|Published: 9:59 AM, 02/19/2014
||Last updated: 10:00 AM, 02/19/2014
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
RUTLEDGE—It's back to the championship for the Cosby High School basketball teams.
The Cosby Eagles and Lady Eagles clinched berths in tonight's District 2-A basketball championship games with dominating efforts in Tuesday night's semifinals at Grainger High School.
The Lady Eagles will take on No. 3 Washburn for the girls' championship at 7 p.m., while the Eagles meet up with old rival No. 2 Hancock County in the boys' finals at 8:30 p.m.
Lady Eagles roll to title game
In the opening game, the No. 1 Lady Eagles cruised past No. 4 Berean Christian 69-17. Cosby outscored Berean Christian 33-0 in the opening period of the game on their way to leading 46-9 at halftime.
Much of the opening blitz was led by junior Bethanie Williams, who scored 11 points in the game.
Cosby allowed just eight points in the second half and surrendered just five field goals in the entire game.
Williams, along with Kristan Coggins, led Cosby with 11 points each. Charley Barger tossed in nine and Dessie Shaffer added seven. Every player that dressed for the Lady Eagles scored in the semifinal win.
Eagles win never in question
A big early lead put any question of Tuesday's semifinal to rest on Tuesday.
The top-seeded Eagles jumped out to a 25-6 lead in the first quarter and held No. 4 Tennessee School for the Deaf to just five first half baskets en route to a 77-31 win. TSD defeated No. 5 Washburn on Monday night in the quarterfinal round.
The Eagles, paced by Derek Norris' 19-point night, led the game 44-13 at halftime.
Cosby's offense was efficient during the night, as they connected on 31-of-57 field goals, good for 54 percent shooting from the floor. The Eagles also recorded 17 assists on their 31 made baskets.
Cosby led the game 54-26 after the third quarter.
Twelve different players in uniform scored for the Eagles, in addition to Norris' 19 points. Jordan Self also scored 17 points for the Eagles.
Washburn girls, Hancock boys win
In the other two District 2-A semifinals, No. 3 Washburn took the rubber match with No. 2. Hancock County in the girls semifinal. The Lady Pirates took a 35-26 decision to advance to tonight's title game.
In the late game of the day, No. 2 Hancock County got past No. 3 Berean Christian in the boys semifinal game. No score was available for that game.
The tournament wraps up this afternoon with four games on tap at Grainger High School.
At 4 p.m., Hancock County and Berean Christian play in the girls' consolation round. At 5:30 p.m. Berean Christian and TSD play for the boys consolation game.
Championship play begins at 7 p.m.
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