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CCHS wins pivotal district games over Seymour

Published: 4:20 PM, 02/02/2014 Last updated: 4:24 PM, 02/02/2014

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Both Cocke County High School basketball teams picked up a crucial pair of District 2-AAA victories on Saturday night.

The Lady Red all but cemented their place in either fourth or fifth place in the district with a fourth quarter rally past the Lady Eagles of Seymour.

Cocke County trailed 39-31 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lady Red posted 25 points in the final eight minutes of the game to take a 56-51 win. Mika Wester led Cocke County with 21 points and Allison Ball added 16, with 12 coming in the fourth quarter.

Cocke County (13-13, 6-6 District 2-AAA) opened an early lead in the game, but Seymour (12-11, 5-6) came storming back for a 28-19 lead at halftime after limiting the Lady Red to five points in the second quarter.

Seymour appeared to be in control of the game through three quarters before they suffered a meltdown in the pivotal stages of the game.

Cocke County’s defensive effort allowed them to get back into the thick of things. Consecutive baskets by Wester and Sharina Cofield, off of defensive pressure pulled the Lady Red to within one-possession before Ball took over the game.

Ball picked up three pivotal steals in the fourth quarter, made two field goals and got to the free-throw line 12 times in the period.

Cocke County took the lead midway through the quarter and led by 48-44 with 3:25 to play. Seymour cut the lead to 49-47, but Ball added four straight free-throws with 2:03 to play that put the game on ice.

After missing a pair of free-throws, the Lady Red senior picked up her own offensive rebound and was fouled to get back to the line. Adding on a technical foul, gave her four free-throws which gave Cocke County a 53-47 lead.

In addition to Ball’s play down the stretch, junior Hannah Miller scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter.

Hannah Schrimpsher led Seymour with 16 points.

Pivtoal first half run, Varner's 22 fuels CCHS win

Trailing by nine points late in the first half, the Fighting Cocks turned up the intensity on both ends for the court.

Cocke County scored eight straight points in the final minute of the first half, part of an eventual 55-17 run over the game’s last 17 minutes, on their way to a commanding 76-47 win over Seymour.

With six days left in the regular season, the Fighting Cocks earned a pivotal home win that gives them a full one-game lead for third place in the district standings over Morristown West.

While the final margin of victory appeared commanding, the Big Red had to use their defense to claw their way back into the game. A pair of steals guided the run at the end of the half, and then that momentum carried over into the game’s second half.

Seymour (12-11, 5-6 District 2-AAA) scored nine points in the third quarter and had trouble scoring in the final period until the last 90 seconds of the game. Cocke County (15-10, 7-5) however had little trouble scoring, as they scored 21 points in the third quarter to break the game open.

Senior Jerick Varner, who led the team with 22 points, had nine in the third quarter, which allowed his team to open up a 50-39 score. Varner’s effort was fueled by nine made baskets in the final game of his home career.

Cocke County only continued to grow their lead in the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 32 points late in the game.

Dylan Dockery, honored before the game for scoring 1,000 points in his career, tossed in 16 for Cocke County and Hunter Suggs added 11. Matt Dupes led Seymour with 14 points.

CCHS returns to action with a road District 2-AAA tilt at Sevier County on Monday.

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