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The CCHS Lady Jets started the 2014-‘15 season with three victories in TSSAA Hall of Fame games against Karns, Haywood County and Farragut. In the second photo, Courtney Smith (52) eyes the basket. CCHS traveled to Knox Halls Monday evening and host East Hamilton Friday night.

The Cumberland County High School Lady Jets basketball team opened the 2014-'15 season by winning three TSSAA Hall of Fame games, beginning last Thursday with an 82-38 victory over Knox Karns and took two games Saturday - a 72-35 victory over Haywood County and a 67-40 decision of Knox Farragut.

"It was a team effort offensively and defensively," said Lady Jets coach Radhika Miller after the victory over Farragut Saturday night. "Faragut is very talented and always fundamentally sound. Haywood County is very athletic. This helped us work on our passing game because of their athleticism. We got off to a good start offensively against Karns. We knocked down some shots."

CCHS 82, Karns 38: Destiny Carlton led the Lady Jets with 19 points, while Makenzie Iles added 14 and Gina Dick chipped in 12. Rounding out the scoring was Lindsey Norrod (3), Alli Hyder (5), Madison McLaughliln (2), Skylar VanWinkle (4), Klaire Varney (2), Kelsie Eldridge (3) and Courtney Smith (8). Also playing were Victoria Lee, Sydney Clark, Hannah Brown and Mattie Hinch.

The Lady Jets outscored the Lady Beavers 26-9 in the first quarter and stretched the lead to 46-21 at the break, thanks to a defensive which forced 20 first-half turnovers, including 12 steals.

A 20-13 third quarter swelled the lead to 66-34 and then finished the game with a 16-4 fourth quarter for the victory.

CCHS 72, Haywood County 35: Iles tallied 16 points to lead the Lady Jets, followed by Gina Dick (3), Victoria Lee (8), Madison McLaughlin (2), Kelsie Eldridge (5), Alli Hyder (3), Courtney Smith (15), Destiny Carlton (9), Klaire Varney (7), Sydney Clark (7), and Mattie Hinch (2). Also playing were Skylar VanWinkle, Lindsey Norrod and Hannah Brown.

CCHS led 20-6 after one quarter, stretched the lead to 33-12 at the break and finished the game with a 39-23 second half explosion for the victory.

CCHS 67, Farragut 40: For the third game in a row, Miller and her staff of Andrew Miller, Kim Cram-Torres and Travis Isaacson were able to play their entire bench in the second victory of the day Saturday.

Makenzie Iles led the Lady Jets with 31 points, followed by Gina Dick (9), Victoria Lee (6), Skylar VanWinkle (2), Alli Hyder (2), Courtney Smith (4), Destiny Carlton (4), Klaire Varney (6), Sydney Clark (2) and Hannah Brown (1). Also playing were Madison McLaughlin, Kelsie Eldridge, Lindsey Norrod and Mattie Hinch.

Farragut led 7-5, but a trey by Varney helped the Lady Jets finish the first quarter with a 8-0 run for a 13-7 lead.

A 14-11 second quarter gave the Lady Jets a 29-18 lead at the break, sparked by Iles' nine points.

The Lady Jets' offense woke up in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Admirals 26-12 for a 55-30 advantage. Iles had 13 points for CCHS.

A 12-10 fourth quarter gave the Lady Jets the victory.

Schedule: The Lady Jets traveled to Knox Halls Monday night and will host East Hamilton Friday at 6 p.m.

Ed Greif may be reached at sports@crossville-chronicle.com