The CCHS basketball teams traveled to rival White County Tuesday night for two crucial District 6AAA games, and came away with two tough losses, as the Lady Jets lost 67-66 on free thows with less than a second left in the game, and the Jets fourth-quarter rally fell four points short 74-70.
White County 67, CCHS 66: Krista King's two free throws with 0:0.9 seconds left in the game gave the Warriorettes the victory in the seesaw battle.
The Warriorettes opened the game with a 10-0 run, but two free throws by Jaclyn Reagan with 5:04 left helped the Lady Jets build a 22-12 run to knot the score at 22-22 by quarter's end.
CCHS was six of 15 from the floor and six of seven free throws with one turnover, while White County was nine of 13 from the floor and two of five from the charity stripe with four turnovers.
The Lady Jets took a 31-29 lead on a Reagan layup on an assist by Lauren Sliger; however, a three-point play by Lindsey Phillips gave WCHS a 32-31 lead. A Tayler Vaden layup put CCHS ahead 33-32 at the break.
CCHS was cold from the field (three of 12), but their free throw shooting (five of eight) helped regain the lead.
The Lady Jets stretched the lead to 43-37 on a three-point play by Vaden with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter, but White County finished the quarter with a 13-6 run to take a 50-49 lead.
Sloane VanWinkle's 10 points helped the Lady Jets regain the lead at 65-62 with 1:04 left in the game, after there were five lead changes and four ties.
Trailing 63-62, White County missed a couple of go-ahead opportunities with Rebekah Teeple hauling down the rebound. VanWinkle would convert two free throws to give CCHS the three-point advantage.
A trey by Kelsey Roberts knotted the score at 65-65 with 52.9 seconds left.
After that, it became a cat and mouse game with Lady Jet Coach Radhika Miller and Warriorrette Coach Bryan Haley using their timeouts during the latter stages of the contest.
Reagan converted the first of two free throws with 16.3 seconds for a 66-65 lead.
Brandi Green seconds later stole the ball, but missed a game-sealing layup.
A Lady Jet turnover gave White County the ball with 3.4 seconds left, but King was fouled with 0.9 seconds left and converted the two free throws for the victory.
The numbers tell the story. CCHS was 20 of 52 from the field and 22 of 32 from the charity stripe with 13 turnovers, while White County was 23 of 46 from the field and 14 of 22 from the free throw line with 15 turnovers.
Vaden led the Lady Jets with 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and two turnovers, followed by VanWinkle (19 points, two rebounds, one assist), Reagan (11 points, four rebounds, six assists), Teeple (10 points, 14 rebounds, one steal), Sliger (five points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals), Green (two points, two rebounds, two assists, three steals), Gina Dick, Tori Noel (one rebound, one assist) and Kelsey Daugherty (two rebounds).
Leading scorers for White County were Allyson Quillen (11 points), King (12 points), Loren Foster (19 points) and Kelsey Roberts (16 markers).
White County 74, CCHS 70: The Warriors had four players in double figures — Devon Davidson (22 points), A.J. Wilkerson (16 points), Kane Young (14 points) and Dalton Nash (13 points) — in the contest.
Leading the Jets were Brandon Hawkins (four points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal), Dylan Qualls (eight points, one rebound, four assists, two steals), J.J. Miller (four points, two rebounds, one steal), Donovan O'Rourke (one rebound), John Bilbrey (17 points, one rebound, two assists, six steals), Todd Threet, Tayler Houston (four points, one board, two assists), Steven Hill (six points, four rebounds), Logan Parsons (25 points, five rebounds) and Dakota Rucker (two points, six rebounds).
The game started out like a "Shootout at the OK Corral," as both teams were lighting it up from the field — CCHS, eight of 13, and WCHS, eight of 10, with the first quarter ending in a 19-19 draw. White County led by as much as five points, while the Jets had a four-point advantage.
Bilbrey was the Jets' trigger man with 11 points, including three three-pointers.
The Warriors built a 26-21 lead, despite five of 13 shooting from the field, but the Jets outscored the hosts 9-6 in the final 5:53 of the half to slice the lead to 32-20.
Parsons was trigger man in the third quarter, scoring 13 of his 25 points, to help the Jets take a 43-41 advantage; however, White County finished the quarter with an 8-2 run for a 49-45 lead by quarter's end.
Parsons' fifth trey of the game sliced the lead to 49-48 early in the final quarter, but White County roared out to a 72-58 advantage with a 23-10 explosion.
A Bilbrey layup helped the Jets finish the game with a flourish, outscoring the Warriors 10-2 for the final margin of 74-70.
CCHS was 24 of 50 from the field and 11 of 15 from the charity stripe with 17 turnovers, while White County was 31 of 49 from the floor and 11 of 17 from the free throw line with 10 miscues.
Schedule: CCHS completes the first half of their district schedule tonight as the host Warren County, before hosting SMHS Saturday and York on Tuesday.