By Ed Greif
The first installment of the Stone Memorial-CCHS basketball series went to CCHS Monday night, as the Jets freshmen teams swept a pair of games from the Panthers in the CCHS gym.
The Lady Jets freshmen/sophomores defeated SMHS 57-33, while the Jets fought off the Panthers 51-47. These teams will tangle again at SMHS Monday, Jan. 28.
CCHS 57, SMHS 33: Kelsey Eldridge led the Lady Jets with 14 points, followed by Courtney Smith (six points), Maddi Potter (three), Madi McLaughin (four points), MaKenzie Iles (seven points), Bailey Davis (four points), Brittany Kilgore (one point), Skylar VanWinkle (five points), Victoria Lee (nine points) and Jenna Morton (four points). Sydney Brown, Camie Threet and Allison Graham played.
Playing for SMHS were Jenna Beaty (three points), Jacie Beaty, Lacy Melton (eight points), Allison Padgett (six points), Riley Hunt (four points) and Bailey Rutledge (nine points).
The Lady Jets scored the first four points of the game, before Hunt scored to slice the lead to 4-2. A Smith steal and jumper sparked the Lady Jets on a 12-0 run to take a 16-2 advantage by quarter's end. Lee had five markers in the quarter for CCHS.
CCHS was seven of 19 from the field with two turnovers, while the Lady Panthers were one of five from the floor with seven turnovers.
The Lady Jets were six of 12 from the field in the second quarter to outscore SMHS 12-7 for a 29-9 advantage at the break. Eldridge had four points for CCHS.
Ratledge had the first of her three treys in the second quarter for SMHS, who was three of 14 from the field with seven turnovers. Hunt and Melton each had a bucket for the Lady Panthers.
Three-point baskets by VanWinkle and Iles to open the third quarter helped the Lady Jets outscore SMHS 20-7 to take a 49-16 advantage. Iles and VanWinkle each had five points for the Lady Jets, who were seven of 10 from the field and four of six from the charity stripe.
Melton had four points for SMHS, who was three of seven from the field. Rultedge converted her second trey.
The Lady Panthers hit five of 10 three-pointers in the fourth quarter to outscore CCHS 17-8. Allison Padget had two treys, while Jenna Beaty, Kaycee Phipps and Rutledge each buried one.
CCHS was three of 15 from the field with four turnovers.
CCHS 51, SMHS 47: Cade Smith tallied 22 points to lead the Jets, followed by Alex Dixon (10 points), Tanner Christopher (seven points), Ty Tabor (two markers), Drew Vaden (four points), David Elliott (four points) and Jordan Graham (two points).
Austin Helton and Chandler VanNatter led SMHS with 11 points each, followed by Avery Conley (two points), Trace Cagle, Mason Baucum (nine point), Shade Foster (eight points), Ben Tolllett and Ben Kindred (four points).
The Jets built a 14-7 first-quarter lead, but a layup by Baucum triggered a 7-0 run to tie the game at 14-14 by quarter's end. CCHS was four of 10 from the field with one turnover, while SMHS was five of 11 with five turnovers.
With the score tied at 18-18, a trey by VanNatter triggered a 7-2 run to give the Panthers a 25-20 lead at the break. SMHS was five of 13 from the field with four turnovers, while CCHS was three of 14 with four turnovers.
A layup by Dixon to start the third quarter sliced the lead to 25-22, but another layup by VanNatter triggered a 6-0 run to give the Panthers a 31-22 advantage.
A layup by Smith keyed a 6-0 Jets run to slice the lead to 31-28, but the Panthers stretched the lead to 35-30 with 1:18 remaining in the stanza.
David Elliott's layup started another Jets 6-0 run to give his team a 36-35 lead by quarter's end.
Smith had eight points for the Jets, who were seen of 15 from the field and two of two from the charity stripe. Foster and VanNatter each had four points for the Panthers who were four of nine from the field and two of four from the charity stripe.
CCHS opened the final eight minutes with a 10-2 run to take a 46-37 lead, but the Panthers would finish the game with a 10-5 spurt for the final margin of 51-47.