Campbell County High School’s varsity basketball teams began the new year on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The boy’s team won its last two games while the girls lost two in a row.
Both teams wrapped up play in the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic on Tuesday at Knoxville Catholic.
The Cougars crushed Southeast Whitfield (Ga.) by 31 points, 57-26. Senior forward Zach Norman led nine Campbell County players into the scoring column with 12 points.
Chris Poteet chipped in 10 points, followed by Cody Suttles and Lucas Nelson with nine each, Sean Ward seven, Justin Young six, Cody Malicoat two, Garrett Reese and Kolby Poteet one each.
Stat leaders for the Cougars were Suttles with eight rebounds, including seven on the defensive end of the court; Arnold with eight assists; Poteet with four steals and Ward with two blocked shots.
Campbell County led 32-11 at halftime.
“Troy, Justin and Norman are playing as well, if not better than they did last summer,” said Cougars’ coach Barry Jones.
“We just came out and imposed our will on (Southeast Whitfield). We went strictly man-to-man, nothing fancy, and got to play a lot of people in the second half.”
Three nights later, the Cougars made it two in a row with a hard-fought 54-46 victory over visiting Oneida.
Norman powered in 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Poteet added 10 points, followed by Young with nine, Malicoat eight, Arnold four; Ward, Suttles and Nelson two each.
Arnold dished out five assists and made four steals to lead his team in those two categories. Ward, Suttles and Malicoat each blocked a shot.
The game was deadlocked in the fourth quarter before Campbell County pulled out to an eight-point margin down the stretch.
“Teams are zoning us because they don’t respect our outside shooting,” said Jones.
“Our season and how far we go in the (postseason) tournament is going to depend on our shooting.”
Campbell County’s girls faced similar issues in their two games last week but weren’t able to overcome them.
The Lady Cougars fell 68-54 to Seymour last Tuesday in the Pilot Food Mart Winter Classic and continued to struggle in a 63-56 home loss Friday night to Oneida.
Jessica Moore led Campbell County with 20 points, five assists and four steals against Seymour. Candice Seiber added 12 points and seven rebounds, followed by Kristin Chapman with seven points, Megan Chapman five points, Lindsay Evans four points; Courtney Morris, Maria Foust and Shayla Goins two points each.
Ashleigh Elliott scored 20 of her game-high 26 points in the second half to lead Seymour. Christina Slay, sister of former University of Tennessee basketball star Ron Slay, scored eight points for Seymour.
Against Oneida, the Lady Cougars trailed by 14 points before rallying to get within two.
Moore led the way with 14 points, followed by Morris with 10, Seiber eight, Evans and Kristin Chapman six each, Goins and Megan Chapman five each, and Foust two.
Stat leaders for Campbell County were Megan Chapman with 11 rebounds, Seiber four steals, Moore with three assists, Seiber and Megan Chapman one block each.
“We didn’t shoot the ball real well against Oneida,” said Lady Cougars coach Ryan Browning.
“I think we used all our energy to get back in it.”