Coffee County basketball traveled to Murfreesboro this week to compete in a tournament hosted at Rockvale Middle School. The teams split Tuesday's first-round play, with the Lady Raiders winning 28-20 and the Raiders falling 45-20. In Thursday's second-round action, both teams suffered losses. The girls fell in a close one 38-36 and the boys fell 49-32.
CCMS Girls split the week, win first game
The Lady Raiders kicked things off Tuesday with a match up against Oakland Middle. Still seeking its first win, Coffee Middle held the Lady Patriots to seven field goals for a 28-20 win.
Chloe Gannon led the Lady Raiders with 11 points on the game. Alivia Reel and Abby Mahaffey followed with six points each. Nikki Graham finished the night with three points. Maggie Crouch notched a single field goal in the first quarter for two points.
Coffee Middle was back at Rockvale Thursday for second-round action against Brentwood Academy. A close game throughout, the Lady Eagles took a narrow lead over the Lady Raiders heading into the game's final minutes. Free throw shooting helped seal Coffee Middle's fate in the loss off a 9-2 Brentwood advantage in the fourth quarter.
Gannon again led the Lady Raiders with 15 points. Reel followed with 12. The Lady Raiders will return to Rockvale Saturday to play in the consolation game. The girls will take on either Ocoee or Christiana.
CCMS boys struggle to keep up in losses
The Red Raiders opened tournament play Tuesday against Oakland Middle. The Patriots held Coffee Middle to seven points in the first half and continued to dominate the game in the second and the boys settled for a loss.
Jacob Holder led the way with nine points for the Raiders. Hayden Garr followed with six. Ethan Hargrove and Isaiah Campbell netted three and two, respectively.
The boys returned to the hard court Thursday to take on Siegel Middle. By halftime the Cavaliers had jumped out to a 29-12 lead. Coffee Middle jumped out for a 14-point rally in the third quarter, but it wouldn't be enough to avoid the loss.
Garr led the Raiders' offense with 16 points. Holder and Hargove followed with five points each. Dayne Crosslin, Brendon Sheppard and Cooper Reed finished with two each.