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Lady Eagles fall in overtime

Lady Eagles junior Bethanie Williams prepares to put up a shot in Tuesday night’s loss at Pigeon Forge High School.
Published: 6:40 PM, 12/12/2013 Last updated: 6:50 PM, 12/12/2013

Author: Adam Greene
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

PIGEON FORGECosby High School tied the game up twice in the final period of regulation to force overtime, but couldn't overcome poor shot selection in the four-minute extra period.

Despite being forced into overtime, Pigeon Forge took the win on their home court by a 51-46 score Tuesday night over Cosby.

The Lady Eagles (6-4) were down for most of the game, thanks to passing up layups and opportunities to drive to the basket for fade-aways and ill-timed passes. Cosby struggled to keep possession of the ball, helping the Lady Tigers (7-1) build an early lead.

"I was frustrated the whole game," Cosby coach Richard Coggins said. "My girls don't play hard and that's a problem we have. They think they're better than they are and they're going to get a rude awakening at ball practice."

Bethanie Williams was dangerous from outside, but the inside game from Lexiey Williams and Sarah Conard was missing, as the Lady Tigers clogged the lane and forced Cosby to play a physical game that they were not up for.

"It's a recurring thing," Coggins said. "When you play lazy, then you play that way offensively. It's something I've got to fix, whether it's move some people around or what. We can't play one possession for one night and then the next night not show up."

Coggins' frustrations with his team were obvious during Tuesday night's game. When a player seemed to have an open look, then decide to pass, Coggins would shout from the bench to "shoot the ball" more than once in the third period.

In the fourth quarter the Lady Eagles finally fought back, Cosby got big shots from Bethanie Williams. Lexiey Williams and Conard began finding room in the lane and point guard Dessie Shaffer become more a factor on both ends of the floor.

In the final minutes Cosby cut deep into Pigeon Forge's lead. Finally, the Lady Eagles tied the game 42-42. Pigeon Forge had one last chance in regulation, getting a shot off but Shaffer came down with the rebound as the horn sounded.

Turnovers and poor possessions plagued the Lady Eagles in the four-minute overtime period.
Pigeon Forge's Rebecca Baker and Callie Clabo took them home, converting baskets and hitting foul shots to pull away. Cosby managed just four points in the overtime period.

Multiple times a Cosby possession would end with the ball going out of bounds as the Lady Eagles struggled with Pigeon Forge's press for most of the game.

"It was a real ugly basketball game and the one that played the hardest would win," Coggins said. "They played harder than we did. We came back and hit some shots, but if we played hard at all then we come back and win that game by 10 or 15 points. Effort-wise, we just didn't give any."

Cosby will get a chance to make things right Friday night as they begin District 2-A play hosting Clinch at 6:30 p.m.

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