By Ed Greif
The CCHS Lady Jets fell to second in District 6AAA after splitting a pair of games over the weekend. Coach Radhika Miller's team dropped a double-overtime thriller 82-80 to the White County Warriorttes Saturday night and defeated Rhea County 83-47 Friday night.
White County leads the District at 7-1, followed by the Lady Jets (6-2), Rhea County (5-3), Cookeville (4-4), Warren County (1-6) and SMHS (0-7).
White County 82, CCHS 80: Kendra Cash's three-pointer with five seconds left in the second overtime gave the Warriorttes the victory, after Victoria Lee's shot at the buzzer was no good.
"Free throws were huge. Both teams competed well," said Miller.
White County built a 9-6 lead with 3:43 left, but Destiny Carlton tied the game with a trey; however White County used an 8-0 run to help finish the first quarter with a 19-13 lead.
CCHS was four of 15 from the field and four of four from the charity stripe with three turnovers, while White County was six of nine and one of three from the charity stripe.
White County stretched the lead to 27-17, but Skylar VanWinkle, Klaire Varney and Kelsie Eldridge helped the Ladty Jets outscore the Warriorettes 16-9 to slice the lead to 36-33 at the break.
White County was nine of 10 from the charity stripe, while CCHS was one of four.
A jumper by Kelsie Roberts gave White County a 38-33 advantage, but the Lady Jets reeled off nine unanswered points to take a 42-38 leadl however, another basket by Roberts sent the Warriorettes on a 12-7 run for a 50-49 advanage by quarter's end.
The Lady Jets took a 62-59 lead on a Rebekah Teeple lay-up, but the senior fouled out with 1:40 left in regulation. Bella Taylor converted two free throws to help White County finish regulation with a 7-4 run to tie the game at 66-66.
CCHS took a 70-68 lead on a Makenzie Iles jumper, but the Warriorettes converted three of four free throws to help tie the game at 71-71 at the end of the first overtime.
The two teams exchanged points through the second overtime, with Iles burying a trey with 18 seconds left for a 80-79 lead. Cash's trey with five seconds left gave White County an 82-80 lead.
After the officials put some time back onto the clock, CCHS moved the ball up the ffloor with Lee taking the final shot of the game.
Leading the Lady Jets were Iles (31 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal), Gina Dickk (11 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal), Alli Hyder (two points, three rebounds, six assists), Destiny Carlton (11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, seven steals), Lee (four points, 10 rebounds, one steal), VanWinkle (three points, one rebound, one steal), Teeple (seven points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals), Varney (three points), Eldridge (three points) and Courtney Smith (seven points, three rebounds.)
Lady Jets 83, Rhea County 47: The Lady Jets avenged their only loss of the season with an 83-47 victory over the Rhea County Lady Eagles before a large "Red Out" night crowd Friday in the CCHS gym.
The game started out as a seesaw battle, as the visitors opened the game with a 4-0 run, but Makenzie Iles scored the Lady Jets' first five points for a 5-4 advantage. Rhea County built four-point leads at 11-7 and 14-10, before baskets by Gina Dick and Destiny Carlton tied the game at 14-14 by quarter's end.
Kelsie Eldridge and Destin Carlton each had six points in the second quarter to help the Lady Jets build a 30-17 lead with under 2:30 left in the half and went on to take a 34-20 lead at the break.
CCHS was 15 of 31 from the field with 10 turnovers in the first half, while holding the Lady Eagles to seven of 15 from the field with 13 tunovers.
The Lady Jets opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run for a 45-24 advantage with 2:34 left. At that time, Iles picked up her fourth foul, but Rhea County finished the quarter with a 10-8 run to make the score 53-34.
Dick, Victoria Lee, Carlton, Iles and Alli Hyder combined for 19 markers for the Lady Jets, who were seven of 14 from the field.
Rebekah Teeple scored 12 points in the final quarter, as the Lady Jets outscored Rhea County 30-13 to make the final margin 83-47 as Coach Radhika Miller cleared her deep bench in the final quarter. Iles, Lindsey Norrod, Dick, Madison McLaughlin, Skylar VanWinkle and Bailey Davis all added markers in the quarter.
Stats leaders were Iles (9 points, three steals), Norrod (two points, two rebounds), Dick (13 points, five rounds, four assist, three steals), Hyder (six points, five rebounds, one assist), Carlton (12 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals), Lee (nine points, two rebounds), McLaughlin (three points), Sydney Clark (one rebound), VanWinkle (nine points, four rebounds, one assist), Teeple (12 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal), Klaire Varney (one rebound, one assist, two steals), Eldridge (six points, five points) and Davis (two points).
Schedule: The Lady Jets have another three-game week, as they travel to Stone Memorial Tuesday night and to White County Friday, before hosting Monterey Saturday for senior night.