, but allowed CMS to stay in front 13-12 at halftime.
A closely contested third quarter followed with both teams hitting buckets. After a three-pointer from Hayden Garr tied it at 21, South Franklin hit a pair of free throws to take a 23-21 advantage into the final quarter.
The Trojans opened the fourth quarter with six points early to push away from the Raiders. CMS was limited to a single basket from Garr on the way to the team's season coming to season coming to a close.
"Overall, I'm proud of my guys," Oliver said. "They came in believing they could win and showed for three quarters they could."
Crosslin, Garr and Jacob Holder led the way for the Raiders with six points each. Ethan Hargrove followed with three. Jackson Shemwell finished with two points on the night.