Anderson girls hand Campbell first district loss

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By Dwane Wilder

Leave it to Anderson County to find a chink in Campbell County’s armor.

The host Lady Mavericks spoiled a perfect league record for the Lady Cougars’ district championship basketball team with a 57-47 upset victory Friday night.

Anderson County’s Cayla Oglesby led all scorers with 20 points, including nine of 11 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter. Kaitlyn Cupples and Maggie Smith chipped in 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Lady Mavericks.

Senior post player Maria Foust scored a team high 17 points on 55 percent shooting from the field for Campbell County (13-1 district, 19-6 overall) before fouling out with four minutes left.

Niki Ward finished with eight points for the Lady Cougars, followed by Courtney Morris and Courtney Miller with six each, and Kristin Chapman and Shayla Goins five each.

The Lady Cougars shot fairly well from 3-point range (6 of 15), but made only seven shots inside the arc. Morris, Miller and Ward each hit a pair of 3-pointers.

“We were trying to penetrate a little more to get their big people in foul trouble,” Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning said.

“It didn’t work, though.

“Our guards shot threes well, but they were one of 17 on two-pointers, which is terrible.

“I thought our timing was off early on loose balls, rebounds, lazy passes…things like that. We didn’t shoot free throws well. I thought Maria played well on the inside.

“Maybe this kind of game will help motivate us to keep working hard and remind us that everyone is going to try a little bit harder to try and beat us.”

Anderson County led most of the way. The Lady Mavericks were up 14-8 at the end of the first quarter and led by as many as many as 11 points in the second period before the Lady Cougars closed with a late run.

During the final minute of the first half, Foust made a layup, Ward hit a trey from the right wing and forced a turnover, and Goins converted a pair of free throws to get Campbell County within 23-21 at intermission.

Both teams had a three-point lead in the third quarter, but AC was up 33-32 going to the fourth quarter.

The Lady Mavericks stretched their lead to eight points early in the final period, but 3-pointers by Morris and Miller cut that in half.

It was a five-point game with 1:11 remaining. Then AC closed with a 5-0 run. 

Anderson County shot 68 percent (23 of 34) from the charity stripe.

Campbell County was coming off a 53-32 victory the previous Tuesday night at Knox Halls during which the Lady Cougars clinched the regular season district championship and top billing in the league tournament.

Miller paced Campbell County with 13 points, followed by Morris with 11, Amber Young eight, Goins seven, Chapman four, Ward and Foust three each, and Emily Byrge and Hannah Owens two each. 

Miller shot 75 percent (3 of 4) from 3-point range. Foust and Young combined for 15 of their team’s 29 rebounds. Chapman had four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Lady Cougars led 34-21 at halftime.

Haley Miller led Halls with nine points.

Campbell County will finish up its district slate with a road trip tonight (Thursday) to Knoxville Central.