After leading 7-5 late in the first quarter, the Coffee County Middle School girls’ basketball team went on a 12-0 and grabbed control on its way to a 54-32 win over East in Tullahoma on Thursday.
That run allowed the Lady Raiders to take a 19-5 advantage near the four-minute mark of the first half. However, East continued battling back after Nyjah Gibbs knocked down three baskets for the Lady Panthers.
Audrey Todaro went on to add a late basket for East as well. Coffee County added eight more points before the period concluded, taking a 27-13 lead into halftime.
Gibbs went on to add another six points in the third quarter for East. Todaro put up three points, while Aniya Grizzard added two points.
However, Coffee County took control in the third quarter. Olivia Vinson netted six points in the third quarter, helping put the Lady Raiders in front 43-24 heading into the final period of play.
Bella Lawson added four points in the third quarter for Coffee County. Addie Sartain, Channah Gannon and Taylor Anthony each scored two points in third period.
Vinson went on to score eight of Coffee County’s 11 points in the fourth quarter. She knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, while adding another field goal.
Kyler Whitely added a late basket and a free throw to round out the scoring in the final period for the Lady Raiders.
Vinson led the Lady Raiders in scoring, netting 20 points. Gannon added 11 points for Coffee County, while Sartain scored eight points. Taylor Anthony added five points, while Lawson scored four points. Natalie Barnes and Whitely rounded out the scoring, after each netted three points.
Gibbs led East in scoring with 16 points, while Todaro finished with seven points. McLayne Bobo, Grizzard and Jaidyn Johnson each finished with three points.
In action earlier in the week, the Coffee middle schoolers were also successful against Cannon County, winning 27-17.
The Lady Raiders defense was key to the win as the Lady Lions were shutdown, scoring just three points in the entire first half. While not setting the world on fire on the offensive side, the Lady Raiders were able to score 13 points in the opening half, giving them a double-digit advantage at the break. While able to find the basket in the second half, going for 14 points, Cannon was not able to dig themselves out of the deep hole they dug in the first as a nine-point fourth quarter was enough to seal the deal for the Lady Raiders. Taylor Anthony led the way for the girls with 16 points.