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CCHS senior Allison Ball put up 18 points, along with seven rebounds and three steals, in her final game in a Lady Red uniform in a 52-48 loss to Seymour in the District 2-AAA quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.
|Published: 2:30 PM, 02/15/2014
||Last updated: 2:36 PM, 02/15/2014
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
DANDRIDGEâ€”The Cocke County Lady Red couldnâ€™t overcome a
sluggish first quarter, and they fell in the quarterfinals of the District 2-AAA tournament to
Seymour on Friday, 52-48.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead and led 16-5 after a
quarter. It wasnâ€™t until the final few minutes that the Lady Red worked themselves back into the
game, as Seymour maintained a consistent double digit lead for the first three quarters.
Wester and Allison Ball each led Cocke County (15-15) with 18 points.
The loss ends Cocke
Countyâ€™s season, while Seymour (16-11) moves on to the semifinals to face off with top seed
Morristown West on Saturday. Tipoff of the semifinal game set for 6:30 p.m.
â€śThe slow start
was most definitely the difference in the game,â€ť Lady Red head coach Jeremy Byrd said. â€śWe came out
flat and werenâ€™t intense enough. They were, and they took advantage of our laziness. All of the
credit goes to (Seymour).
â€śI wish I could take back that pre-game and really get on them
because Iâ€™ve always heard that girls are going to perform when theyâ€™re happy. They were happy, so I
didnâ€™t want to break that little string. But if I could go back, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™d do. Iâ€™d make them
The slow start in the first continued throughout the second quarter, except
for senior Allison Ball, who caught fire during that eight minute stretch.
the quarter with eight points to spark a Cocke County run.
The Lady Red trailed by a 30-21
score at the half and trailed by as much as 13 points in the second quarter. Cocke County
continuously got out-hustled on the boards, and Seymour took full advantage.
The Lady Eagles
were also able to get out and run in transition, particularly in the first half, as Cocke County
failed to get back down the floor on numerous occasions.
â€ś(Rebounding) has been my message
all season long,â€ť Byrd said. â€śIt just never really quite sunk in like it needed to. Tonight it
really showed the lack of discipline that we had. I was really disappointed in
â€ś(Transition defense) is another message Iâ€™ve said to them all season long. We have
to get back on defense, get out in transition well and stop them. I still see girls jogging back
on defense and itâ€™s going to come up to bite you, no doubt about it. And it did.â€ť
County, which won the tournament last season, had chipped the lead to just seven with under a
minute to play in the period after a MaKayla Valentine three.
The Lady Red seemed primed
and ready to run a play at the end of the half to try and chip into the lead even more after a
missed Seymour shot, but Cocke County fired up a quick three with just under 20 seconds that
rimmed out, and the Lady Eagles scored in transition to stretch the lead back to nine at the
â€ś(Seymour) got their looks and took advantage of them,â€ť Byrd said. â€śAll of the credit
goes to them. They were ready to play and we werenâ€™t. They were physically ready to play and
mentally accepted coaching. That was basically the difference in the game.â€ť
quarter, Seymour continued to maintain their lead and held a 41-29 advantage after the
Cocke County came storming back in the final quarter as they went on a 10-2 run to
cut the lead to four. Wester capped the run with a layup at the 4:33 mark.
Allison) did well, especially late to pull us back into the game,â€ť Byrd said. â€śAnd I was really
proud of Sharina Cofield. Iâ€™ve been really proud of her for the last two years, but especially the
last five or six games because sheâ€™s really stepped up and assumed a leadership role and assumed a
role of scoring when she needs to. Iâ€™m really looking forward to seeing what sheâ€™s going to do
next season because I have a feeling itâ€™s going to be special.
Some big shots from the
field and the free throw line helped seal the deal for the Lady Eagles. They finished just under
87 percent from the line (13-of-15) for the game.
Cocke County cut the lead to three
points twice in the final minute, but the Lady Eagles free-throws kept the Lady Red at
SEYMOUR (52): Victoria Nelson 16, Lexi Justus 10, Hannah Schrimpsher 9, Cheyenne
King 9, Caroline Ford 4, Mariah Flynn 2, Camille Davis 2
COCKE COUNTY (48): Mika Wester 18,
Allison Ball 18, Hannah Miller 5, Sharina Cofield 3, MaKayla Valentine 3, Taylor Thornton
3-Point FG: CC (5) Ball 2, Cofield, Miller, Valentine. S (3): Schrimpsher, Justus,
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