Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

January 20, 2014

CCHS, SMHS split District 6AAA games Friday

CROSSVILLE — The basketball teams from Cumberland County and Stone Memorial resumed the annual rivalry before a near capacity crowd in the CCHS gym Friday night with an added twist - District 6AAA supremacy, with the two teams splitting the two league contests.

The Panthers improved to 4-0 in the district with a 76-55 and 14th straight victory over the Jets, while the Lady Jets improved to 3-1 in the district with a 78-45 and third straight win over the Lady Panthers.

SMHS 76, CCHS 55: "I was happy with the kids' effort. This is always a big game and it is always a big significance for this community. These kids are friends and have been to school together," said SMHS Coach Neil Capps, whose team has a one-game lead over Cookeville (3-1), which beat White County (2-2) 61-54 Friday night. CCHS (2-2), Warren County (1-3) and Rhea County (0-4) round out the league.

Two baskets by Gage Spence helped stake the Panthers to an 8-6 lead with 4:34 left in the first quarter, but back-to-back treys by Cade Smith put the Jets ahead 12-8, but the Panthers finished the quarter with a 10-0 run for an 18-12 league by quarter's end.

CCHS was four of 13 from the field, while SMHS was eight of 18.

The Jets hit three of five free throws to slice the deficit to 18-15 with 6:20 left in the half, but Luke Matthews buried two free throws with 6:06 left to trigger a 19-0 run to give the Panthers a 37-15 advantage at the break.

The Jets were zero for 10 from the field, while SMHS was seven of 13/

SMHS opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run to swell the lead to 48-19, but five points by Alex Dixon helped the Jets finish the quarter with a 15-4 run to slice the deficit to 52-34 by quarter's end.

Back-to-back treys by Parker Hill and Tyler Yoder swelled the lead to 58-34, but a layup by Logan Parsons keyed an 8-2 run to slice the lead to 60-42, but the Panthers finished the game with a 16-13 run to make the final score 76-55.

Leading scorers for the PantHers were Spence (10), Yoder (17), Taylor Orme (3), Brandon Thomas (10), Mitchell Ball (6), Justin Simmons (12), Matthews (12), Hill (5) and Collin Russell (2). Also playing were Mason Baucom, Tristan Norman, Nathaniel Sexton, Chandler VanNatter and Frank Heilmeir.

Leading scorers for the Jets were Jordan Graham (2), Diego Poore (8),,David Elliott (4), Alex Dixon (6), Austin Brown (6), Cade Smith (11)l, Parsons (18) and Ty Tabor (2). Also playing were Drew Vaden, Nolan McLain, Brandon Myers and Blake McLaughlin.

CCHS 78, SMHS 45: The Lady Jets opened the game with a 7-0 run, and went on to take a 21-10 first-quarter lead. CCHS was nine of 19 from the field with two turnovers, while holding SMHS to three of eight from the field with 10 turnovers.

Gina Dick and McKenzie Iles each had six points for the Lady Jets, while Rebekah Teeple had four steals.

Lacey Melton and Courtney White each had four points for the Lady Panthers.

CCHS stretched the lead to 36-17 on a jumper by Alli Hyder, but the Lady Panthers scored seven unanswered points to slice the lead to 36-24; however, the Lady Jets finished the half with 10-0 to swell the lead to 46-24.

The Lady Jets were 11 of 16 from the field with two turnovers, while SMHS was four of 14 with three turnovers. Kirsten Potter had nine points for the Lady Panthers.

CCHS outscored SMHS 14-11 in the third quarter for a 60-35 lead, as they were five of 11 from the field with six turnovers, while SMHS was four of 10 with eight turnovers, and finished the game with an 18-10 fourth-quarter for the final score of 78-45.

Statistical leaders for the Lady Jets were Iles (17 points, four rebounds, one assist, three steals), Dick (10 points, eight rebounds, one assist, two steals), Alli Hyder (11 points, two rebounds, one assist, four steals), Destiny Carlton (17 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals), Victoria Lee (two points, one rebound), Madison McLaughin (one rebound), Sidney Clark (two points), Skylar VanWinkle (one steal), Rebekah Teeple (nine points, one rebound, one assist, six steals), Klaire Varney (five points, one rebound, two steals), Kelsie Eldridge (three points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals), Bailey Davis (one rebound) and Courtney Smith (two points, four rebounds). Lindsey Norrod also played.

Leading scorers for SMHS were Tiffany Cokkinias (0), Brittany Brun (0), Jordan Thompson (2), Kirsten Potter (13), Lacy Melton (11), Hailey Coudriet (2), Riley Hunt (0), Abby Grffin (5), Bailey Rutledge (0), Courtney White (12), Sidney Early (0) and Sam Gray (0).

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