By Ed Greif
The CCHS basketball teams wrapped up the regular season with a split of the District 6AAA regular season finales at Cookeville Monday night as a tune-up for the league tournament which begins Thursday night at White County.
Coach Radhika Miller's Lady Jets upset regular season champion Cookeville 65-61 to finish fourth at 2-6, while the Jets were beaten 79-48 to finish 4-4 for third place in the league.
CCHS 65, Cookeville 61: Alli Hyder poured in a career high 28 points with three rebounds and four assists to spark the Lady Jets. Rounding out the attack were Makenzie Iles (10 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal), Maddi Potter (one rebound), Gina Dick (two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal), Sloane VanWinkle (two points, one rebound), Victoria Lee, Kelsie Eldridge (12 points, nine rebounds, one steal) and Kassidy Sommer (11 points, four rebounds, two steals).
The Lady Cavaliers took an 18-11 first-quarter lead, as Hannah Goolsby and Sydney Marek each had six points. Cookeville was seven of 12 from the field with three turnovers, while CCHS was three of 10 with two turnovers. Hyder had six points for the Lady Jets.
Cookeville stretched the lead to 27-18 late in the first half, but a layup by Eldridge keyed a 9-4 run to slice the lead to 31-27 at the break. Hyder and Eldridge combined for 13 of the Lady Jets' 16 second-quarter points.
The Lady Cavliers led by as much as seven points in the third quarter, as the Lady Jets battled back to take a 51-48 advantage by quarter's end. Sommer (seven points) and Hyder (six points) were instrumental in the comeback. CCHS was seven of nine from the field, while holding Cookeville to six of 13.
Eldridge, Hyder and Iles were part of a 9-2 run to give the Lady Jets a 60-52 lead with 3:36 left in the contest; however, Cookeville sliced the lead to 62-61 with 31.6 seconds remaining.
Free throws by Hyder and VanWinkle sealed the 65-61 victory.
CCHS was 18 of 31 from the free throw line and 19 of 47 from the field, while Cookeville was 21 of 51 from the field and 18 of 26 from the charity stripe.
Cookeville 79, CCHS 48: The Cavaliers placed four players in double figures en route to their victory. Elizah Campbell, Solon Carver, Lucas Ledbetter and Phillip Roper tallied 12, 12, 15 and 13 points, respectively for the Cavaliers.
Leaders for the Jets were Jon Elmore, Diego Poore (seven points, one rebound), Bryan Young, Dylan Qualls (10 points, three rebounds, one steal), J.J. Miller (four points, one rebound), Tanner Christopher (two points, one rebound, two assists), Austin Brown (two points, one rebound, one assist, two steals), Alex Dixon (two points, one rebound, one assist), Tayler Houston (four points, one rebound, two steals), Cade Smith (11 points, two steals), Blake McLaughlin (four points), Logan Parsons (four points, two rebounds, one assist), Cameron O'Rourke (one rebound, one steal) and Ty Tabor.
Cookeville took control of the game early, hitting 10 of 15 shots from the floor, for a 22-11 first-quarter lead. Eight of the 10 were layups. Ledbetter had nine points for the Cavaliers.
Smith had a trey for the Jets, who were four of 11 from the field with six turnovers.
Cookeville outscored CCHS 19-12 in the second quarter for a 41-23 lead at the break. CCHS was five of nine from the field. Qualls and Smith had four points each.
Only three Jets scored in the third quarter — Parsons (four points), Qualls (four points) and Poore (five points), as they were outscored 22-13 to trail 63-36.
Cookeville finished the game with a 16-12 run for the final margin of 79-48.
McLaughlin scored four points for the Jets, while Miller, Christopher, Brown and Smith each had a bucket.
District tournament: The fourth-seeded Lady Jets play fifth-seed Warren County Thursday at 6 p.m. at White County High School, while the third-seeded Jets play second-seed Cookeville Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The semi-finals are Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. The Jets have already earned a berth in next week's region tournament, while the Lady Jets need a victory over Warren County Thursday to earn a berth in the region.
Houston, Parsons, Qualls and Iles were named All-District, while Dick was honorable mention All-District.
Rounding out the boys All-District team were Trey Henderson (Cookeville), Dalton Nash (White County), Kane Young (White County), Matt Case (Cookeville), A.J. Wilkerson (White County), Phillip Roper (Cookeville) and Kendall Rutledge (Warren County). Honorable mention was Lucas Crismond (Coffee County), Cade Crossland (White County), Kordell Henderson (White County), Nick Simmons (Warren County) and Tucker Smith (Warren County).
Lance Crismond (Coffee County) was Player of the Year, while Eric Mitchell (White County) was Coach of the Year.
Mindy Odom (Cookeville) was Coach of the Year, while Hannah Goolsby (Cookeville) was Player of the Year.
Rounding out the All-District team were Alaina Lusk (Coffee County), Ginny Claiborne (Coffee County), Allyson Quillon (White County), Loren Foster (White County), Sydney Robinson (Cookeville), Sydney Marek (Cookeville), Latha Wilson (White County), Bri Melton (Warren County) and Ta'Neesa Buchanan (Coffee County). Honorable mention picks were Katie Reid (Coffee County), Karagan Turner (Cookeville), Camerie Martin (Warren County) and Kelsey Roberts (White County).