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Cold shooting plagues Cougars

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County’s shooting woes continued Friday night at Knoxville West.

The Cougars made only 35 percent of their field goal attempts during a 61-58 loss to the Rebels in a key District 3-AAA boy’s varsity basketball game.

Seniors Zach Norman and Chris Poteet led all scorers with 17 points each and combined for 14 rebounds but didn’t get a lot of help. Five of their CCHS teammates combined to score the other 24 points. Justin Young, Troy Arnold and Cody Malicoat each tallied six points while Sean Ward had five and Lucas Nelson one.

The Cougars, who won their first three district games this season, dropped to 3-3 in league play and 8-6 overall with their latest setback.

Campbell County came out strong by scoring the first eight points of the game and keeping the Rebels off the scoreboard until the 3:44 mark of the opening quarter. West fought back to cut a 10-point deficit to five, 14-9, headed to the second quarter.

The Rebels pulled ahead by one on two occasions in the second quarter. However, Norman got the lead back twice for the Cougars in the closing minutes of the first half and put back a teammate’s missed layup just before the halftime buzzer to send both teams to the locker room deadlocked at 24-24.

Ward drained a three-pointer from the top of the key in the third quarter to give Campbell County its last lead, 32-31. From there, West went on a 12-2 run to take a nine-point advantage. A pair of vicious dunks by JuJuan Williams sparked the Rebels’ third-quarter rally. He finished with 11 points, all in the second half.

Jerrel Davis led West with 12 points.

The Rebels helped themselves by converting 15 of 21 free throw attempts. Phillip Stanford came up big in the fourth quarter where he hit all four of his foul shots.

Lady Cougars struggle

In the girl’s varsity game, West took the lead late in the opening quarter and was threatened only once after that during a 60-42 victory over the Lady Cougars.

Deshea Bailey led all scorers with 20 points, including a quartet of three-pointers, for the Lady Rebels. Alexus Patterson chipped in 13 points for West while Ericka Lane had eight.

Megan Chapman was the only Campbell County scorer in double digits. She finished with 10 points, followed by Lindsey Evans with eight, Candice Seiber seven, Courtney Morris and Kristin Chapman five each, Jessica Moore three, Shayla Goins and Maria Foust two each.

Both teams were awarded 22 free throw attempts, however the Lady Cougars only made nine of theirs as opposed to 14 for the Lady Rebels.

Campbell County sliced a 14-point deficit to six late in the third quarter, but could get no closer. West led by as many as 21 points down the stretch.