CCHS transfers help lead Mavericks to win over Cougars

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By Robby O'Daniel

In their first time playing at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium since transferring from Campbell County High School, Anderson County seniors Logan Berry and Tanner Davis came up big in the Mavericks’ 64-62 win over the Cougars last Friday night.

According to CCHS team stats, the Maverick duo combined for 33 points — Berry (17) and Davis (16) — and they both factored into the dramatic final play.

After a Cougar turnover, the Mavericks had the ball with just 6.5 seconds to play in a tie game, 62-62.

Berry missed his game-winning shot attempt, but Davis got the rebound and putback for the win as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

A big factor in what got the Cougars to the point of a tie game with just seconds to go was the play of junior guard Jake Lane, who led all scorers with 22 points on the night and was an astounding 14-of-16 from the free-throw line, according to CCHS team stats. Lane was who replaced Berry when Berry made the decision to transfer.

Besides Lane’s 22, the rest of the Cougar scoring came from Nate Walden (17), Spencer Boshears (8), Landon Addington (7), Bryce Duncan (4), Seth Ward (3) and Gavin Sexton (1).

“I thought we all played great,” Lane said. “We could’ve done a little bit better rebounding. They beat us on that, but overall, I think we all did great. We all did our part.”

In an atmosphere that more than one person compared to the 1980s glory days in the gym, the Cougars got out to a 7-2 lead early, thanks in part to a Walden 3-pointer.

“It’s a big game, a lot of emotions going through it with the kids transferring and all that,” Lane said.

The Cougars clung to a 20-18 lead after a quarter, and it was tied up at 31-all at halftime.

Campbell County poured it on in the third quarter, and the roar of the crowd grew louder and louder.

The Mavericks were called for two technical fouls, and the Cougars led 48-38 with 1:06 to go in the third.

But the lead evaporated quickly, with the Mavericks going on an 11-0 run to take a 49-48 lead with fewer than seven minutes to play in the game.

From here, it was back-and-forth lead changes. Seth Ward 3-pointer. 51-49 Cougars. Tanner Davis 2-pointer. 51-51. Duncan free throw. Cougars lead 52-51. Berry layup. 54-53 Mavericks. Boshears jump shot. 55-54 Cougars. Lane free throws. 57-56 Cougars.

After a Berry 2-pointer tied it at 62-all, the Cougars took the ball past halfcourt and called timeout with just 9.1 to play, setting up the potential game-winner.

But on the play, Lane had trouble catching the pass, and after the ball went out of play, it was Maverick ball with 6.5 left, setting up Anderson County’s own game-winner.

Central 80, Cougars 51

Monday’s senior night game wasn’t nearly as exciting as the rivalry game with Anderson County.

The Bobcats got out to an early 11-0 lead before the Cougars scored on a Duncan layup.

Central would lead 31-11 after a quarter. The Bobcats had two dunks in the first half, en route to a 51-23 lead.

Central led 71-38 after three quarters and won 80-51.

Walden led the Cougars with 16 points, according to team stats, followed by Boshears (13), Addington (8), Duncan (6), Lane (4), Dalton Wilson (2) and Marshawn Jones (2).

Next the Cougars visit Oak Ridge on Friday.