With Tennessee high school basketball teams beginning district tournament play this week, Campbell County coach Ryan Browning said his girls are as ready for the postseason as they’re going to be.
The Lady Cougars roll into tonight’s (Thurs.) District 3-AAA opener at Oak Ridge as the No. 5 seed after thumping Knoxville Central last week, 50-34. They’ll play Knoxville West, the No. 4 seed, at 7:30 p.m. for the right to face league champion Oak Ridge on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Clinton.
The girl’s championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clinton.
“We played pretty good the first three quarters (Thursday night at Central),” said Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning.
“After we got that lead I was just hoping to get out there without getting anybody hurt.”
Post player Candice Seiber and guard Jessica Moore, both juniors, set the tone early by combining for 17 of their team’s 32 points in the first half.
Seiber scored seven points in the first quarter alone and tied Central’s Alicia Robinson for high scorer honors with 13 points.
Moore, who was selected to the all-district team earlier last week, got all eight of her points in the first half. She is averaging 15.5 points, four rebounds and just over two steals per game while shooting 74 percent from the free throw line.
Campbell County led 32-21 at intermission and doubled that margin to 22 points, 46-24, by the end of the third quarter.
Also scoring for the Lady Cougars was Megan Chapman with nine points, Kristin Chapman with six, Lindsay Evans and Courtney Morris four each, Shayla Goins and Maria Foust three each.
The Lady Cougars made 9-of-14 free throws during the contest.
Campbell County had beaten Central by only five points, 52-47, earlier this season.
“Defensively, we’ve been doing a pretty good job,” said Browning.
“Offensively, we just go through stretches where we have a good quarter and then a bad quarter. The potential (to advance in the tournament) is there if we can just play more consistent.”