Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area Sports

November 18, 2013

Lady Jets score win over Livingston in OT

Also take down Wartburg, Karns in Hall of Fame action

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Lady Jet basketball team won three TSSAA Hall of Fame games last week, beating Wartburg and Livingston in overtime Saturday at Clarkrange, after beating Karns Thursday.

On Saturday, the Lady Jets traveled to Clarkrange and defeated Wartburg 79-57 and Livingston 82-75 in overtime.

CCHS 82, Livingston 77:This was an exciting match-up that kept fans on the edge of their seats for all four quarters and overtime.  The Lady Jets were led by Hyder in the first quarter with 10 points, knocking down two three-point baskets. She completed the first half of play with 13 points, of which there were three three-point baskets. 

The second quarter was led by Iles with eight points and Dick with seven points, as the Lady Jets led 37-33 at the break. 

The Lady Jets struggled in the third quarter and were outscored by Livingston 21-6 to trail 52-43.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Livingston  extended its lead by nine to 54-43. Heading into the fourth quarter, Livingston was already in the bonus and Gina Dick was on the bench with four fouls.

Carlton sparked the three-point attack by knocking down three three-point baskets in the fourth quarter. Iles also hit some big baskets and added nine points in the fourth quarter.

With four minutes left, Hyder and Carlton sank three-point baskets, chopping away at the Livingston lead, 58-54, and Gina Dick checked back into the game with four fouls. 

At the three-minute mark, Carlton found Makenzie Iles cutting to the basket and sinks a three-point play bringing the Lady Jets within two points of the Lady Wildcats of Livingston, 60-58.

A couple of Lady Jets fouls puts Livingston back at the charity stripe and ahead by five. Carlton sank a deep three-point basket in the corner, bringing the Lady Jets within two points with 2:30 left to go in the fourth quarter.

With one min left to go, Iles knocked down a three and cut the Livingstin lead to one. Again, Livinsgton responds with a two-point basket. 

With 2.4 seconds left on the clock and the Lady Jets desperately trying to regain the lead, Dick was fouled on a shot and went to the charity stripe to shoot two. Dick hits the first shot and Livingston called a timeout. 

According to Coach Radhika Miller, "It was time to make a tough decision. Do we go for the made free-throw and try to get a quick foul?"

Instead Coach Radhika Miller and Assistant Coach Leslie Eldridge prepared their team during the time out for an intentional missed basket at the charity stripe. 

"Looking back, that was some of the most detailed coaching and discussions we have ever had during a timeout," said Miller. "Gina executed the miss perfectly and her teammates sealed their defenders so that she was able to get the rebound and put it back up for the tie and send the game into overtime. 

"I just tried to remember playing 21 with my brother growing-up," said  Dick whose off-the rim missed free-throw and put-back sent the Lady Jets to overtime play against the Livingston Lady Wildcats.  

Overtime was dominated by free-throw shooting by both the Lady Jets and the Lady Wildcats of Livingston. The  Lady Jets shot six of nine from the charity stripe during overtime and overall they were 15-24 shooting 63 percent for the game from the foul line, while the Livingston Wildcats were 16 of 28 from the foul line for 57.1 percent. 

Dick fouled out in overtime with 1:30 left in the game , as a result of her rebounding efforts. Iles led the offensive attack in overtime scoring six of her 28 points, while Teeple stole the ball and went coast-to-coast to knock down a three-point play. 

Both Teeple and Victoria Lee each pulled down six huge rebounds against the tough and strong rebounding attack of the Lady Wildcats, led by senior Marlee Sells.

According to Miller, "The victory over the Lady Wildcats of Livingston was a combined team effort. Everyone did their part and worked hard - together.  That is what it takes to beat a well-coached and respected team like Livingston."

Leading scorers for CCHS were Iles 28, Hyder 20, Dick 14, Carlton 12, Vanwinkle 3, Teeple 3, Bailey Davis 2.

Lady Jets 79, Wartburg 57: CCHS led 21-9 after the first quarter, but were outscored 22-15 in the second quarter, as Wartburg was nine of 10 from the charity stripe in the second frame.

CCHS outscored Wartburg 38-26 in the second half for the win.

Lady Jet were 7-14 from the free-throw line for the game shooting 50 percent, while Wartburg was 13-21 shooting 62 percent from the free-throw line. The Lady Jets knocked down eight three-point baskets during the battle.

There was consistent quarter-by-quarter scoring by Makenzie Iles who ended the game with 20 points, Alli Hyder with 14 points, and Victoria Lee and Destiny Carlton, both chalked up 10 points. 

Vanwinkle knocked down three three-point baskets and matched Gina Dick with 11 points for the game. Klaire Varney hit a two- point basket late in the game and Teeple added one point and pulled down nine huge defensive rebounds and five offensive rebounds. 

"Wartburg is a well-coached and tough team. They will definitely be contenders for the state tournament and have a lot of success this season. They have several tough players and play so hard," said Coach Radhika Miller

Nov. 14 game.

CCHS 80, Karns 30: Cumberland County led 43-14 at the break, as Destiny Carlton, Skylar VanWinkle, Rebekah Teeple and Kelsie Eldridg combined to hit four three-pointers, and the Lady Jets were 14 of 18 from the free throw line, according to Coach Radhika Miller.

The Lady Jets outscored Karns 21-5 in the third quarter and then finished the game with a 16-11 fourth-quarter to take the victory. Makenzie Iles, Sydney Clark and Destiny Carlton knocked down four three-point baskets in the final frame. Carlton hit a three at the buzzer to end the game.

The Lady Jets had 11 three-pointers and shot 75 percen from the free throw line..

Scoring for the Lady Jets were Makenzie Iles 17, Gina Dick 13, Destiny Carlton 12, Skylar Vanwinkle 9, Rebekah Teeple 8, Kelsie Eldridge 7, Courtney Smith 4, Victoria Lee 4, Sydney Clark 3, Alli Hyder 2 ,Lindsey Norrod 1.

The Lady Jets (3-0) host District 5AAA, Region 3AAA foe Cleveland tonight at 6 and Clarkrange Friday at 6 p.m.

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