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Cosby swept by Pigeon Forge

Published: 4:01 PM, 01/29/2013

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-Pigeon Forge High School took a pair of games from its rival Cosby High on Saturday evening in a pair of rescheduled games.

Both Class AA Pigeon Forge squads had to mount second half comebacks to defeat Cosby in games that were originally scheduled to be played on Friday night.

In girls’ play, the No. 2 Lady Eagles suffered their third defeat of the season by a 61-57 margin. The 61 points surrendered were a season high for Cosby.

In boys’ play the Tigers roared back from a late six-point deficit to rally for a 64-60 win. The Eagles played an inspired game and led by as many as 10 points in the second half before dropping the

Lady Eagles fall for third time

Defeating Pigeon Forge has never been an easy task for the Cosby Lady Eagles.

The latest installment in the rivalry was another verse from that same book on Saturday.

Cosby (18-3) cruised to an early 10-3 lead in the game, but behind a strong shooting performance Pigeon Forge (12-6) rallied to claim a halftime lead and then began to take control of the game in second half.

Pigeon Forge, which trailed 20-17 after a period of play, led the game 34-33 at halftime.

Courtney Leatherwood drained four of her team’s eight three-point baskets in the first half and Callie Clabo scored 11 points, including a pair of long-range buckets, to help their team take the one-point lead at the break.

Cosby also got out to a hot start offensively by hitting six first half three-point baskets. Sophomore Bethanie Williams, who led Cosby with 20 points, hit on three shots, while Tiffany Smelcer hit two and Dessie Shaffer hit another.

Cosby took a 43-40 lead late into the third quarter, but Pigeon Forge led the game 47-44 at the end of the period. A technical foul on the Lady Eagles bench gave the Lady Tigers a four-point possession and swung the pendulum of momentum back into Pigeon Forge’s corner.

After Pigeon Forge took the lead, the Lady Eagles would not get within two-points of the lead for the remainder of the game.

PIGEON FORGE (61): Callie Clabo 21, MiKayla Trombley 14, Courtney Leatherwood 12, Clarissa Crowley 5, Mindy Brackins 5 Katie Shields 4.

COSBY (57): Bethanie Williams 20, Lexi Lowery 12, Tiffany Smelcer 9, Dessie Shaffer 9, Lexiey Williams 4, Sarah Conard 3.

Valiant Eagles just shy

Playing one of their most inspired games of the year, the Eagles took their upper classification rival to the brink before falling by four points.

Cosby held a six-point advantage late, but a pair of three-pointers for Pigeon Forge erased the lead and the Tigers would hold strong to take the 64-60 win.

The Eagles were led in the game by assistant coach Cody Lowe. Head coach John Marsh missed the game due to illness.

Cosby built a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, only to see Pigeon Forge rally back on a 14-2 run to take its first lead of the night at 60-58 with 2:09 to play. Back to back three-point shots by Anthony Shular tied the game at 58 with three minutes to play, after the Eagles enjoyed a 58-52 advantage.

To add to the disappointment of the final few minutes, the Eagles had a chance to tie the game at the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds but missed a pair of shots. Cosby also missed out on a key defensive rebound on the front end of a Pigeon Forge bonus free-throw, which enabled the Tigers to take the four-point lead with 13 seconds to play.

The disappointing final few minutes overshadowed a valiant effort by the Eagles to try to overcome their rival.

Cosby led 18-15 after a quarter and 36-31 at halftime. The lead only continued to grow as the Eagles led by seven after three quarters and then by 10 points in the fourth quarter before seeing the lead slip away.

Freshman Bryson Valentine scored 20 points off the bench for the Eagles. Valentine hit five three-point baskets in the game.

Tate Parton also added a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Jordan Self scored 14 points.

PIGEON FORGE (64): Ben Vaughn 19, Trevor Jain 18, Anthony Shular 10, Kaleb Black 9, Jake Kingery 6, Peyton Marshall 2.

COSBY (60): Bryson Valentine 20, Tate Parton 15, Jordan Self 14, Keenan Phillips 7, Zach Daruna 2, Timmy Smelcer 2.

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