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LaFollette girls see bright future

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By Dwane Wilder

There was both good news and bad news last week for the LaFollette Middle School girl’s basketball program.

First, the bad news: The varsity Lady Owls (4-3 overall) suffered a 36-32 setback to conference rival Oak Ridge-Robertsville. Kendra King and Faith Evans led the scoring for LaFollette with eight points each, followed by Marie Roach with seven, Summer Daniels six and Chelsey Finkenbine three. Kaci Mitchell paced the winners with 17. Now, the good news: LaFollette’s junior varsity team won back-to-back games against Oneida and Elk Valley to improve its record to a perfect 8-0 overall.

“Turnovers killed us (against Robertsville),” said Lady Owls coach Marsha Morton.

“You can’t turn the ball over 29 times and win. We have also got to rebound better. We gave up five points in the first quarter by not boxing out. These are just simply things we need to fix.

“(The jayvee) have played well this week. Our bench played well against Elk Valley. We shot the ball real well and got a lot of easy shots on the fast break.”

LaFollette defeated Oneida, 38-19, with King scoring 11 points. Amber Guy chipped in eight, followed by Sissy Bailey and Evans six each, Katie Hamblin five.

Justice Sharpe led Oneida with 10 points.

The Lady Owls defeated Elk Valley by a final score of 49-12. All nine players scored for LaFollette led by Guy with 10 points.

King had seven, followed by Rachel Heatherly, Kassie Kibbler and Bailey with six each; Hamblin, Adriona Sammons and Evans four each; and Ashley Whited two.

Natasha Taylor and Brittany Vaughn carried Elk Valley with six and five points, respectively.