Lawrence County High School's gym has the banners, the history and the fans. None of that could stop the Lady Raiders Friday night. Making the trek from Central High School to Lawrenceburg, the Lady Raiders opened district play with a 61-31 win over the rival Lady Cats.
"They've got a chance to be special. We've just gotta keep working," Coach Joe Pat Cope said afterward. "It was fun to watch us play defense tonight, it really was."
Kiya Ferrell drained the game's first bucket 13 seconds in and CHS set the pace from there. By the close of the first quarter, the girls held a double digit lead and wouldn't let it slip below for the remainder of the game.
At the same time, the girls played a strong post defense, wearing down Lawrence County by making it difficult to get a shot off. By halftime, the Lady Raiders had held the Lady Cats to 12 points while jumping out for 27 of their own.
Coffee County's lead only continued to grow as the second half kicked off. Abby Morgan hit another 12 points, with Bella Vinson right behind at 11, as the the Lady Raiders catapulted to a 30-point lead in the game's final minutes.
"I think it's a big statement game for us," Morgan said. "We came in and did our job. A lot of people had different contributions."
Morgan led the Lady Raiders with 18 points, followed by Vinson with 16. Jacey Vaughn finished the night with 12 points. Kiya Ferrell knocked in another 10. Ellie Graham ended her night with six points and Emma Fulks hit a single free throw for one point.