©2013 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER
Cosby senior Lexi Lowery goes to the basket and is fouled during the second half of the Lady Eagles 51-38 win over Unaka in Friday night’s Region 1-A quarterfinal victory. Lowery had nine points in the game. The Lady Eagles play Cloudland in a Region 1-A semifinal on Monday night at 7:30 p.m.
|Published: 12:54 PM, 02/23/2013
||Last updated: 1:00 PM, 02/23/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
When the Region 1-A semifinals start on Monday night, the Cosby
Lady Eagles can not afford to have their heads in the clouds.
With a pair of TSSAA Class A
Sectional game berths at stake on Monday night, all four teams that take the floor at Chuckey-Doak
Middle School are all worthy of state rankings. However, two of them will see their season end on
It's why the Lady Eagles must come ready to play the Cloudland Lady Highlanders
(Monday, 7:30 p.m.), a 2012 state tournament team and last year's Region 1-A champion.
Eagles coach Richard Coggins said his team must be ready to play from the opening tip, or risk
losing their season coming to a premature end. For all the successes and accolades Cosby has brought
home this season - it could all wind up steps short of their goals if they are unable to top the
Unaka tested Cosby through two quarters, mainly after Coggins thought his
team wasn't ready to play and endured a number of early and late mistakes in the
"We've just got to come play on Monday night," Coggins said. "We did some things
that were not smart basketball.
"We've got to play smarter and better Monday night, or we
won't win," Coggins said.
For the Lady Eagles, Monday's game will be the stiffest test
they've faced since playing Gatlinburg-Pittman and Pigeon Forge in late January.
senior Tiffany Smelcer said that even though the team cruised through much of the three weeks of the
season, that they have no trouble finding motivation against quality teams.
"I think the
competition we play against - it makes us want to play harder," Smelcer said. "The more competition
we have, the more we want to play."
Competition will certainly be not difficult to find for
Cosby here on out. With North Greene or Hampton looming as Region 1-A championship game opponents
should they advance past Cloudland - the Lady Eagles will be in for another fight.
stiff region tournament field, Coggins thinks the final four are all capable of making a run to
performing well at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament, which begins in 12 days.
tonight with how Unaka played - I think if you win this region, you might be able to win the state,"
Coggins said. "I mean, I think there's four teams up here that's as good as anybody you'll see in
"We beat Clarkrange this summer by six or eight points and they're ranked second
or third," Coggins said.
But in order for their success to continue, the Lady Eagles can't
be dreaming of the potential accolades ahead, or resting on the laurels of their previous
"We had a few key players (Friday night) who weren't ready to play," Coggins said.
"I think we've got to be more ready to play (on Monday).
"We can't come out and be deer in
the headlights," Coggins said.
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