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Campbell Co. girls defeat Halls for 3rd place

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Chapman makes 14 of 16 foul shots as Lady Cougars avenge earlier losses

By Dwane Wilder

 Kristin Chapman scored 20 of her game-high 22 points in the second half Monday night at Karns to lift the Campbell County High School girl’s basketball team to a 60-53 victory over Knox Halls in the girl’s consolation game of the District 3-AAA Tournament.

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The win avenged a pair of regular season losses to the Lady Red Devils, who were seeded second coming into the tournament. Both teams will open regional play tomorrow (Fri.) night on the road. Campbell County will play at Farragut.

Seeded fourth, the Lady Cougars (18-10 overall) came from behind in the second quarter of the tournament game to take a 24-22 halftime lead.

Free throw shooting proved to be pivotal in the outcome. Campbell County, led by Chapman’s 14-of-16 effort, shot an incredible 81 percent (30-of-37) from the charity stripe. 

The Lady Cougars made 18 of 22 foul shots during the fourth quarter to hold their lead. Junior point guard Courtney Morris hit 7 of 8 free throws over the final eight minutes and finished with 12 points for Campbell County.

Shayla Goins contributed 10 points, followed by Amber Young with 8, Courtney Miller 6 and Hannah Owens 2. Young, a post player, banked in a shot at the first-quarter buzzer to get the Lady Cougars within 13-12.

Campbell County tailored its defense to neutralize Lady Red Devils star point guard Sydney Carden, who torched the Lady Cougars with 29 points in their first meeting this year.

Cayla Varner and Kelsie Bennett paced Halls with 15 and 12 points, respectively. The Lady Red Devils hit 10 of 12 foul shots during the game.

Two nights earlier, Campbell County fell 53-43 to No. 1 seed Oak Ridge in the semifinals.

Goins led the Lady Cougars with 15 points, followed by Young with 8, Chapman 6, Morris and Samantha Leach 5 each, Hannah Owens and Miller 2 each.

Campbell County made a valiant comeback attempt after spotting Oak Ridge an early 14-5 lead, but could not stop star post player Armeka Booker in the second half.

Booker, a Mars Hill College recruit, scored 17 of her game-high 21 points during the final two quarters. Jessica Palmer and Whitney Mitchell chipped in 17 and 11 points, respectively.