Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 24, 2014

Lady Jets beat Cleveland 73-31

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County High School Lady Jet basketball  team advanced into the semi-final round of the Region 3AAA Tournament with a 73-31 victory over the Cleveland Lady Raiders Friday night before a nice crowd in the CCHS gym.

Coach Radhika Millers Lady Jets (27-4) played the McMinn County Lady Cherokees (12-17) in the region semi-finals at Cookeville Monday night. The winner plays the Bradley Central/White County in the championship game Wednesday at Cookeville High School and a berth in Saturday's substate round.

Cleveland took a 6-4 lead on two threes by Nora Berry and Jenna Scoggins, but a trey by Rebekah Teeple triggered a 13-0 run to give the Lady Jets 17-6 lead.

After a 4-0 run by Cleveland to cut the gap to 17-10, Makenzie Iles converted two free throws to start an 11-0 run to finish the quarter with a 28-10 advantage.

The Lady Jets were seven of 19 from the field, while holding Cleveland to three of eight with 10 turnovers, including three steals by Destiny Carlton.

Iles opened the second quarter with a trey for a 31-10 lead, but Cleveland outscored CCHS 10-2 the remainder of the half to slice the lead to 32-20 at the break. The Lady Jets were one of 12 from the field with three turnovers, while Cleveland, minus three players who got hurt in the contest, was three of 11 from the field with three turnovers.

The Lady Jets came in the third quarter with fire in their eyes, as they opened the quarter with a 15-2 run to take a 47-22 lead with 3:41 remaining in the quarter.

After Jennifer Buckner hit one of two free throws to slice the lead to 47-23 with 2:35 left, a lay-up by Kaire Varney triggered an 9-2 run to swell the lead to 56-27 by quarter's end.

Iles had 10 points for the Lady Jets, who were eight of 17 from the field and seven of nine from the charity stripe, while Cleveland was three of nine from the floor with 10 miscues.

CCHS outscored Cleveland 17-4 in the final quarter, as Miller and assistant coach Leslie Eldridge cleared the bench for the umpteenth time this season.

Sydney Clark hit five of six free throws for the Lady Jets, who were five of seven from the field. Alli Hyder also had five points. Every Lady Jet contributed to the victory.

Leading the Lady Jets were Iles (27 points, three rebounds, one assist, four steals), Lindsey Norrod (one rebound), Gina Dick (eight points, three rebounds, one assist, five steals), Carlton (15 points, three rebounds, six assists, five steals), Victoria Lee (four rebounds, one assist, one steal), Skylar VanWinkle (two points, two rebounds), Teeple (five points, six rebounds, one assist, two rebounds), Varney (two points, one rebound, one assist, two steals), Kelsie Eldridge (three points, four rebounds), Clark (five points, one rebound), Bailey Davis (one point) and Courtney Smith (four rebounds).

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