It wasn’t a real break for the Coffee County basketball squads as the boys ended up playing host to a holiday tournament while the girls ended up playing in a pair of Christmas classics.
For the boys, it was a split going into Christmas as they knew too much for Knowledge Academy out of Knoxville, beating them 71-38 before losing a close tilt with Glencliff, 72-68.
The opening game against Knowledge was a blowout from the beginning as the Raiders held a 37-15 lead going into the locker room, thanks in part of the scoring of Jaylen Wooten who led his squad with 12 points on the night. He was joined in double digits by Hayden Hullet with 11.
The nightcap was much more competitive although the Raiders went into the final frame with a three point lead. Biting the Raiders was struggles down the stretch at the free throw line as they shot just 50 percent from the charity stripe in the fourth while Glencliff got hot, scoring 24 points in the fourth period.
The loss came despite an outstanding performance by Jaxon Vaughn who had 21 for the Raiders. Wooten followed up his Knowledge showing with 12 against the Colts. C.J. Anthony also joined the double digit club with 12.
The Raiders next see action on Jan. 3 when they travel to Warren County for a border battle with the Pioneers.
Due to holiday deadlines, the results of the girls’ games against Madison Academy at the State Farm Classic at Riverdale nor their tilts with Bartlett and Fayette Academy at the Fayette Academy Christmas Classic were available by press-time.