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Lady Eagles cruise to district win

Cosbys Sydni Johnson battles a pair of Hancock County High School defenders in the second half of Fridays 64-26 District 2-A win over the Lady Indians.
Published: 3:29 PM, 02/02/2014 Last updated: 3:30 PM, 02/02/2014

Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY—The Cosby Lady Eagles continued to cruise along in District 2-A play after a 64-26 thrashing of Hancock County.

The Lady Eagles grabbed an early lead and never allowed the Lady Indians a chance to keep it close.
Bethanie Williams led the Lady Eagles with 14 points, and Lexiey Williams added 10 in the victory.

With several cancellations because of inclement weather over the past few weeks, Cosby head coach Richard Coggins continued to say he has to play his starters for a large portion of games, no matter the opponent, as they continue to prepare for postseason tournaments.

“I hated to play my starters as much as I did tonight, but we’ve got two tough ones in a row,” Coggins said. “We’ve got Oneida that’s beat us and we have Pigeon Forge that’s beat us. I had to let (my starters) play some tonight. But then you see what happens. Dessie (Shaffer) came down and hit her elbow hard so I took them right back out early in the fourth quarter.

“They’re hungry to play right now. That’s the best thing. We’re a little rusty on offense shooting the ball, but we came out and destroyed them early. I kept it mixed so everybody would get plenty of minutes.”

The Lady Eagles (14-6, 7-0 District 2-A) jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter in the first four minutes of the game. Sarah Conard got the run started, hitting a layup within the first 12 seconds, and Dessie Shaffer capped the run with a layup at the 4:02 mark. Cosby held a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Lady Eagles went on another run in the second quarter, this time a 16-0 spurt that ended with a Kristan Coggins basket at the 2:27 mark. Cosby took a 37-8 lead into the half over the Lady Indians (2-9, 2-2).

“What we call our non-starters, it’s the blue team,” Coggins said. “They’ve really stepped up the last couple weeks in practice. Coach Whaley coaches them in practice and he’s always bragging about how much they’re competing and wanting to play. You saw it tonight - I think they’ve gotten a lot
better. I think it’s starting to show.

“They’re getting some minutes in these games, so we feel better now than we did with our bench. They’ve gotten a lot better and they’re taking it a lot more serious.”

Cosby opened the third quarter on a another huge run, this time a 12-0 start that pushed the lead to 49-8.

Shaffer opened second half scoring on a layup and Lexiey Williams stretched the lead to 41 later in the quarter. A three from Charley Barger left the lead at 56-18 as the game headed to the final quarter.

“What I was proud of tonight - we missed two free throws,” Coggins said. “We’ve been working on that and hopefully that will carry over.

“We just tried to work on stuff tonight. We had to win the game and we felt like we would, but we wanted to just more or less practice a few things... We were just trying to work on a few things for later.”

The Lady Eagles continued with their advantage into the fourth quarter, as they continued to mix and match several different lineup combinations.

Shaffer went down hard in the paint early in the quarter, and Coggins quickly pulled her from the game.

“We can’t lose any more players,” Coggins said. “Cocke County’s had bad luck and so have we. Neither team can afford to lose anymore.”

The Lady Eagles host Oneida tonight at 6:30 p.m. and Pigeon Forge on Monday, also at 6:30 p.m.

“That’s two of our six losses,” Coggins said. “We’re still just so rusty. I’m worried about (Saturday). I mean you can play against your team every day, but when you compete against each other it gets old. You need to be rewarded and get to play. Hopefully this weather’s over and we can finish out the season.”

COSBY (64): Bethanie Williams 14, Lexiey Williams 10, Sarah Conard 7, Charley Barger 6, Destianee Hall 5, Kristan Coggins 4, Dessie Shaffer 4, Kaitlyn Weeks 4, Sydni Johnson 3, Jade Baxter 3, Cheyenne Kelly 2, Brooke Schreder 2

HANCOCK COUNTY (26): Lakin Sexton 20, Allison Hopkins 4, Mackenzie Johnson 2.

3-Point FG: HC (0) C (6) B. Williams 2, Barger 2, Hall, Baxter. 

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