Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 25, 2013

Dick, Iles, Carlton lead Lady Jets over Clarkrange

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — Gina Dick, Makenzie Iles and Desty Carlton combined for 55 points to lead the Lady Jets to an 86-81 victory over the Clarkrange Buffaloes Friday before a crowd of more than 1,500 fans.

Dick led CCHS with 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals, while ILes added 17 points, two boards, three assists and five steals, and Carlton added 15 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Coach Miller commented on what is was like to coach against and beat her former high school coach.

"Coach Lamar Rogers is a eight-time state champion...enough said. I played for him for three years and have now had the opportunity to coach against him for the past three years. I knew the strong winning tradition we were up against as well as their huge post presence and overall size.

"I think our 86-81 victory over the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes says a lot about the Lady Jet Basketball program, our players and the direction our team is heading. The Lady Jets played with intensity and had that competitive edge throughout the game. They work hard together and play well together. The intensity and desire to compete guides our practices and that carries over into our games. In addition, our JET fans are amazing. The CCHS support and 'JET PRIDE' throughout our community is overwhelming and greatly appreciated."

Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Jets were Vctoria Lee (nine points, three rebounds, two steals), Alli Hyder (six points, four boards, one assist, two steals), Rebekah Teeple (six points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals), Kelsie Eldridge (six points) and Skylar VanWinkle (three points).

Clarkrange had three players in double figures — Britanny Cooper (20 points), Cheyenne Shaver (20 points) and Kara Meadows (28 points).

Two Lady Jet turnovers led to back-to-back baskets by Cooper and Meadows to give the Lady Buffaloes a 4-0 lead in the first 31 seconds of the game.

There were five ties and four lead changes before Carlton buried a desparation shot at the buzzer to give the Lady Jets a 25-24 advantage after the first eight minutes.

Dick and Lee each had six first-quarter points for the Lady Jets, who were nine of 21 from the field and six of nine from the charity stripe, while Clarkrange was nine of 15 from the field and four of five from the free throw line.

Shaver led Clarkrange with 13 points, while Cooper added seven.

Cooper buried two free throws to give the visitors a 26-25 lead early in the second quarter, but another trey by Carlton jump-started a 15-2 run to give the Lady Jets a 40-28 advantage with 5:14 remaining in the half.

Clarkrange went on a 13-3 run to slice the Lady Jet advantage to 43-41. Carlton buried a trey in the middle of the spurt, as the CCHS student body shouted, "That's our freshman, that's our freshman."

Courtney Smith converted the second of two free throws to held the Lady Jets finish the half with a 4-3 run to raise the deficit to 47-44.

Meadows three-poiint play with 5:57 left in the third quarter tied the game at 47-47, but a trey by Dick send the Lady Jets on a 17-6 run for a 64-53 lead with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter.

Clarkrange finished the quarter with a 6-5 run to reduce the deficit to 69-59 by quarter's end.

Iles paced the Lady Jets with 10 points, while Dick had six.

A Hyder layup pushed the lead to 71-59, but the Lady Buffaloes converted Lady Jet turnovers into a 20-8 run to tie the game a t 79-79 with 1:44 left via two free throws by Meadows.

Iles buried a trey with 1:05 left in the game to give the Lady Jets the lead at 82-79, but a jumper by Cooper sliced the lead to 82-81. After Dick missed the front end of a one-plus-one, Teeple converted a layup after an Iiles steal to give the Lady Jets an 84-41 advantage.

Two free throws with 10.4 ticks left by Dick sealed the deal for the Lady Jets, who improved their record to 5-0.

Cumberland County travels to East Hamilton tonight and will take a well-deserved Thanksgiving break, before traveling to Warren County Dec. 6 to open District 6AAA play.

This was the first victory over Clarkrange since a 53-49 victory on Feb. 7, 2006. CCHS also won 57-51 on Jan. 14 of that year, helping the Lady Jets finish 30-6 on the season.

Cumberland County travels to East Hamilton tonight and will take a well-deserved Thanksgiving break, before traveling to Warren County Dec. 6 to open District 6AAA play.

•The Lady Jet junior varsity defeated Clarkrange 44-21. Leading the Lady Jets were Madi McLaughlin (five points), Kelsie Eldridge (nine points), Bailey Davis (11 points), Klaire Varney (two points), Sydney Clark (eight points), Lindsey Norrod (four points), Hannah Brown (three points) and Emily Pugh (two points). Mattie Hinch also played.