Blue Devils get key district win

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Jordan, NCAA Division I signee, leads Coalfield girls past Jellico

By Dwane Wilder

District 4-A rivals Jellico and Coalfield split a pair of varsity high school basketball games Friday night at Jellico.
The boy’s game was competitive until the Blue Devils (2-0 district, 4-6 overall) began to pull away with a 16-2 run in the second quarter. Jellico led 41-18 at halftime and won the game by a final score of 75-38.
Brent Ayers, Cody Malicoat and Lee England paced the Blue Devils with 13 points each.
Ten of the 12 players on Jellico’s roster scored during the game. Michael Smith and Ethan Shelley contributed 8 points each, followed by Chris Lay with 6; Brian Hicks, Tyler Bolton and Dustin Smiddy 4 each; and Austin Hunley 2.
“It was good to get another district win before we play Wartburg this week,” said Blue Devils coach Mike Reynolds.
“Our kids did what they were supposed to do; they came out and played hard.”
Cody Hill led the Yellowjackets (0-1 overall) with 11 points, followed by Trever Bogard and Dillon Wilson with 6 each; Austin Hicks 5, Ryan Hill and Jacob Powers 4 each, and Cody Duncan 2.
The game was tied 6-6 in the opening quarter when Malicoat put the Blue Devils in front with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Ayers swished a 3-pointer from the left wing that allowed Jellico to double the score, 12-6.
Leading by five, 15-10, at the first quarter break, the Blue Devils began to extend their lead with a 16-2 run.
Alaina Jordan, who has signed to play next year for NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina University, pumped in a game-high 21 points to lead the Coalfield girls to a 68-25 victory.
Samantha Hamby chipped in 13 points for the Lady Yellowjackets (2-1 overall), followed by Erica Foster with 10, Tiffany Walls 9, Andrea Foster 6, Keisha Berry 5, Tiffany McNeal 4 and Tara McNeal 2.
Coalfield was in command from the outset, leading 24-7 after one quarter and 47-15 at halftime.
Post players Ashley Gulley and Destany Creekmore led Jellico (0-2 district, 1-9 overall) with 10 points each, while Kayla Bolton had 3 and Rachel Ayers 2.