By Ed Greif
The Cumberland County High School basketball teams made a short trip to Roane County Friday night to face the Kingston teams for the second time within a week, but came away with two losses.
The Lady Jets were beaten 54-51, while the Jets dropped a 72-71 overtime thriller.
Kingston 54, CCHS 51: "We had a great comeback in the fourth quarter and they showed determination and a lot of fight in the fourth quarter," said Lady Jet Coach Radhika Miller, whose team fell to 2-9 overall.
Kingston opened the game with a 3-0 spurt, but an Alli Hyder layup on an assist from MaKenzie Iles keyed an 11-2 run for an 11-7 advantage by quarter's end. Hyder had seven points for the Lady Jets, who were three of 12 from the field with six turnovers, while holding Kingston to three of 11 with eight turnovers.
After a trey by Harli-Blaine Oran cut the lead to 11-10, another Hyder layup after a steal by Gina Dick keyed an 11-9 run for a 22-19 lead with 2:13 left in the half; however, Kingston finished the half with a 5-1 run for a 24-23 advantage.
CCHS was three of 14 from the floor with six turnovers, while Kingston was six of 16 with six turnovers.
Kassidy Sommer converted the second of two free throws to open the third quarter to tie the game a 24-24, but a three-point play by Lauren Bagget started an 8-0 run to put the Lady Jets in a 32-24 hole with 5:30 remaining in the quarter.
Makenzie Iles' trey stopped the bleeding temporarily, but Kingston finished the quarter with a 7-4 run to take a 39-31 advantage. Dick had four points for the Lady Jets, who were eight of 12 from the field with seven turnovers.
Kingston's 10-7 run put the Lady Jets in a deeper hole at 49-38 with 1:27 left in the game; however, Iles buried two treys in a 13-3 run to slice the lead to 52-51 with 7.9 seconds left in the contest.
Kelli Sampson hit two free throws with 5.1 seconds left for a 54-51 lead, but Dick missed a tying trey as time expired in the contest.
Leading the Lady Jets were Iles (14 points, five rebounds, three assists, six steals), Dick (11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals), Hyder (11 points, three rebounds, two steals), Sloane VanWinkle (five points, one assist), Skylar VanWinkle (one steal), Rebekah Teeple (seven points, seven rebounds, two steals), Kelzie Eldridge (one rebound), Sommer (one point, six rebounds, two steals) and Courtney Smith (one point, two rebounds).
Kingston 72, CCHS 71: Quint Gasgue's layup with 9.9 seconds left in overtime gave the Yellow Jackets the victory over the Jets.
The hosts built a 10-6 first-quarter lead, but a layup by Logan Parsons started an 11-7 run to tie the game at 17-17 late in the quarter; however, a trey at the buzzer by Brandon Griffis gave Kingston a 20-17 advantage.
CCHS was seven of 16 from the field with three turnovers, while Kingston was eight of 12 with three miscues.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second quarter with an 11-2 run for a 31-19 advantage, but a trey by Tayler Houston triggered an 11-2 run to slice the deficit to 33-30 at intermission.
A 7-0 Yellow Jacket run put the Jets in a 40-30 hole early in the second half, but a layup by Cameron O'Rourke started a 16-8 run to slice the lead to 48-46 by quarter's end. Diego Poore, J.J. Miller and Dylan Qualls each had a steal for the Jets, while Miller converted a crucial three-point play. Qualls had two treys, while Houston added five points.
CCHS took its largest lead of the game at 54-50 with 5:11 left on a Qualls' three-point play; however, Kingston battled back to take a 60-59 lead.
Two free throws by Houston and a Miller layup but the Jets ahead 63-60, but another Griffis trey tied the game at 63-63 with 38 seconds left in regulation. The Yellow Jackets would miss a couple of shots in the final 4.1 seconds to send the game to overtime.
Kingston took a 67-63 lead with 1:36 left in the extra period, but the Jets tied the game at 67-67 on a trey by Cade Smith and took a one point lead with 25.4 seconds left on two free throws by Qualls.
CCHS had opportunities to take the lead before Gasque's go-ahead layup.
After Gasque's layup, Houston missed a winning layup, but another attempt by a teammate was no good as the buzzer sounded, leaving the Jets at 4-5 on the season.
Leading the Jets were Dylan Qualls with 31 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Houston with 17 points and three rebounds.
Rounding out the scoring was Poore (four points, one assist, four steals), Miller (five points, four rebounds, three steals), Austin Brown, Alex Dixon (one rebound), Smith (eight points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal), Parsons (six points, four rebounds, one assist) and O'Rourke (four points, one rebound, two assists, one steal).
CCHS travels to Rhea County tonight. The Jets will play the DeKalb County-Gabriel Christian winner in the SunDrop Romp at DeKalb County Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Win or lose, they go to Warren County High School Friday and Saturday.