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58 IS ENOUGH

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Brady’s FT lifts Lady Cougars to 58-57 win over Cleveland in 2OT

By Robby O'Daniel

FARRAGUT — Back on Nov. 18 at Scott High School, probably the most entertaining game of the day locally was the Lady Cougars’ near comeback against Cleveland, eventually losing 74-71 on a last-second shot that missed.

So expectations for the rematch between the two schools, held last Saturday at Farragut High School, had to be high — and the game delivered.

The Lady Cougars got revenge, outlasting Cleveland 58-57 in double overtime to improve to 2-4 on the young season.

“I was extremely proud of the effort,” CCHS head coach Brad Honeycutt said. “They battled. We faced a lot of adversity in this game. A lot of kids had to step into new roles for a game, had some kids in foul trouble, some kids that just kinda had to step up that haven’t been asked to really step up — and they did. And they answered the call, and it was a true team win.”

Lady Cougars center Madison Brady went to the free-throw line with just 15 seconds remaining in double overtime and the game tied at 57-all.

Brady missed the first free throw and then had a long time to think about the next one. Cleveland called two timeouts back to back before she shot her second from behind the charity stripe.

Still, Brady made the free throw. Then Campbell County got a defensive stop; the buzzer sounded, and the celebration was on with teammates jumping up and down and high-fiving.

“We battled really hard, every one of us, especially Macy [Monday] that came off the bench like that,” Brady said. “She did really good. She finished her shots.”

If one had to single out a hero, it would be Brady. She not only had the game-winning free throw, but she also provided 17 points and 12 rebounds, according to team stats.

“They wanted this one very bad, and we’ve just been stressing so many little things that we need to do better, and today, they bought into that,” Honeycutt said. “Now we just gotta continue to buy into that every game from here on out, but they saw it work today: the boxing out, the talking, the getting good shots offensively. And against a team like that, as much as they trap, it’s hard to get a good shot off offensively because they hurry you up so much. I think, overall, we did take good shots, and I’m just happy because there was a lot of girls — since we played them last week, he knew how to guard us. And there were a lot of girls that they took away what they were good at, but those girls found other ways to help the team tonight, and I just couldn’t be happier for everybody kinda just selling out to team in this game today.”

Lady Cougars guard Skylar Boshears got the ball with just seconds left in regulation and heaved a half-court shot that almost went in. But no, the game was headed to overtime at 53-all.

It was Cleveland that had the last possession in the first overtime period. In fact, Cleveland had possession for almost the entirety of the first OT period in a scene that recalled the Cougars-Clinton boys district tournament matchup of 2016.

Cleveland held onto the ball near midcourt for nearly the entire OT period. Cleveland took three different shots during that span, though, and it was a jump ball and a Cleveland offensive rebound that retained possession for the team. A Cleveland missed 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game to double overtime.

The game was close for the vast majority of the contest with a few swings in momentum.

Boshears hit a jumper at the first-quarter buzzer to give Campbell County a 15-14 edge.

It was a tie game at 21-all, and the Lady Cougars led 29-26 at the half.

At one point in the third quarter, Cleveland led 39-32, but the Lady Cougars ended that frame with a 10-0 run to take a 42-39 lead.

Campbell County seemed to have the game in hand, up 47-41 with less than six minutes to go after a Brady block on defense, but that lead evaporated as Cleveland tied it at 48-all with less than four minutes to go.

With her team down 53-51, it was Campbell County’s Haley Comer who drilled two free throws to tie the game at 53 with 1:56 remaining in regulation. Comer finished the night with 16 points, per team stats.

Sophomore Macy Monday finished with 11 points, according to team stats.

“She was very active and very fundamental,” Honeycutt said. “She was where she was supposed to be, and she went out there and did exactly what we asked her to do. And we were happy that she played the way that she did.”

Boshears and Emily Ellison had 7 each, per team stats. Boshears had 10 rebounds.

By the end of the game, Campbell County’s Blair Medley, along with three Cleveland players, had fouled out of the contest.

Ironically, one of those to foul out was not Boshears, who already had four fouls on her in the fourth quarter. Boshears played more than 10 minutes of game time with four fouls and never fouled out.

The Lady Cougars defeated Scott 61-29 on Nov. 20 at home, Honeycutt said.

According to team stats, Ellison led the way in that game with 17 points, followed by Boshears (11), Kayleigh Jordan (8), Medley (7), Brady (6), Comer (4), Monday (4), Myra Sexton (2) and Alyssa Brown (2).

Then the Lady Cougars lost to Pigeon Forge 62-52 in a game at Carter High School on Nov. 21, Honeycutt said.

Brady led the Lady Cougars in that game with 16 points, followed by Boshears (10, all in the second half), Comer (9), Ellison (7), Medley (6) and Sexton (4), per team stats.