Beating District 3-AAA girl’s basketball powers Oak Ridge and Powell would normally be cause for a generous round of high-fives for the Campbell County High School Lady Cougars.
Beating them both in the same week is like opening Christmas presents two weeks before anyone else.
The Lady Cougars (3-0 district, 6-3 overall) are tied with Hardin Valley for the league lead following their 55-50 upset Friday night of visiting Oak Ridge. Two nights earlier, Campbell County had knocked Powell off its pedestal with a 53-46 overtime victory on the road.
“Looking back in the past, beating Oak Ridge and Powell in the same week, that’s something to say,” said Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning.
“It really helps our confidence going into the Hardin Valley game (on Wednesday).”
Since a loss to Maryville at the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic, the Lady Cougars have won 5 of their last 6 games. Courtney Morris, who has been a dynamo at point guard, torched Powell for 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers; and made 5 assists and 5 steals. Kristin Chapman contributed 10 points, followed by Courtney Miller with 8, Shayla Goins 6; Maria Foust and Amber Young 4 each; Chelsea King and Niki Ward 2 each.
Young raked down a team-high 10 rebounds, and Miller made 3 steals.
Torey Hyder and Shea Coker paced the Lady Panthers with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
Against Oak Ridge, Goins set the pace by scoring 13 points, all in the second half, and making 5 of 6 charity tosses. Miller chipped in 10 points, followed by Morris and Foust with 8 each, Chapman 7, Samantha Leach 5, Young and Hannah Owens 2 each.
The Lady Cougars helped their cause by making 10 of 14 foul shots. It was Campbell County’s first win over Oak Ridge (3-1 district, 5-3 overall) since 2004.
The game was tied three times during the opening quarter before the Lady Cougars pulled ahead, 16-9, in the second. Oak Ridge went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Leach tied it 23-23 with a 3-pointer from the right wing, but the Lady Wildcats eased back in front, 29-23, at halftime.
Post player Armeka Booker, who led all scorers with 22 points, had a big second quarter for Oak Ridge with 8 points.
Foust tied the game again, 35-35, when she hit a free throw at the end of the third quarter.
Miller bombed in a trey from the right wing late in the fourth to create a 46-46 deadlock, then gave Campbell County a 49-48 lead with a 3-pointer from nearly the same spot on the floor.
Foust made a big basket down the stretch, while Morris and Goins made their foul shots. Chapman blocked a shot in the closing seconds to help seal the deal.
When all the dust had cleared, the Lady Cougars had managed to survive a 12-point fourth quarter blitz by Booker.
“This team has been in a couple of overtime games and a couple of close games,” said Browning.
“They battled hard and didn’t get too uptight when Oak Ridge got the lead at halftime.”