The Cumberland County High School basketball teams split a pair of games with Clarkrange Tuesday night, as the Jets defeated the Buffaloes 62-49 and the Lady Bulffaloes won 50-38.
CCHS 62, Clarkrange 49: Coach Will Foster's Jets hit 12 of 26 three point baskets, including 11 of 17 in the first half, to help defeat the Buffaloes. Dylan Qualls was the ring leader, hitting five of six, while Diego Poore was one of three, followed by Tayler Houston (three of nine), Cade Smith (one of four) and Logan Parsons (two of four). CCHS shot 23 of 56 from the field for the game, including 11 of 28 from three-point range.
This was the third time this season the Jets have made 12 three-pointers in a game. CCHS tallied 12 treys against DeKalb County and Hixson in the Sun Drop Romp in December.
"We played really well as a team. We forced them out of their zone defense into a man-to-man," said Foster, whose team improved to 11-9 overall.
Qualls led the way with 23 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal, followed by Tayler Houston with 21 points, three rebounds and two assists. Rounding out the stats were Diego Poore (five points, three rebounds, five assists, one steal), J.J. Miller (three rebounds, two assists, four steals), Tanner Christopher (two points, one assist, one steal), Austin Brown (one rebound, one assist), Alex Dixon, Smith (three points), Parsons (six points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals) and Cameron O'Rourke (four points, four rebounds, one steal).
Chase Beaty led Clarkrange with 17 points.
A layup by Garrett Stultz gave the Buffaloes their only lead of the game at 2-0 with 7:02 left in the first quarter. After Foster called a timeout, Houston bombed a trey to trigger an 18-2 run to build an 18-4 lead. There were four other treys - two by Qualls and one each by Poore and Parsons and a three-point play by Houston.
Clarkrange finished the quarter with a 4-0 run to make the score 18-8.
The Jets continued their torrid shooting in the second quarter — eight of 17, including five of nine from three-point range — to outscore the Buffaloes 23-12 to take a 41-20 lead at the break.
Qualls had 11 points in the second quarter, while Houston had nine.
CCHS stretched the lead to 45-22 on a layup by O'Rourke, but the a trey by Taylor Edwards sparked a 12-9 Buffaloe spurt to slice the lead to 54-34 by quarter's end.
CCHS was six of 12 from the field, while Clarkrange was five of 12.
Clarkrange outscored CCHS 15-8 in the final quarter for the final margin.
Clarkrange 50, CCHS 38: Cheyenne Shaver tallied 18 points to lead the Lady Buffalofes to their victory over the Lady Jets.
Kassidy Sommer led CCHS with 13 points and five rebounds, followed by Makenzie Iles (two points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal), Maddi Potter (one point), Gina Dick (two points, two rebounds), Alli Hyder (four points, two rebounds, one steal), Sloane VanWinkle (eight points, three rebounds, one assist), Victoria Lee (eight points, two rebounds, one assist), Madi McLaughlin (two rebounds), Skylar VanWinkle, Rebecca Teeple (two rebounds, two assists), Bailey Davis (one rebound, one steal), Kelsie Eldridge (one rebound, one assist) and Courtney Smith (three rebounds).
With the score tied 2-2, a layup by Shaver triggered a 10-2 run for a 12-4 Clarkrange lead. Sommer had all four points for the Lady Jets, who were four of 16 from the field in the first
The Lady Jets couldn't get it going offensively in the second quarter, as they were outscored 14-5 to trail 26-9 at the break. CCHS was four of six from the floor to finish the half, hitting eight of 22 with seven turnovers.
Clarkrange outscored CCHS 15-13 in the third quarter to swell the lead to 41-22. Sloane VanWinkle and Lee scored five and four points, respectively, for the Lady Jets, who were five of nine from the floor with three turnovers.
Iles opened the final quarter with a putback basket to slice the lead to 41-24, but Clarkrange reeled off six unanswered points for a 47-24 lead. CCHS finished the game with a 14-3 run. Sommer, Hyder and Lee contributed points in the final spurt.
CCHS will travel to Coffee County Friday for District 6AAA games.