Lady Cougars place 7th at Greeneville tourney

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CCHS girls regroup after loss to Mo West in tournament opener

By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School’s varsity girls got off to a rough start last week at the Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies’ Classic with a loss on opening day of the prestigious basketball tournament in Greeneville.


However, the Lady Cougars quickly recovered and won three consecutive basketball games in convincing fashion to showcase what they’re capable of.

Skylar Boshears and Haley Comer led four CCHS players in double figures with 18 points each last Saturday as the Lady Cougars (17-2 overall) defeated Franklin County, Kentucky for seventh place out of 16 teams in the tournament.

Emily Ellison chipped in 16 points for Campbell County, followed by Madison Brady with 12, Blair Medley 8 and Myra Sexton 2.

Jasmine Simpson led all scorers with 23 points for Franklin County (10-4 overall).

“We played really well offensively in the second half,” said Lady Cougars head coach Brad Honeycutt. “Had 40 assists total in the final two games of the tourney alone. Great team ball!”

Campbell County overcame a 31-27 halftime deficit by shooting 72.4 percent from the field in the second half. The Lady Cougars scored 23 points in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth.

Campbell County shot 60 percent (9 of 15) from 3-point range led by Comer (4 of 8) and Ellison (3 of 4).

The lone blemish on Campbell County’s record last week was a 50-44 loss the day after Christmas to a talented Morristown West the Lady Cougars had beaten the previous week.

Campbell County dropped the second meeting, 50-44. Boshears paced the Lady Cougars with 15 points, followed by Brady with 12, Ellison 10, Macy Monday 4 and Comer 3.

Blayne Shultz led all scorers with 21 points for Morristown West.

The Lady Cougars bounced back with a 70-50 rout of North Greene the next day. Boshears, a Furman University signee, torched the nets with a career-high 36 points for Campbell County. That included a 6 of 7 effort at the charity stripe.

Brady chipped in 16 points from the low post, followed by Comer and Lexy Richardson with 4 each, Medley and Monday 3 each, and Kayleigh Jordan and Ellison 2 each.

The Lady Cougars were outstanding at the free throw line, where they made 14 of 17 attempts. Brady made 5 of 6 foul shots.

Campbell County held a 38-33 advantage at intermission.

Savage led North Greene with 12 points.

Last Friday, the Lady Cougars thumped Daniel Boone 75-58 behind a career-high 22 points and six 3-pointers from Ellison.

Ellison was on fire in the first half, when she made five treys and totaled 17 of her points.

Daniel Boone led 21-18 after one quarter, but the Lady Cougars answered the bell with a 24-point second-quarter blitz. Brady went to the bench with her third foul at the 3:13 mark of the first half, but Campbell County was able to hold a 42-30 advantage at halftime.

The Lady Cougars extended their lead in the second half and were up 59-41 going to the fourth quarter.

Campbell County made 11 treys during the game. Medley hit four and finished with 12 points. Comer had the other 3-pointer and finished with 14 total points.

Rounding out the scoring column for the Lady Cougars was Boshears with 16 points, Brady with 9 and Richardson 2.

Bayleigh Carmichel led Daniel Boone with 20 points, including five 3-pointers.

Although much of the attention this year has been focused on Boshears and Brady, another NCAA Division I college prospect, other members of the team have risen to the occasion to keep Campbell County from being a team of only two stars.

“I think that’s why we were so successful (in the Greeneville tournament),” Honeycutt said.

The opening day loss to Morristown West served as a wake-up call for the Lady Cougars.

“We talked about that,” said Honeycutt. “(Assistant) Coach (Bo) Vinsant said, ‘If you guys want to prove you are one of the best teams up here, then win out.’

“And we did. I thought we righted our ship.”

Oak Ridge, the Lady Cougars’ district rival, beat Morristown West on a last-second shot to win the tournament semifinal.

Honeycutt puts his girls up there with the best in East Tennessee when they play smart and play together. In fact, they defeated Oak Ridge earlier this season.

“I think if we share the ball and play efficiently, we can beat a lot of teams,” he said.

The Lady Cougars will next see action on Jan. 8 at district rival Powell.