It was a wild start to the high school basketball season Tuesday night at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.
Host Campbell County blew an early 19-point lead during an 86-82 overtime loss to the Morristown West boys. Sophomore forward Cody Malicoat powered in 25 points and pulled down 13 rebounds but couldn’t save the Cougars down the stretch. He and senior center Sean Chapman fouled out in overtime.
Nick Litton was the only other Campbell County to score in double figures. He had 11 points.
Cougars’ coach Barry Jones substituted liberally throughout the contest. Eleven of Campbell County’s 12 players saw action during the contest, and 10 of them scored.
Campbell County built a 19-point lead early in the second quarter before letting the Trojans back in the game. By halftime, the Cougars led by only three points, 46-43.
Morristown West rallied in the third quarter to take its first lead of the game, 51-50. Jordan Kindred got it back for the Cougars with a three-pointer.
The game was tied once before Campbell County went on another run to build a five-point advantage, 62-57, headed to the fourth quarter.
The Trojans sent the game into overtime tied 77-77 when they scored on a layup with 7.5 seconds left in regulation. Morristown West missed a bushel of layups late in the game but scored when it needed to. The Trojans took the lead at 82-81 and never relinquished it. Campbell County got within 83-82 on a free throw by Matt Miller.
Anthony Sanders ended up with a game-high 27 points for the Trojans. Elliott Stone added 20 for Morristown West.
Also scoring for Campbell County was Ethan Simpson, Chapman, Cory Poteet and Dylan Stanfield with eight points each; Miller with seven; Brandon Lee three; Tyler Chapman and Kindred two each.
Malicoat scored eight of his points during the fourth quarter and overtime.
The Cougars were awarded 40 free throws, but made only 63 percent (25) of them.
Campbell County also lost the girl’s game, 69-37. Sidney Goins scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the first half for Morristown West. Taylor Hall, the Lady Trojans’ top player, chipped in 15 points.
Senior guard Jessica Moore, who signed earlier in the day with NCAA Division I Campbell University, led the Lady Cougars with 10 points and a pair of 3-pointers.
Courtney Morris contributed nine points to Campbell County’s attack, followed by Candice Seiber with eight, Kristin Chapman seven, Shayla Goins two and Lindsay Evans one.
Morristown West took the Lady Cougars out of their game in the first half, as Chapman picked up three early fouls. Campbell County trailed 33-15 at halftime.
Campbell County will travel to Sevierville tomorrow (Fri.) night for a varsity doubleheader against Sevier County.