By Ed Greif
The CCHS Jets fell to 4-4 in District 6AAA, after splitting a pair of games over the weekend, losing to White County 81-46 and beating Rhea county 64-55.
The Jets are now fourth behind Cookeville (7-1), White County (6-2) and SMHS (5-2), and ahead of Warren County (1-6) and Rhea County (0-8).
White County 81, CCHS 46: The Warriors took control of the game early, outscoring CCHS 22-10 in the first quarter, hitting seven of 13 from the field. CCHS was three of 12 from the field with two turnovers.
CCHS sliced the lead to 24-17 early in the second quarter on baskets by Diego Poore, Tanner Christopher and Logan Parsons, but the a layup by Cade Crossland helped the Warriors finish the quarter with a 14-7 run for a 38-24 lead at the break.
Parsons hit the first of two free throws with 7:46 left in the third quarter to slice the lead to 38-25, but the Warriors reeled off 12 unanswered points to take a 50-25 lead. Blake McLaughlin converted a layup to stop the bleeding, but a trey by Cole Vaughn started a 16-10 run to finish the stanza with a 66-37 lead.
White County wrapped the victory with a 15-9 fourth quarter for the victory. Austin Brown had nine points in the final quarter for the Jets.
Leading the Jets were Jordan Graham (two points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal), Poore (five points, two rebounds, two steals), David Elliott (three rebounds, one steal), Alexi Dixon (one rebound), Christopher (six points), Austin Brown (11 points, four rebounds), Nolan McLain (two rebounds), Cade Smith (three points), two rebounds), McLaughlin (two points, two rebounds), Parsons (10 points, four rebounds, one assist) and Ty Tabor (four points, seven rebounds)
CCHS 64, Rhea County 55: The Jets rallied from a seven-point second half deficit to post their ninth victory of the season.
CCHS opened the game with a 7-0 run, but the visitors sliced the gap to 9-6 with 4:32 remaining in the quarter. The Jets, behind Ty Tabor's four points, finished the quarter with an 8-5 run to take a 17-11 advantage.
The Jets were seven of 12 from the field with three turnovers, while the Golden Eagles were five of 14 with two turnovers.
Rhea County sliced the Jet lead to 19-18 with 4:43 left in the half, but Cade Smith's three-point play gave CCHS a 22-18 advantage, but the Golden Eagles finished the half with a 14-3 run to take a 32-25 lead at the break.
Rhea County was eight of 14 from the field and five of eight from the free throw line, while the Jets were five of nine from the field and three of four from the charity stripe, with three turnovers.
A Smith trey started the Jets' second half rally, as they outscored the Golden Eagles 17-4 in the third quarter for a 42-36 advantage. Tabor had seven points for the Jets, who were five of 10 from the field and five of eight from the charity stripe, while their defense held the Golden Eagles to two for 11 from the field.
Parsons, Blake McLaughlin, Tabor and Alex Dixon controlled the boards in the quarter for the Jets.
The Jets swelled the lead to 54-39 midway through the final quarter, but the Golden Eagles outscored the Jets 16-10 to make the final score of 64-55. The visitors were six of 20 from the field including four of 12 from three-point range.
Leading the Jets were Diego Poore (seven points, three rebounds, six assists), David Elliott (five points, one rebound), Alex Dixon (seven points, four boards, one assist), Drew Vaden (one rebound), Tanner Christopher (two rebounds), Tyler Daugherty (two assists), Smith (17 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal), McLaughlin (two points, four rebounds, one assist), Parsons (13 points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals) and Tabor (13 points, eight rebounds, one steal).
Schedule: The Jets have a three-game week — Tuesday at SMHS, Friday at White County and Saturday at home with Monterey for senior night.