The Cumberland County basketball teams opened their District 6AAA slate Friday night by splitting with Cookeville.
The Jets defeated Cookeville 86-71, while the Lady Cavaliers defeated the Lady Jets 60-40.
CCHS 86, Cookeville 71: The Jets trailed 8-0 with 6:04 left in the first quarter, but a layup by Dylan Qualls triggered a 26-14 run to give the Jets a 26-22 lead. Qualls had nine points in the first quarter for the Jets, while Tayler Houston had eight markers.
The Jets outscored the Cavaliers 18-17 in the second quarter for a 44-39 advantage at the break. Cameron O'Rourke scored six points for the Jets.
Qualls scored 12 third-quarter points to help the Jets outscore Cookeville 23-18 to take a 67-57 advantage. Matt Case had six points for the Cavaliers.
The scoring barrage continued into the final quarter, as the Jets outscored the Cavaliers 19-14 to post the victory. Houston had eight points for the Jets.
CCHS was 39 of 60 from the field and 13 of 20 from the charity stripe, while holding Cookeville to 31 of 48 from the field and six of 12 from the free throw line.
CCHS had four players in double figures — Diego Poore (11 points, two rebounds, three assists), Qualls (23 points, seven rebounds, two assists), Houston (24 points, six rebounds, one assist, five steals) and Logan Parsons (12 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal). Rounding out the scoring were J. J. Miller (two points, Cade Smith (eight points, two rebounds, two assists) and Cameron O'Rourke (six points, three rebounds).
The Jets were minus head coach Will Foster, out due to a family emergency, and were coached by assistant Blaine Moore and volunteer assistant Scott Davis.
Cookeville 60, CCHS 40: Hannah Goolsby poured in 24 points and Sydney Robinson added 17 points to lead the Lady Cavaliers over the Lady Jets.
Makenzie Iles led CCHS with 13 points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals, while Kassidy Sommer added 12 points and three rebounds. Rounding out the scoring were Alli Hyder (three points), Sloane VanWinkle (five points), Rebekah Teeple (seven points, two rebounds), Gina Dick (four rebounds, one assist), Victoria Lee (one rebound), Skylar VanWinkle (two rebounds) and Courtney Smith.
Cookeville built a 12-2 lead; however, the Lady Jets finished the quarter with a 10-3 run to slice the lead to 15-12. Sommer and Iles had six points each for the Lady Jets in the first quarter.
After a Sommer layup sliced the lead to 15-14, Cookeville finished the quarter with a 19-5 run to take a 34-19 lead at the break. Sloane VanWinkle had five points in the second quarter.
A 10-8 third quarter gave the Lady Cavs a 44-27 advantage after three quarters. Sommer had four points for the Lady Jets, and Teeple added three points.
Iles opened the final quarter with a three-point play to make the score 44-30, but Cookeville reeled off seven unanswered points for a 51-32 lead and finished the quarter with a 9-8 run for the final margin of 60-40.
The Lady Jets junior varsity defeated Cookeville 48-39. Leading the way for CCHS were Skylar VanWinkle (five points), Kelsie Eldridge (14 points), Victoria Lee (13 points), Maddi Potter (seven points), Bailey Davis (five points) and Madi McLaughlin (five points).
Schedule: CCHS hosts Clarkrange tonight and will travel to Coffee County Friday night for the second District 6AAA game.