Author: Seth Butler Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORTâ€”After nine days off, the Cocke County Elementary Tournament resumed on Thursday evening with the eventâ€™s four remaining quarterfinals.
Most of Thursdayâ€™s action saw the higher seeds off and running to the semifinals with ease, with the exception of the No. 3 Edgemont Panthers who had to hold off a big night from No. 6 Smoky Mountainâ€™s Ty Way and the Bears.
The two teams battled back and forth before Edgemont finally was able to prevail 41-37 in overtime over Smoky Mountain, despite Wayâ€™s 25-point effort.
Edgemont jumped out to an early first half lead, taking a 17-13 advantage into the break. However, Smoky Mountain was able to rally in the second half as Way carried the Bears on his back for most of the night. He scored 16 of Smoky Mountainâ€™s 22 points in the third and fourth quarters.
Way scored nine in the fourth quarter alone, as he led his team back from a 25-23 deficit entering the period. JR Gorrell scored six points in the second half for the Panthers, who were able to hold off the Bears long enough to get to overtime.
In the extra period, Edgemont held Smoky Mountain without a field goal to survive and advance to Fridayâ€™s semifinals.
The Parrottsville Lady Parrotts built an early advantage and used that cushion late as they held off a rally attempt by Grassy Fork in Thursdayâ€™s opening game to win 31-21.
Parrottsville blanked the Lady Ravens in the opening period on their way to holding a 12-5 lead at halftime. Grassy Forkâ€™s Megan Miller scored all five of her teamâ€™s first half points, as Parrottsville held the Lady Ravens to just one field goal over the first 12 minutes of the game.
Parrottsville continued to open up their lead in the third period, as they increased their advantage to 15 points. Alexus Watts and Amelia Studebaker, the Lady Parrottsâ€™ leading scorers, both hit a pair of baskets in the third period, while Shalia Crabtree drained a 3-pointer.
Grassy Fork however came roaring back in the final quarter, cutting the lead to five at one point, as they turned up the pressure.
Parrottsville was limited to just a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter, while Grassy Fork finally found offensive success. Miller and Alexis Sumrall both had a pair of baskets in the quarter, but Parrottsville was able to hold on for the win to advance to the semifinal round.
A pivotal second quarter helped give Edgemont a meeting with No. 2 Bridgeport in the semifinals. Edgemont outscored Smoky Mountain 18-4 over the second period, as they opened up what was an 11-7 game, en route to the 51-23 decision.
Three different players for the Lady Panthers scored in double figures, led by Khrystena Nortonâ€™s 17-point night and Jaden Stewartâ€™s 16 points. The duo played key roles in Edgemontâ€™s second quarter, as they combined to score 12 of the teamâ€™s 18 points, helping their team take a 29-11 lead at halftime.
Smoky Mountain was held to just a pair of baskets over that same second quarter span.
Smoky Mountain got a trio of 3-pointers in the third period, with two from leading scorer Courtney Blevins, but the damage was already done. Stewart scored nine more points for Edgemont in the third quarter, as her team held a commanding 43-21 lead into the final period.
EDGEMONT (51): Khrystena Norton 17, Jaden Stewart 16, Amber Norton 12, Taylor Kirk 2, Haylee Ray 2, Camryn Halcomb 2.
Centerview had a hot start to their quarterfinal contest with Cosby as they sought to give the tournament its first upset, but they ran out of steam after the opening quarter.
The Eagles led just 18-15 after a period of play, however, Cosby outscored the Falcons 38-15 for the remainder of the night to take a 56-30 win to move on to Friday nightâ€™s semifinal round.
Cosbyâ€™s offensive ability was matched early, as Centerview hit four three-point shots in the opening period. Colt Tolliver, who led the Falcons with 14 points, drained three of those shots in the first quarter. Centerview however went cold and did not hit another 3-pointer all night.
After the Falcons went cold, the Eagles kept heating up. Andrew Swann went on a rampage in the second an third periods offensively. Swann, who scored a game-high 23 points, had 13 alone in the second period as the Eagles went into the locker room up 37-17.
Swann, along with Ryan Guy, kept up the pace in the third quarter. Guy, who finished the night with 17 points, had eight in the opening period of the second half and Swann tossed in three more baskets, as they combined for all but three of the Eaglesâ€™ 17 points.
After their hot start offensively, Centerview was held in check by Cosby - scoring just seven field goals over the remaining 18 minutes of the game. The Falcons had five alone in the opening quarter.
COSBY (56): Andrew Swann 23, Ryan Guy 17, Seth Arrowood 7, Jacob Carpenter 4, Trey Johnson 3, Chase Williamson 2.
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