Coffee Middle School girls' basketball was back on the court Monday night for a home match against Cannon County Middle School. The Lady Raiders followed up on their December victory with a come-from-behind 32-29 win.
"We didn’t play our best game,” CMS coach George Pearson said afterward. "But we managed to come out with a win so I’m real proud of that.”
After starting on a 7-0 run, the Lady Raiders fell behind 8-7 after eight unanswered by the Lady Lions. Fighting back in the second quarter, Chloe Gannon put CMS ahead by 16-14 with three seconds left in the first half.
Early in the third quarter, Olivia Vinson hit eight points early, including two three-pointers, to help put some distance between the Lady Raiders and the Lady Lions. By the end of the quarter, CMS was sitting on a 26-21 lead with eight minutes to go.
The Lady Raiders continued to stay in front through the fourth, but the Lady Lions led a late-game drive, shrinking the CMS lead to 30-29 with 2:55 left. At the two-minute mark, Gannon hit what would be the game's final shot to make it a three-point game and hold off the Cannon County rally.
"We always play good, hard defense," Pearson explained. "I believe that was key to the win."
Gannon led the way with 15 points. She was followed by Vinson’s 11. Alivia Reel and Maggie Crouch had two each.