Jenna Garretson

Junior Jenna Garretson moves the ball up the field. Garretson had a goal and an assist in the Lady Raider's first district win.

Looking for their first district win of the season, Coffee County Central High School hosted the Columbia Central Lady Lions for a district showdown Tuesday night. Coming into the game, the Lady Raiders had recorded five straight draws in district play and had been dealing with several injuries to starters over the last few weeks.

Columbia got on the board first about 15 minutes in. Sophomore Britny Hernandez, assisted by sophomore Maddy Jones, knocked one in to tie the game nearing the 30-minute mark.

Minutes later, sophomore Kyleigh Harner followed up with a goal of her own off an assist from Hernandez to take a 2-1 lead.

In the second half, the Lady Raiders broke away from the Lady Lions early on. Junior Jenna Garretson found the back of the net 43 minutes into the game with an assist from senior Allie Aamado.

Six minutes later, Harner notched her second goal of the night with some help from Garretson to go up 4-1. 

After several scoreless minutes, Columbia broke through the Lady Raider defense to lessen Coffee County's lead by two.

This was short-lived as Allie Amado responded with an unassisted goal of her own three minutes later for the final score of a 5-2 victory and first district win.

"We've been in games we felt like we should have won," Coach David Amado said. "We feel like tonight we were able to get over the hump."

Staff Writer

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