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BASKETBALL: Coffee County picks up third straight sweep, rolls over Columbia

Olivia Vinson heads to the basket for 2 of her 24 points Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024 -- PHOTO BY HOLLY PETERSON, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

Coffee County Central basketball picked up its third district sweep in a row since returning to action from the “snow break.”

On Tuesday, The Lady Raiders jumped all over the Columbia Lady Lions early and put it out of reach by halftime, rolling to a 74-33 win. The Raider boys took a 10 point lead into the locker room and steadily pulled away for a 58-44 win over the Lions at Joe Frank Patch Memorial gymnasium.

“This (Columbia) team was an AP top 10 team last week and we had them in a tie game with four minutes to play over at their place a couple weeks ago,” explained Lady Raider head coach Joe Pat Cope. “Having Channah (Gannon) back in the starting lineup really changes things for us.”

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And change things it did. Gannon finished with 8 points, but her presence opened up the outside and helped guard Olivia Vinson and Natalie Barnes turn in big nights. Vinson dropped in 24 points, including 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. Natalie Barnes finished with 15 points on five three pointers.

“Channah is a great passer and she does a great job at finding us open outside when people cover her,” said Barnes.

Audri Patton had 6 points along with 6 from Morgen Spears. Jules Ferrell added 4, Ava McIntosh 3, Ella Arnold, Jaydee Nogodula and Andon Selvog all pitched in 2 points. Lilly Matherne added one.

The Lady Raiders remain unbeaten and tied with Lincoln County atop the District 9-4A standings.

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Meanwhile, the Raider men avenged an earlier season loss behind 21 points from Jackson Shemwell to beat the Lions 58-44.

The Raiders weathered an 8-0 run by the Lions in the third quarter but never gave up the lead.

The Lions led 6-0 early on after some costly Raider turnovers. But CHS had the lead by the end of the first and never gave it back.

The win moves the Raiders into first place in District 9-4A.

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Jayden Carter picked up 10 points for the Raiders in the win, Cooper Reed 8, Brady Wright 6, Camden Hunt 5 and Courtland Farrar had 5.

The sweep of the Lions makes the third straight for CHS basketball after handling Shelbyville Friday and Warren County on Saturday.

Both teams will travel to Warren County Friday for a 6 p.m. tip. Both games Friday can be heard live on Thunder Radio WMSR 107.9 FM, 1320 AM, Manchester Go App and thunder1320.com.

Jaiden Warren looks to move the ball Tuesday, Jan 30, 2024. – Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

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