Campbell County’s girls looked for all the world like they were going to lose Tuesday night’s District 3-AAA high school basketball game to visiting Powell.
Trailing 51-38 early in the fourth quarter, the Lady Cougars managed to regain their composure and work their way back into contention with a 12-0 run.
With a couple of big plays down the stretch from freshman Maria Foust, Campbell County won 55-53 to improve its record to 6-5 in league play and 10-9 overall.
Junior guard Jessica Moore led all scorers with 22 points, including three treys and 7-of-8 free throws. Candice Seiber chipped in 13 points for the Lady Cougars, followed by Foust with eight, Lindsay Evans and Courtney Morris five each, and Kristin Chapman two.
“Jessica gave it her all,” said Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning.
“She was worn out at the end. We tried to stay man-to-man the whole game, which was not easy for us. But Maria stepped up big and gave us some good minutes.
It was Foust who scored the winning points on a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left after being fouled trying to put back a missed shot. Foust then made a key defensive stop at the other end of the court to keep the Lady Panthers from getting a clean look at the basket for a final shot.
Campbell County really helped its cause with a 15-of-18 effort at the free throw line.
Torey Hyder was Powell’s top scorer with 13 points.
The previous night, the Lady Cougars suffered a disappointing 64-51 loss at Morristown East that put an end to their four-game winning streak.
Moore carried Campbell County with 21 points and four treys.
Shayla Goins finished with 10 points for the Lady Cougars, followed by Megan Chapman and Morris with five each; Foust four; Evans, Courtney Miller and Kristin Chapman two each.
Kayla Orrick of Morristown East shared game scoring honors with Moore.
Late last week, Campbell County took a 12-point halftime lead against district newcomer Hardin Valley Academy but had trouble holding onto the ball during the second half.
The Lady Cougars scratched out a 47-36 victory that was anything but easy.
Seiber led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Evans with 12, Megan Chapman nine, Moore six, Kristin Chapman four, and Morris two.
Campbell County hurt its chances by missing over half its free throws (10-of-21).
Jennifer Schilling scored 13 points to lead Hardin Valley.
The Lady Cougars are in the middle of the pack with five district games left, including a tough one tomorrow (Fri.) night at league frontrunner Oak Ridge.
“If we can beat West (on Feb. 6), we can sneak into that fourth (place) spot,” said Browning.