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Cosby splits with Unaka

2013 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER
Cosby High School senior Lexi Lowery scored 17 points as the Lady Eagles cruised past Region 1-A rival Unaka by a 54-29 score on Saturday night.
Published: 3:26 PM, 01/08/2013 Last updated: 3:30 PM, 01/08/2013
 

Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-Saturday night turned into an exciting night for one Cosby basketball squad while disappointment struck the other.

The Lady Eagles opened with a 54-29 thrashing of the Unaka Lady Rangers while the Eagles struggled after a slow start, falling 56-45.

Lexi Lowery paced the Lady Eagles with 17 points and Tiffany Smelcer added 10.

Tate Parton led the Eagles with 15 points while Luke Lemons had 12. Jordan Self also finished with 10 points.

Lady Eagles cruise over region rival

Saturday night's matchup between the Cosby Lady Eagles and Unaka was expected to come down to the wire.

The expected close game quickly turned into a rout though as the Lady Eagles rolled to a 54-29 victory at the Eagles Nest.

Cosby (14-2) continued to show why they are going to be a very dangerous team come tournament time and should have a chance to make a deep postseason run.

"If you play (Unaka) again, they're liable to be a whole different team as far as the way they play," Cosby head coach Richard Coggins said. "That's the same bunch that had us down 12 last year at the half here."

"They're a good team. I don't think they played with a lot of fire tonight, but they're a good team," Coggins said.

Slow start dooms Eagles

An early deficit proved too much to overcome for the Cosby Eagles as they fell to Unaka at home on Saturday, 56-45 to snap a five-game winning streak.

The Eagles (10-6) cut the lead to single digits with three minutes left in regulation, but couldn't pull closer than nine.

It was an 11-0 run for the Rangers (8-6) to begin the game that set Cosby back before they could even get started.

"We just did not come out to play," Cosby head coach John Marsh said. "I told them above all before the game, we need to play hard and smart. We just didn't do either."

"We just didn't defend well. They just broke us down and then we got into foul trouble," Marsh said.

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