Lady Cougars pick up first win in Thanksgiving tourney

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By Dwane Wilder


OLIVER SPRINGS—Playing her second basketball game after being released from the TSSAA transfer rule, Campbell County High School senior Hannah Owens led the Lady Cougars to their first victory of the season last Saturday at the Oliver Springs Thanksgiving Classic.
Owens, a St. Catharine’s (Ky.) College-signee, scored 13 points to carry Campbell County past Sweetwater, 51-40. She also had six rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
The win improved the Lady Cougars’ record to 1-4 overall.
“She gave us good minutes but was in foul trouble though,” said Campbell County coach Ryan Browning.
“Amber Guy and Michaela Smith played well off bench. It’s nice to get a win after playing a couple of close games and coming out on the short end. We played good team defense and caused a lot of turnovers, but we couldn’t ever get a good roll. That helped Sweetwater keep it closer than it should have been.”
Jamie Mynatt and Amber Guy chipped in 10 points each for Campbell County, followed by Kendra King with seven, Michaela Smith six, Chelsey Finkenbine three and Whitney Sawyer two.
Mynatt also made a team-high six steals, while Guy had a team-best two blocked shots.
The game was tied 8-8 at the end of the first quarter and 22-22 at intermission. Campbell County took the lead in the third quarter and maintained it throughout the second half.
The previous afternoon, Owens made her season debut after sitting out the required amount of time because of her transfer from the J. Frank White Academy of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. She and Mynatt led the Lady Cougars with 10 points each in a 65-46 loss to Stone Memorial from Crossville.
Finkenbine and Smith added six each, followed by Bane and Caudill five each, Sawyer three and Guy one. Jacki Livesay paced Stone Memorial with 12 points.
Campbell County fell behind early and trailed 37-18 at halftime.