By Garry Robbins
The Cumberland County High School basketball teams split a pair of District 6AAA games Friday night in Cookeville. The Lady Jets defeating the Lady Cavaliers 72-56 for their eighth straight victory of the season, while the Jets were beaten 95-61.
Lady Jets 72, Cookeville 56: "To be 8-0 is a blessing. They deserve because of their work ethic, committment and love of the game. This is what makes us a team," said Coach Radhika Miller, whose team leads the diistrict at 2-0, coupled with Warren County's 51-45 win over White County and Rhea County's 70-42 victory over SMHS, as Cookeville, White County, Warren County and Rhea County are all 1-1 and SMHS is 0-2.
"I am so impressed with them and the fact that they work so well together," Lady Cavalier coach Mindy Odom told Craig Delk of the Herald-Citizen. "They press well together, they spred the floor, they create for each other in the offense and they're not selfish. I think they are the best team in our district right now. I've not seen some of the others, but I'm impressed with their team."
Makenzie Iiles led the Lady Jets with 14 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal, followed by Destiny Carlton (13 points, three boards), Rebekah Teeple (11 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals), Gina Dick (10 markers, six rebounds, two assists), Alli Hyder (10 markers, one rebound, one assist, three steals), Victoria Lee (six points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals), Skylar VanWinkle (three points), Kelsie Eldridge (three points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals), Bailey Davis (one rebound), Courtney Smith (two points, four rebounds), Klaire Varney and Maddison McLaughlin.
Leading the way for Cookeville were karagan Turner (16), Sydney Marek (12), Toiya Gwynn (11), Alison Odom (7), Emily Craighhead (3), Heidi Smith (3), Sydney Bean (2) and Syvnna Maberry (2).
Cumberland County used a 6-2 first-quarter run to build a 13-6 lead with three minutes left. After a basket by Alison Odom cut the gap to 13-8, baskets by Dick and Lee gave the Lady Jets an 18-8 lead by quarter's end.
The Lady Jets were eight of 14 from the field with three turnovers, while holding the Lady Cavs to three of eight from the field with two turnovers.
Cookeville opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to tie the game at 18-18, but Teeple buried a trey to trigger a 14-11 run to swell the lead to 35-29 by the break. Carlton had six points for CCHS, which was six of 12 from the field with four turnovers, while holding Cookeville to six of 10 with four miscues. Guinn had seven points for the Lady Cavaliers.
The hosts used a 12-10 run to slice the lead to 45-41 midway through the third quarter, but a trey by Dick helped the Lady Jets finish the stanza with a 14-0 run to swell the advantage to 59-41.
CCHS was nine of 14 from the field and one for one from the charity stripe, while CHS was siix of 12 from the floor and zero for two from the charity stripe.
The Lady Jets hit nine of 12 from the free throw line to help build a 69-49 lead with just over two minutes left in the contest, but the Lady Cavs ended the game with a 7-3 spurt for the final margin of 72-56.
Cookeville 95, Jets 61: Jadon Richmond poured in 18 to lead a quintet of players in double figures. The other four were Will Buford (16), Mason Bates (15), Hunter Shrum (15) and John Payne (12). Rounding out the scoring were Austin Shrum (eight), Byric Savage (4), Zach Meadows (two), Isaac Phillips (two), Jacob Wilbersheid (2) and Trey Bundrant (one).
Leading the Jets were Diego Poore (19 points), Alex Dixon (five points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal), Austin Brown (eight points), Tyler Daugherty (two points, one rebound, two assists), Cade Smith (13 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal), Brandon Myers (two points, one rebound), Blake McLaughlin (three points, two rebounds), Logan Parsons (seven points, three rebounds, one assists, one steal) and Ty Tabor (two points, one rebound).
Buford scored nine first-quarter points to help the Cavaliers build a 28-13 advantage, thanks to a 13-2 run in the last half of the stanza. Cookeville was 10 of 13 from the field with three rurnovers, while the Jets were four of nine from the floor with six turnovers.
The Cavaliers opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run for a 33-13 advantage, but Dixon buried a jumper to end the bleeding; however, the Cavaliers extended the lead to 38-15.
Smith buried two free throws to trigger a 15-7 run to slice the lead to 45-30 at the break. CCHS was six of 14 from the field with one turnover, while the Cavaliers were seven of 14. Parsons and Poore each had five points for the Jets.
Cookeville outscored CCHS 31-18 in the third quarter for a 71-48 lead and finished the game with a 19-13 run for the final margin.
CCHS travels to Chattanooga tonight to play the Chattanooga Patriots and will host Hardin Valley Thursday in the annual "pink out" game Thursday.
The Jets will be playing in the Seahawk Classic in Hilton Head, SC, Dec. 21-23, while the Lady Jets will be playing Dec. 20-21 at Lawrence County High School.