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Lady Cougars stumble at Morristown West

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By Dwane Wilder

Two nights after opening the season with a 21-point win over Claiborne County, the Campbell County High School girl’s basketball team found itself on the other end of the same margin during Thursday’s game at Morristown West.

Despite leading at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Cougars eventually fell, 75-54, to the talented Lady Trojans.

Junior wing Jessica Moore paced Campbell County with 22 points. Candice Seiber chipped in nine points for the Lady Cougars, followed by Megan Chapman, Lindsay Evans and Courtney Morris with six each; Shayla Goins four; and Kristin Chapman one.

Taylor Hall, a transfer from Claiborne County, led all scorers with 29 points, including a trio of three-pointers, for Morristown West. Kelley Smith and Sidney Goins added 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Lady Trojans.

“It was a good learning experience playing a team that talented,” said Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning.

“We knew we were going to have to fight and scratch. Of course, any time you have 15 shot attempts and 16 turnovers in a half (first), you’re not going to be very successful.”

Campbell County led 8-7 at the first quarter break, but Morristown West went on a 27-9 second quarter run to take a 17-point halftime advantage.

By the end of the third quarter, the Lady Trojans had increased their lead to 20 points, 54-34.

“I’m not very pleased with our rebounding,” said Browning.

“But part of the problem was that they didn’t miss anything. I thought we competed well in the second half.”

The Lady Cougars will try and rebound from the loss next week (Dec. 2) at Clinton.