Campbell County teams stumble in season opener

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By Dwane Wilder

There is plenty of room for improvement following Campbell County High School’s season basketball opener Tuesday night.
Neither team was able to pull out a victory during a TSSAA Hall of Fame varsity doubleheader against visiting Morristown West.
During a low-scoring girl’s game, the Lady Cougars fell behind 20-12 at halftime and were never able to get in a rhythm during a 47-28 loss. Courtney Morris scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the second half for Campbell County. All three of her 3-pointers came during the final 16 minutes of play.
Morris hit a 3-pointer and made a steal and breakaway layup to get the Lady Cougars within three, 20-17, early in the second half.
However, the Lady Trojans extended their lead to 26-17 by the end of the third quarter.
Samantha Leach was the next highest scorer. She chipped in 5 points for Campbell County, followed by Courtney Miller and Hannah Owens with 3 each, Kristin Chapman 2 and Shayla Goins 1.
Whitney Donaldson led all scorers with 17 points for Morristown West.
The boy’s game was competitive for the first 10 minutes before Morristown West got on a roll to go up 37-18 at halftime.
The Trojans held their ground in the second half and ended up winning by a final score of 69-57.
Senior guard Lucas Nelson poured in a game-high 20 points for the Cougars. Gunner St. John added 11 points, including a trio of treys, followed by Corey Poteet with 10 points; Ethan Simpson and Nick Litton 4 each; Brandon Lee and Dylan Stanfield 3 each; and Jordan Kindred 2.
The Cougars made 7 treys during the game, but missed a bushel more. They stayed in the game during the first half by forcing numerous turnovers with their pressure defense.
Anthony Sanders led the Trojans with 17 points, followed by Andrew Lee with 12 and Preston Bryant 10.
Campbell County will host Sevier County tomorrow (Fri.) night for another TSSAA Hall of Fame game.