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Lady Red pick up win at SCHS, Fighting Cocks blitzed in second half

Published: 3:52 PM, 02/04/2014 Last updated: 3:53 PM, 02/04/2014
 

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Needing victories to secure an opening round bye in next week’s District 2-AAA tournament, the Lady Red have found ways to win in the fourth quarter in their past two games.

Cocke County withstood a late rally attempt by Brittany Tarr and Sevier County and held on for a 53-51 win on Monday night, the second straight year the Lady Red took home a two-point road win in Sevierville.

The win comes two days after the Lady Red fought back from an eight-point deficit to topple Seymour by a 56-51 score. Those wins give the Lady Red a one-game lead over Seymour for fourth place in the district standings.

Cocke County needs a win over South Doyle on Friday and a Seymour loss to South Doyle or Sevier County to clinch fourth place in the league and earn an opening round bye to the quarterfinals
Sevier County, which fell behind 23-17 at halftime, tried to play catchup in the second half, as they scored 34 points in the second half, but were unable to retake the lead.

Tarr, the Bearettes’ leading scorer, tossed in 15 of her game-high 21 in the second half.
However the Lady Red (14-13, 7-6 District 2-AAA) had an answer for every Sevier County (17-8, 8-4) score in the fourth quarter.

Allison Ball and Mika Wester combined for 11 of their team’s 14 points in the final eight minutes to hold on for the win, after leading by as many as six with just over three minutes to play.

Ball hit four free-throws in the period, part of a 9-of-14 night at the line, while Wester scored seven points. In the first half, Wester was limited to just four points, before exploding on offense in the game’s final two periods.

Cocke County junior Hannah Miller also scored in double figures for the Lady Red, as she drained a trio of 3-pointers.

COCKE COUNTY (53): Mika Wester 18, Allison Ball 14, Hannah Miller 11, Kinsley Ford 7, Delessa Stewart 2, Sharina Cofield 1.

SEVIER COUNTY (51): Brittany Tarr 21, Katlyn Davis 12, Brooklyn Fox 8, Olivia Maples 6, Rachel Cole 4.

Fighting Cocks blitzed in second half

After finding themselves within striking distance of second place Sevier County in Monday night’s District 2-AAA tilt, the Fighting Cocks were blitzed in the second half.

Cocke County was limited to just three field goals and held to 14 points, as the Smoky Bears opened up a 35-29 lead at the break and routed the Fighting Cocks 63-43.

The win clinches second place and a two-round bye for Sevier County into the district tournament semifinals next week. Cocke County now holds a one-game lead over Morristown West for third place in the standings, with three nights of regular season play remaining.

The two teams played almost evenly throughout the first half, despite Sevier County (17-8, 9-3
District 2-AAA) leading most of the way. Both teams hit a trio of three-point shots in the first quarter and the Bears led 21-15.

Hunter Suggs, the Fighting Cocks’ leading scorer, knocked down two for his team, while Trent Pope hit two for Sevier County.

Ben Conard and Kordell Stewart kept CCHS (15-11, 7-6) in striking distance with their second quarter play, allowing the Big Red to trail just by six points at halftime.

It would be as close as they would come the rest of the night.

Jacob Whaley scored 10 of his game-high 19 in the second half for Sevier County, and Pope scored eight in the half as well.

Cocke County meanwhile struggled to score, outside of Suggs, who hit another pair of 3-pointers. The other lone field goal of the half for the Big Red came from Dylan Dockery. Dockery, the team’s leading scorer, was limited to just eight points on the night.

SEVIER COUNTY (63): Jacob Whaley 19, Trent Pope 16, Cody Underwood 10, Jesse Adams 7, Bailey Field 4, Jake Grosser 3, Justin Barnett 2, Zach Linginfeller 2.

COCKE COUNTY (43): Hunter Suggs 12, Dylan Dockery 8, Jerick Varner 7, Ben Conard 6, Kordell Stewart 5, Jake Lindsay 3, John Epperson 2.


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