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Lady Owls, Eagles net rivalry victories

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By Dwane Wilder

It was more of the same from Jacksboro and LaFollette, which hooked up Thursday night for a rematch of their annual middle school basketball rivalry.

The Lady Owls defeated the Lady Eagles, 35-28, to complete a season sweep of their rivals. Rachel Harris came up big for LaFollette with 17 points. Niki Ward also scored in double figures with 11 points. Both had six rebounds.

Chelsea King made seven steals for LaFollette.

“Rachel had the best game of her middle school career,” said Lady Owls’ coach Marsha Morton.

“She just played fantastic. She has really stepped it up a notch. The whole team played well. We got off to a slow start but regrouped and got the job done.”

Whitney Williamson paced Jacksboro with 12 points, including a pair of treys, while Jamie Mynatt chipped in eight points.

The Lady Eagles built a 15-4 lead in the opening quarter. However, by halftime, the Lady Owls had closed to within one, 17-16.

LaFollette’s defense clamped down in the second half and limited Jacksboro to a single point during the third quarter, when point guard Whitney Sawyer was in foul trouble.

Jacksboro won the boy’s game, 31-26, to complete a season sweep and improve their record to 10-7 heading into the Area 2 Tournament.

Skylar Williams carried the Eagles with 12 points, but it was Ethan Miller who made the play of the game.

Miller, who finished with five points on the night, completed an old-fashioned three-point play after driving in for a layup during the fourth quarter. Miller’s basket and subsequent free throw put Jacksboro up by six points.

The game had been tied, 19-19, at the end of the third quarter.

Also scoring for the Eagles was Jordan Kindred with six points, Ethan Simpson and Brandon Long with three each.

Owls’ point guard Corey Poteet led all scorers with 14 points. Isaac Phillips added 12 points for the Owls.

LaFollette’s girls won the junior varsity game, 33-19, with Marie Roach and Amber Guy scoring 10 points each. Williamson led Jacksboro with 10 points.

Ward sets record

LaFollette’s Niki Ward set a new school record Friday night with six 3-pointers in a 40-20 rout of Oneida. Ward led all scorers with 20 points. Courtney Williams held the previous record with five treys.