Coffee County Middle School girls' basketball began its postseason push Wednesday night at Tullahoma High School. Taking on Warren County in the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament, the Lady Raiders took the lead in the first quarter and didn't let up in a 35-9 victory.
"Our girls played really good defense," Coach George Pearson said afterward. "Defensively they did a really good job, managed to rebound the ball some and put it in the basket more than they did."
The CMS defense played a key role in allowing for such a wide margin of victory, holding the Lady Pioneers to single digits through all four quarters.
"Our press really helped us out a lot. We got some steals and some easy baskets," Pearson continued. "We were able to get down the floor without having to worry about their pressure as much."
Warren County hit the game's first points early, taking a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter. With 2:36 on the clock, Alivia Reel got the Lady Raiders on the board with a three-pointer. Olivia Vinson hit her own three-point shot a minute later, putting CMS up 6-4 at the quarter's close.
The Lady Raiders' defense stepped up over the game's remainder, limiting the Lady Pioneers to four points total through the second and third quarters. The Warren County slowdown allowed CMS to head into the fourth quarter up 22-8.
The Lady Raiders again applied a strong defensive pressure, holding Warren to a single free throw on the way to a win.
The Lady Raiders will now face off against White County Thursday evening at 5 p.m.
"White County's very capable of high pressure, so we're gonna have to be ready for that," Pearson said. "We're gonna have to execute passing and catching the basketball and being in the right places at the right times."
Reel led the way for the Lady Raiders with 14 points. She was followed by Vinson and Chloe Gannon with seven points each. Abby Mahaffey added another four points for CMS. Aleayia Barnes finished the game with three.