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Little consolation for Lady Cougars; Bearden up next

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By Dwane Wilder

Playing Clinton on its home court Tuesday night proved to be too much of a disadvantage for the Campbell County High School girl’s basketball team to overcome.

The Lady Cougars fell 64-56 to the Lady Dragons in the consolation game of the District 3-AAA Tournament.

Both teams will hit the road tomorrow (Fri.) night for opening round elimination games in the Region 2-AAA Tournament. The Lady Cougars will play at Bearden at 7 p.m.

Jessica Moore’s 20 points carried Campbell County (14-14 overall). The junior guard scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, in the first half alone.

Clinton broke a 17-17 deadlock to take a 28-26 edge at halftime. The Lady Dragons led most of the second half, but never by more than 11 points. The Lady Cougars got within two points twice down the stretch before running out of steam.

Amber Taylor led all scorers with 22 points for Clinton, followed by Lailah Farmer with 17 and Cody Houck 16.

Also scoring for Campbell County was Megan Chapman with nine points, Candice Seiber with eight, Kristin Chapman seven, Maria Foust six, Lindsay Evans and Courtney Morris three each.

A 66-50 loss to top-seeded Oak Ridge during Saturday’s semifinal round cost Campbell County a trip to the district finals.

Moore paced the Lady Cougars with 17 points, 15 of which she scored in the second half. Morris chipped in 12 points and five steals, followed by Kristin Chapman with seven points, Seiber six points, Megan Chapman and Foust four points each.

Kortni Jones and Raegan Thompson paced the state-ranked Lady Wildcats with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

“We really tried to push the ball inside, but they cheated down on us and didn‘t let Candice get many touches,” said Campbell County coach Ryan Browning.

The tournament began with so much promise for the Lady Cougars when they upset Knoxville West, a team they had been swept by during the regular season.

West came into Thursday night’s first-round game seeded one spot higher (4th) but was sent home for the season with a 59-44 loss.

Seiber had a big night with a game-high 20 points, 13 of which came in the second half.

The Lady Cougars really helped themselves out by making 25-of-36 free throw attempts.

Moore contributed 10 points to the cause, followed by Megan Chapman with seven; Foust, Morris and Kristin Chapman six each, Evans and Goins two each.

“We got out (to the lead) early and got them in foul trouble,” said Browning.

“We got Candice involved early. We knew we could play with them. It was just a matter of going out and doing it.”

Erika Lane scored 19 points for West before fouling out. The Lady Rebels also lost standouts DaShira Buley and Alexus Patterson to foul trouble.

Campbell County led from the outset and held an 11-point advantage with 1:08 left in the first half before Lane hit two baskets to trim the West deficit to 28-21 at intermission.

The Lady Rebels within two points twice during the third quarter and once early in the fourth before the Lady Cougars relied on their free throw shooting to salt away the game.