So far, the year 2010 has proven to be a good one for the Campbell County High School girl’s basketball team.
After their 67-39 dismantling of Karns last weekend, the Lady Cougars had won four of their last five games since being beaten by McMinn Central in the championship game of Kessler’s Lady Spartans Holiday Classic.
An added bonus was that all four victories came against District 3-AAA competition.
“Since Christmas, we’re 6 and 2,” said Campbell County coach Ryan Browning, whose team was 5-4 in league play and 11-8 overall heading into Tuesday night’s district showdown at Powell.
“I think we were 1 and 4 in the district at one time. We lost to two pretty good teams (McMinn Central and No.1 Morristown West). We shuffled the starting lineup the past two games. (Sophomore post) Maria (Foust) has helped with our defense.”
That focus on defense was quite evident during back-to-back wins over Hardin Valley, 59-42, Friday and Karns the following night.
The Lady Cougars avenged an earlier loss to Hardin Valley by holding the Lady Hawks to six fewer points than they scored during a 48-46 upset victory on Dec. 15. CCHS senior guard Jessica Moore led all scorers with 22 points while dishing out four assists and making three steals during the latest meeting of the two teams.
Candice Seiber chipped in 12 points for Campbell County, followed by Courtney Morris with nine, Amber Young six, Shayla Goins four, Foust and Kristin Chapman three each. Chapman led the Lady Cougars in rebounds (7) and steals (4). She was also credited with three assists.
“I knew we could outrun them,” said Browning.
“I think we scored 26 points in the first quarter and shot 60 percent in the first half. It was, by far, our best first half in two years. We shot the ball well, rebounded well, and only had seven or eight turnovers.
“It seemed like every time that Jessica (7 of 10 from inside the arc) drove, it went in. Over there, we didn’t play well, and they beat us in a close game.”
Jennifer Schilling and Lauren Trent paced Hardin Valley with 17 and 11 points, respectively.
On the following night, Campbell County beat Karns by 28 points with four players scoring in double figures. Moore led the charge with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and six free throws.
Seiber finished with 11 points, while Chapman and Lindsay Evans had 10 each. Goins just missed scoring in double digits with nine points, followed by Morris and Foust with four each, and Young three.
Karns (0-11 district, 1-14 overall) was led by three players — Shelby Smith, Tara Dalton and Whitney Benge — each with half a dozen points.
“We started off slow, but we came back in the second half and played well,” said Browning.
“We probably outrebounded Karns two to one. We really hit the boards hard.”
Chapman grabbed nine rebounds. Seiber, Goins and Foust had six each. Moore and Chapman shared the team lead with five steals each. Morris doled out a team-best five assists. Moore, Chapman, Goins and Evans each blocked a shot.
The Lady Cougars got their first double-digit lead, 24-13, in the second quarter. Campbell County held a 29-20 edge at halftime.