Following a thrilling ending to the Tullahoma game Tuesday night, it was back to business as usual for Central High School girls' basketball on Friday. Returning home to face off against Franklin County, the girls delivered a 61-41 win to a packed Joe Frank Patch Gym.
"Total game, total team effort," Coach Joe Pat Cope said afterward. "Most total game I thought we played all year."
The well-rounded performance saw seven of the 13 girls find a bucket over the course of the game. Of note was Jenna Garretson with 13 points.
"I think we started off really strong and we played as a team," Garretson said. "Which made us overall better, in every aspect."
Jacey Vaughn hit the game's first shot early, sparking a 9-0 CHS run to open the game. The Lady Rebels began to battle back midway through the first quarter, but the Lady Raiders held on for 15-8 lead.
Franklin County's offense came alive early in the second quarter. In the opening minutes, the Lady Rebels hit a trio of three-pointers to tie the game at 17. After Keelie Hillis hit a pair of free throws to put CHS up 19-17, the Lady Raiders pushed ahead for a 32-20 lead at halftime. Garretson hit seven points over the first half's final minutes, carrying the Lady Raiders to a double digit lead.
Through the second half, the Lady Raiders didn't once let their lead fall below 10. After a comfortable 49-27 advantage after three, CHS stayed put for a 20-point victory.
Friday's win also kicks off a stretch of six straight home games for Coffee County basketball.
"We've lost one time here in the last 50-60 games and it was by one point to a really good Oakland team," Cope said. "We've got something special going right now, we've just gotta keep playing it hard, stay humble and sky's the limit for this team."
Bella Vinson led the way for the Lady Raiders with 18 points. Garretson and Vaughn followed with 13 each. Ellie Graham finished with nine points. Hillis hit four, with Ashley Starks and Abby Morgan recording two each.