On Friday night, the Stone Memorial varsity basketball teams travel to CCHS for District 6AAA games, but the two schools battled each other Monday night for freshmen action.
The Lady Jet freshmen defeated the SMHS freshmen/sophomore team 52-49 on Bekah Capps' jumper with 25 seconds left in the game, while the Panther freshmen/sophomores beat CCHS 66-41.
CCHS 52, SMHS 49: Capps scored eight first-quarter points as the Lady Jets built a 21-13 lead, using a late 9-0 run to take the eight-point advantage by quarter's end. Haley Coudriet had four points for the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Jets opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run for a 29-13 advantage, but the Lady Panthers finished the stanza with a 6-5 run to slice the half-time advantage to 34-19. Coudriet had eight points for SMHS, while Sidney Clark was four for four from the charity stripe for the Lady Jets.
SMHS outscored CCHS 14-11 in the third quarter for a 45-33 advantage.
Things got interesting in the final quarter. Hannah Brown's layup gave CCHS a 47-33 advantage, but Brittany Brun converted one of two free throws to trigger a 9-0 run to slice the lead to 47-42 midway through the period. Brown converted two free throws to stop CCHS' bleeding to make the score 49-42.
A trey by by Sammie Jo Wyatt started a 7-0 run which knotted the game at 49-49, but Capps' trey with 25 seconds left gave the Lady Jets the lead. SMHS got the ball back and worked the clock for a game-tying shot, but turned the ball over to the Lady Jets with seconds left in the game, allowing CCHS to run out the clock for the victory.
Leading scorers for SMHS were Lexi Hinch (2), Sammie Jo Wyatt (6), Abigail Stine (2), Brittany Brun (3), Hailey Coudriet (20), Allison Padgett (2), Jenna Beaty (0), Sam Gray (7) and Morgan Cox (2).
Leading scorers for CCHS were Klaire Varney (12), Sidney Clark (4), Hannah Brown (12), Mattie Hinch (0), Lindsey Norrod (1), Bethany Dyer (0), Lexi Lee (4), Bekah Capps (13), Emily Pugh (4) and Kaili Turbett (0).
SMHS 66, CCHS 41: Nathaniel Sexton and Mason Baucom each scored 15 points to lead the Panters to their victory over the Jets. Rounding out the scorers were Justin Helton (4), Tristan Norman (8), Gage Cox (5), Chandler VanNatter (2), Tanner Vincent (4), Shade Foster (6), Jamie Nichols (6) and Austin Wright (2).
Jake Moore led the Jets with 13 points. Rounding out the scoring were Kevin Flores (2), Ben Tabor (6), Carson Graham (2), Tristan Partridge (5) and Jake Moore (13). Corey Brooks, Mason Crisp and Mason Houston also played.
The Panthers opened the game with an 9-0 run, before Partridge buried a trey to put the Jets on the board. A trey by Baucom gave the Panthers a 12-3 lead, but Moore converted a three-point play with 2:53 left to slice the deficit to 12-6.
SMHS finished the quarter with a 10-4 run for a 22-10 advantage.
Baucom scored six second-quarter points to help the Panthers outscore CCHS 18-7 for a 40-17 halftime advantage. Moore had a trey for the Jets, while Tabor and Graham each had two points.
Sexton scored five points in a 10-0 Panther run to start the second half to give SMHS a 50-17 advantage, but a basket by Partridge sparked a 7-0 Jet run to slice the gap to 50-24.
Two free throws by Norman with 3:41 left in the third quarter keyed a 7-4 Panther spurt to raise the lead to 57-28 by quarter's end. SMHS was six of nine from the charity stripe.
Austin Helton opened the final quarter with a basket to give the Panthers a 59-28 lead, but the Jets converted some Panther turnovers into a 13-2 run to slice the lead to 61-41. Patridge had seven of the Jets' points.
Nichols converted a layup to start a game-ending 5-0 run for the final margin of 66-41.
Schedule: SMHS wrapped up its schedule Monday night, but CCHS will host Cookeville in a make-up game Monday at 6 p.m. The freshmen district tournament is Jan. 23-25 at Rhea County High School.
•Saturday's CCHS at Cleveland varsity games will be played at Lee University, instead of Cleveland Middle School, due to the closure of CHS gym. Tipoff for the action begins at 5 p.m. CST.