The Coffee County Middle School Raiders go into 2020 with an 11-3 record after defeating White County to end their 2019 schedule, topping the Warriors 38-31.
The teams both had problems finding the bucket in the opening quarter as they found themselves deadlocked at four apiece after the first frame. However, Cooper Reed came to life in the second stanza, scoring six of his team high 15 in the second to help the Raiders take a two-point advantage into the locker room.
Offense was still at a premium as they third quarter progressed with White County only able to muster four, leaving them trailing by five as the teams hit the home stretch.
The fourth is where Ethan Hargrove lit the lamp, scoring nine of his team’s 17 fourth quarter points. He had 12 on the night. Meanwhile, Reed was perfect from the line, going four-for-four from the charity stripe during the last frame. While Sparta was able to muster 15 in the fourth, it was not enough to erase the Raider lead.
The win leaves Coffee Middle at 10-2 in the conference.
The Lady Raiders were also forced to fight a fourth quarter battle with White County, a battle they won 45-34 to complete the sweep of the Sparta squads.
The Lady Raiders clung to a one-point lead with just under four minutes to go in their contest but then went on a run late to cement the win. Olivia Vinson was again the golden goose as she had 17 points on the night. Taylor Anthony chipped in a baker’s dozen in the win.
The win leaves the girls at 12-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. The win also gets a measure of revenge against the Warriorettes for an earlier loss to the Sparta team.