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Varsity swept by Oak Ridge; CCHS jayvee, freshmen win

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By Dwane Wilder

If taken to heart, the old Greek proverb, “every dog has his day” would go a long way toward soothing the bruised ego of Campbell County High School varsity basketball teams, which were soundly swept Friday night by district rival Oak Ridge.

The Lady Cougars suffered the worst of the two defeats, 85-45, but stand to gain the most in the immediate future. Campbell County won the girl’s junior varsity game, 40-38, after having beaten the Lady Wildcats’ freshman team, 57-34, the previous night.

Things are definitely looking up for next season.

“They drilled us last year,” said Lady Cougars’ coach Ryan Browning.

“We only won one game between the jayvee and freshmen all of last season.”

Success has come easier this year for the CCHS freshman girls, who capped a perfect season (6-0) with the win over Oak Ridge.

Maria Foust led Campbell County’s freshmen with 19 points, followed by Shayla Goins with 10, Courtney Miller nine, Amber Young six, Leigh Shepherd five, Kendra Shepherd four, Kristin Chapman and Christina Goodman two each.

The next night, the jayvee team followed suit to improve its record to 6-3 on the season.

Miller led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Kersten Allen with seven, Lindsey Sharp and Amber Young six each, Leigh Shepherd three, Chapman two, Kendra Shepherd and Goins one each. Campbell County clinched the victory by sinking 7-of-12 free throws during the fourth quarter.

Later Friday night, the CCHS varsity team made a game of it in the first half and trailed the state’s fourth-ranked Class AAA team by 10 points just before halftime.

Oak Ridge came out running in the second half and gradually built its lead to 20, then 30 and later 40 points.

An injury to leading scorer Jessica Moore made a bad situation worse for Campbell County (6-6 district, 10-10 overall) down the stretch. Moore finished with 14 points after turning her left ankle during a drive to the basket midway through the third quarter.

Candice Seiber chipped in 13 points for the Lady Cougars, followed by Megan Chapman with 11, Morris four, Lindsay Evans two and Kristin Chapman one.

Raegan Thompson, a Furman University recruit, led all scorers with 23 points for the Lady Wildcats.

“If you can get (Oak Ridge) in a half-court game and slow them down, you have a chance,” said Browning.

“I told our girls we might have to put two or three people back (to defend the fast-break). But you hate to do that because you’ll never get any offensive rebounds.”

Campbell County’s boys also saw a silver lining in their games this week against Oak Ridge. The CCHS freshmen defeated the Wildcats on Friday night.

In the boy’s varsity game on Friday, the Cougars were out of it early and then played themselves back into contention during the second half.

Trailing by 18 points, 45-27, at halftime, Campbell County (6-6 district, 12-9 overall) rallied to get within four on two occasions in the third quarter. Cougars’ point guard Troy Arnold fouled out with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter and his team down by nine. Sean Ward bombed in a three-pointer from the top of the key to get the Cougars within six points, 60-54, but no closer. Oak Ridge held off Campbell County down the stretch to post a 73-62 triumph.

Chris Poteet led the Cougars with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Zach Norman finished with 14 points for Campbell County, followed by Arnold with nine, Ward eight, Justin Young five, Cody Suttles four and Cody Malicoat two.

Oak Ridge won the game at the foul line, where the Wildcats made 15-of-23 free throws as opposed to only 3-of-5 for the Cougars. Demarcus Rogers led all scorers with 21 points for the Wildcats.