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BASKETBALL: Coffee County gets road district sweep at Shelbyville

Jules Ferrell scored 10 for the Lady Raiders Friday night. -- Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR 107.9 FM

Coffee County won’t get style points but the Lady Raiders and Red Raiders did get wins in their return to action Friday night.

After a two week break for weather cancellations, the Lady Raiders sloshed through a 40-33 win over the Eaglettes of Shelbyville. The Raider boys followed that with a 56-53 win over the Eagle boys.


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Coffee County didn’t hit a 3-pointer until midway through the third quarter in a night the shots weren’t falling. But CHS found a way to win anyway. Jules Ferrell buried a big 3-pointer with 3 minutes to play to put the Lady Raiders up 10 – their biggest lead of the night. CHS held on from there, despite a late Shelbyville run aided by Lady Raider turnovers and poor rebounds.

CHS turned the ball over 14 times in the loss.

It was a far cry from the 73 point offensive performance CHS put up against the Eaglettes back on Jan. 9. Olivia Vinson paced CHS with 11 points. Ferrell and Natalie Barnes had 10 apiece.


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Courtland Farrar didn’t score until 29 seconds left in the game. Then he dropped in arguably the three biggest points of the day.

With the game tied at 53-apiece, Farrar knocked down 2 free throws with 29 seconds to play, then he added another free shot with 13.9 to play. Shelbyville’s Terrence Johnson launched a 3 as time expired but it was well defended and fell short.

The Raiders were led in scoring by Jackson Shemwell with 16 points – 13 coming in a big second half.

Cooper Reed added 11 – three of those coming on a 3 with 1:39 to play to put the Raiders up 1 after the Eagles had jumped in front on a Johnson 3.

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Camden Hunt added a season high 8 points for the Raiders in the post.

Both teams will host Warren County Saturday. Tip is set for 3 p.m. for the girls with the boys to follow. The 2021-2022 boys state tournament team will be honored at halftime of the girls game.

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