Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 23, 2013

Lady Jets match last season's 10 wins with victory over HVA

By Ed Greif
Sports editor

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County High School basketball teams hosted the Hardin Valley Academy Hawks in the annual Pink Out game to end the first half of the home season and came away with a split of the non-district foes.

The Lady Jets defeated the Lady Hawks 71-32, while the Jets were beaten 73-64.

Lady Jets 71, HVA  32: The win extended the Lady Jets' winning streak to 10 games and the win matched all of CCHS' total last season. The Lady Jets had an 11- game winning streak to start the 2005-'06 campaign, and finished the year with a 30-6 overall mark. Lacy Cantrell's layup gave the Lady Hawks an early 2-0 advantage, but Victoria Lee scored the Lady Jets' first five points for a 5-2 advantage and to start a 16-4 run  for a 16-6 advantage at quarter's end.

The Lady Jets were six of 19 from the field and three of four from the chartiy stripe, while their defense held the Lady Hawks to three of nine from the field with nine turnovers. Lee and Gina Dick each had five points for the Lady Jets.

The second was much of the same, as the Lady Jets outscored HVA 21-10 for a 37-16 lead at the break. CCHS was six of 17 from the field and seven of seven from the charity stripe with three turnovers, while the Lady Hawks to one of 11 from the field and eight of nine from the charity stripe with turnovers. Klaire Varney had six points for CCHS.

Alli Hyder scored five points in a 14-4 Lady Jet run to give them a 51-20 lead with 3:37 left in the third quarter. CCHS finished the quarter with a 4-3 spurt for a 55-23 advantage. Dick had six points for the Lady Jets, who were seven of 11 from the field and two of four from the charity stripe.

Skylar VanWinkle scored eight fourth-quarter points to spark the Lady Jets to a 16-9 run to make the final score 71-32. CCHS was four of eight from the field and three of eight from the charity stripe.

Dick led the Lady Jets with 13 points, five rebounds and one steal, followed by VanWinkle (10 points), Makenzie Iles (nine points, three boards, two assists, one steal), Hyder (nine points, five rebound, one steal), Destiny Carlton (eight points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals), Lee (eight points, nine rebounds, one assist, two steals), Madison McLaughlin (two rebounds, one assist), Sydney Clark (one steal), Rebekah Teeple (two points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals), Varney (seven points, one rebound, two steals), Kelsie Eldridge (two points, one rebound) and Courtney Smith (two points, four rebounds). Lindsey Norrod and Bailey Davis also played.

HVA 73, Jets 64: The Jets' recent pattern of win one, lose one continued Thursday night, as they dropped a 73-64 non-district setback to the Hardin Valley Academy Hawks who improved to 8-2. CCHS fell to 4-6 overall.

The Hawks opened the game with a 5-2 spurt, but a lay-up by Logan Parsons triggered a 10-0 run to gain a 12-5 advantage. The Hawks, who had two players over 6-5, finished the quarter with an 11-7 spurt to slice CCHS' lead to 19-16.

Diego Poore's jumper gave the Jets a 21-16 lead, but the Hawks, behind Zak Carter's 13 points, including seven of eight free throws, used a 20-6 explosion for a 36-27 advantage with 1:47 remaining in the half.

A layup by Cade Smith triggered an 8-3 spurt to slice the gap to 39-35 at the break.

CCHS was 11 of 26 from the field and five of six from the charity stripe with 16 turnovers in the first half, while the Hawks were 11 of 25 from the field and 14 of 20 from the free throw line with eight turnovers.

The Jets sliced the lead to 44-43 on a Smith layup with under 4:30 left in the third quarter, but HVA finished the stanza with a 13-3 run to raise the deficit to 57-46.

Logan Parsons converted two free throws with 6:51 left in the game to slice the margin to 57-48, but HVA reeled off 12 unanswered points for a 69-48 lead with 3:08 left in the game.

Blake McLaughlin's two free throws with 2:57 left keyes a 16-4 run to make the final margin 73-64.

Leading the Jets were Poore (15 points, three boards, two assists, one steal), David Elliott (one assist, one steal), Alex Dixcon (six points, two boards, one assist, two steals), Tanner Christopher (one rebound), Austin Brown (five points, one rebound, one steal), Tyler Daugherty (two points, one rebound, two assists, one steal), Smith (10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals), McLaughlin (five points, two rebounds, one assist), Parsons (17 points, three rebounds, one assist) and Ty Tabor (two points, one assist, two steals). Drew Vaden also played.

Zak Carter led HVA with 26 points, while Blaine Shockley and Dyorte Bizzk-Brown added 19 and 16 markers respectively.