©2013 NPT PHOTO BY SETH BUTLER
CCHS junior point guard Sharina Cofield drives against the defense of a Jefferson County player in the fourth quarter of Friday’s game.
|Published: 5:52 PM, 12/08/2013
||Last updated: 5:53 PM, 12/08/2013
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
DANDRIDGEâ€”The Jefferson County Lady Patriots pulled away late
in the fourth quarter to defeat Cocke County, 51-38, in District 2-AAA play on Friday
While the Lady Patriots (5-3, 2-0 District 2-AAA) thrived at the free throw line for
most of the night, the Lady Red (5-4, 1-1) struggled, and it could have cost them down stretch in
the final few minutes.
The game was back-and-forth for the majority of the night until midway
through the fourth when the Lady Patriots broke through with a solid run.
"We didn't do too
well with adversity," Cocke County head coach Jeremy Byrd said. "There were just a lot of things
that go in together that just cost us.
"The little things are important and they showed
tonight. The free throws, help-side defense, understanding not letting the same play happen to you
two or three times. A lot of things go into it.
"I feel like we were prepared to play
physically, but mentally we just weren't ready to roll."
The Lady Red led after a
quarter 9-6 and were up by as many as six points in the opening frame, but both teams struggled to
find their shot early on.
"When you play tight offensively, you're not going to shoot the
ball well," Byrd said. "I think both teams played tight, they just happened to get a few more breaks
in the game that helped them to relax when they were at the free throw line.
"You have to
play basketball relaxed and we did not do that at all."
A back-and-forth second quarter ended
with Jefferson County in front 23-20.
Mika Wester had 10 in the first half to pace the Lady
Red offense. She finished the game with 14 to lead all scorers. She was the only Cocke County player
in double figures.
Tori Griffin led Jefferson County with 12 points. Brooke Taylor added 11
in the win.
Neither team separated themselves in the third quarter as the score was tied
30-30 heading into the fourth.
"The girls are upset," Byrd said. "I was a little harsh with
them in there and told them things I was disappointed in. They really didn't like losing and they
didn't like me pointing some things out individually that they did wrong. It's definitely a good
opportunity for us to learn. We'll see come Tuesday night if we're still sluggish after this loss or
if we're ready to get back to work."
The fourth quarter was when the Lady Patriots took
control, particularly about halfway through the period.
A pair of free throws from Griffin
helped stretch the lead out to nine with just a few minutes left.
"We were really put
into a situation that we weren't in last year," Byrd said. "We were making free throws and those
things were going right for us (last year)and they just didn't know how to handle it. This team
expects to win and this coaching staff expects to win. When it doesn't happen, we tend to not like
it and we just didn't handle (tonight) very well down the stretch. Composure was a big thing with me
and the girls. So, we've just got some work to do."
After Jefferson County stretched their
lead out to nine midway through the final quarter, the Lady Red chipped it down to six on an Allison
Ball three, but that's as close as they would get as the Lady Patriots hit some more big free throws
down the stretch.
Cocke County travels to Cherokee on Tuesday. The Lady Red are scheduled to
tip at 6:30 p.m. against the Lady Chiefs.
JEFFERSON COUNTY (51): Tori Griffin 12, Brooke
Taylor 11, Alexandria Alder 8, Autumn Dodson 6, Makayla Woodard 5, Morgan Ridenour 3, Erin Essington
2, Jordan Jennings 2, Jacey Diaz 2.
COCKE COUNTY (38): Mika Wester 14, Allison Ball 5,
MaKayla Valentine 5, Kaitlyn Martin 4, Taylor Thornton 4, Kinsley Ford 3, Sharina Cofield 3.
3-point FG: CC (3): Ball, Ford, Valentine. JC (2): Alder, Ridenour.
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