Cougars continue winning streak

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By Dwane Wilder

Equaling its longest such streak this season, the Campbell County High School boy’s basketball team clobbered District 3-AAA foe Powell, 64-46, Tuesday night for a fourth consecutive victory.

Senior forward Zach Norman continued his torrid scoring pace with 19 points to lead the Cougars, who improved their record to 6-5 in league play and 12-8 overall heading into another huge district showdown tomorrow (Fri.) night at Oak Ridge.

Sharpshooter Chris Poteet is also back on track after being sidelined earlier this season with a nagging ankle injury. The 6-foot-2 senior guard is scoring well into double figures again and had 17 points and a trio of three-pointers Tuesday night to compliment Norman’s post game.

“Physically, we’re in the best shape we’ve been in all season,” said Campbell County coach Barry Jones.

“We’re understanding our roles and what our bread-and-butter is. Effort has never been our problem, it’s been execution.”

And the Cougars have rarely done a better job of executing plays than during their current winning streak.

Campbell County made basketball look easy in Tuesday’s game against Powell. Though the game was close at times, the Cougars never trailed and took a 14-point lead to the fourth quarter where they led by as many as 22.

Poteet finished off the Panthers with nine points in the final period.

Senior point guard Troy Arnold contributed eight points to the cause, followed by Cody Malicoat with seven, Sean Ward six, Cody Suttles three, Justin Young and Chad Wagers two each.

Andrew Hanson paced the Panthers with 13 points and a pair of treys.

Arguably the most impressive victory for the Cougars during the past week was a 71-59 upset Monday night of host Morristown East, a team unbeaten (7-0) in District 2-AAA, 15-4 overall and flirting with a state top 10 ranking.

Norman led the charge with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Arnold chipped in 15 points, four assists and three steals for Campbell County. Poteet had 12 points and four assists; while Ward had seven points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Young and Malicoat each scored six points, Lucas Nelson five and Suttles four.

Young led the team in assists with five.

The Cougars led 33-26 at intermission. Austin Gardner led all scorers with 21 points for the Hurricanes.

Campbell County set the tone for the week with a season high total for points during an 83-40 triumph Friday night at Hardin Valley Academy.

The Cougars got a combined 51 points from their big men. Norman pumped in 21 points, followed by Poteet with 19, Suttles 18, Ward 12, Wagers six, Young five and Nelson two.

Arnold dished out a whopping 12 assists while Young had eight. Suttles pulled down a dozen rebounds.

Dominic Ratliff paced Hardin Valley with 13 points.