By Ed Greif
The Cumberland County High School basketball teams opened the second half of the season by sweeping a pair of games from the Chattanooga Patriots, a home-schooled team based out of Southeast Tennessee.
The Lady Jets extended their winning streak to 16 games with a 77-23 victory over the Lady Patriots, while the Jets defeated the Patriots 76-51 to improve to 6-8 on the season.
CCHS 77, Lady Patriots 23: Alli Hyder scored five points in an 8-0 run to jump-start her team. After a basket by Bethany Contarino with 4:49 left in the first quarter sliced the lead to 8-2, the Lady Jets finished the quarter with 22-2 run for a 30-4 advantage by quarter's end.
CCHS was 11 of 19 from the floor with two turnovers, while holding the Lady Patriots to two of seven with 10 turnovers.
With Lady Jet coaches Radhika Miller and Leslie Eldridge going to their deep bench, CCHS continued their torrid play, outscoring the Lady Patriots 13-8 for a 43-12 lead at the break. Sidney Clark came off the bench for CCHS to score four points.
Gina Dick tallied seven points in the third quarter for the Lady Jets, who were 10 of 22 from the field, while holding the Lady Patriots to two of eight with 10 miscues.
With the TSSAA mercy rule in effort in the final eight minutes, CCHS outscored the Chattanooga Patriots 11-5 for the final margin of 77-23.
Statistical leaders were Makenzie Iles (eight points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals), Lindsey Norrod (one point, two rebounds), Dick (14 points, two assists, three steals), Hyder (seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal), Destiny Carlton (13 points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals), Victoria Lee (two points, seven rebounds), Madison McLaughlin (two points, two rebounds, two steals), Clark (four points, steal steals), Skylar VanWinkle (nine markers, one assist, one steal), Rebecca Teeple (five points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals), Klaire Varney (six points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals), Kelsey Eldridge (one rebound, one steal), Bailey Davis (two points, one rebound) and Courtney Smith (two points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal).
CCHS 76, Chattanooga Patriots 51: Coach Will Foster's Jets opened the game with a 14-0 run behind Tanner Christopher's nine points, and finished the quarter with an 8-4 run for a 22-6 advantage.
CCHS was 10 of 17 from the field with three turnovers, while holding the Patriots to three of seven from the field with eight turnovers.
The Jets extended the lead to 29-10 with 6:06 left in the half on one of two free throws by Logan Prtsons. After a 5-3 spurt by the Patriots sliced the lead to 31-15, CCHS finished the quarater with a 15-8 run to swell the lead to 46-23 at the break.
Chattanooga outscored CCHS 10-9 in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 55-33. Aaron Ambrosetti led the Patriots with seven points.
A 21-18 fourth-quarter gave the Jets the 76-51 victory.
Statistical leaders for the Jets were Jordan Graham (two rebounds, one steal), Diego Poore (12 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals), David Elliott (two assists), Alex Dixon (six points, one steal), Drew Vaden (one rebound, one assist, one steal), Christopher (nine points, one rebound, one assist, two steals), Austin Brown (12 points, one rebound, one assist), Nolan McLain (two points, two rebounds, two steals), Tyler Daugherty (four points, two rebounds, one steal), Cade Smith (six points, two rebounds, four assists, four steals), Brandon Myers (two points, one rebound), Logan Parsons (16 points, five rebounds, two assists, four steals) and Ty Tabor (six points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals).
Schedule: CCHS has three road games this week — tonight at Clarkrange, Thursday at Monterey and Friday at District 6AAA foe Rhea County. All games are weather permitting, since area will be plagued by bitter cold and snow.