©2013 NPT PHOTO BY CHRIS TAYLOR
The Cocke County Lady Red claimed the 2012-13 District 2-AAA Tournament championship on Saturday night with a 44-32 win over Morristown West. From left are Kaitlyn Martin, Sharina Cofield, Mika Wester, Allison Ball, Jordan Ray, Taylor Thornton, Alison Atha, Delessa Stewart, Hayley Miller, Hannah Miller, Hannah Ward and Kinsley Ford.
|Published: 1:53 AM, 02/19/2013
||Last updated: 11:08 AM, 02/19/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
SEYMOUR-The Cocke County High School Lady Red made a living off
of its defense for much of the 2012-13 campaign.
It paid off with a championship on Saturday
The latest strong defensive effort gave the No. 1 Lady Red a championship clinching
victory over No. 2 Morristown West by a 44-32 score in the District 2-AAA Tournament title game at
Seymour High School. Morristown West was held scoreless over the first 9:11 of the game and shot
only 19 percent from the field.
"Defense is the name of our game," said Cocke County
first-year coach Jeremy Byrd. "We get after it from the opening tip to the final
Cocke County (20-9) was able to play shut down defense and control the paint against
the decisively larger Lady Trojans (20-9). The Lady Red held a 41-23 advantage on the boards and
only allowed a single second chance point in the game.
Morristown West was never able to get
its post play on track as All-District forwards Jecca Simerly and Christian Zimmerman played a
combined 35 minutes due to foul trouble. Simerly picked up her third foul with three seconds left in
the first half and her fourth foul just 15 seconds into the third period.
"I told the girls
before the game that whoever controls the paint will win the game," said Byrd, who was named
District 2-AAA Coach of the Year. "We had to play tough because (Morristown West) has some posts
that beat and bang with the best of them.
"I was really proud of my girls because those two
posts were All-District and I didn’t have a post (player) that made All-District,”"Byrd said.
"That says a lot about their heart."
For the full story, see the February 19th edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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