It appeared everyone in Fayetteville had the Coffee County Lady Raiders circled on their schedule.
In front of a packed gym Saturday night at Lincoln County, the CHS Lady Raiders fought through a physical game, keeping the Lady Falcons at arms length pretty much all night and finishing with a 56-50.
“No doubt Lincoln County is a top 10 team in the state and no doubt we will have two more battles with them,” said CHS head coach Joe Pat Cope.
“They remind me of Warren County last year – very physical team,” added Cope. “Jules (Ferrell) goes out with a busted lip, probably going to need stitches and no call.”
Despite the physicality, the Lady Raiders were able to mostly control the game. The only point Coffee County trailed was 17-15 in the second quarter, but answered with a 9-1 run and led the rest of the way. Lincoln County closed it to a 2 point game early in the fourth but a big three from Olivia Vinson opened the game back up and the Lady Falcons never got within one possession again.
“”We were getting hit every time down the floor,” said Vinson, who scored 10 points in the win.
Natalie Barnes led the way with 14 for CHS and Ferrell had 13. Channah Gannon pitched in 9 in the paint.
“They are definitely a good team,” said Barnes. “But we have things we need to clean up. We turned the ball over too much, I know I had … I don’t know how many.”
CHS turned the ball over 17 times in the win.
The win pushes Coffee County atop the district standings. They were previously tied with the Falcons. They will play again Tuesday, Feb. 6 in Manchester.
The Lady Falcons were previously unbeaten at home this year before losing to Coffee County – going 8-0 at home. They were 27-5 in their last 32 dating back to 2021 at home.
The Lady Raiders are now 23-3 overall, 7-0 in district play. Lincoln County falls to 20-6 / 7-1.
RED RAIDERS 55, FALCONS 62
Coffee County struggled to slow down the outside shooting of Lincoln County and appeared a touch sluggish Saturday after an emotional win Friday night, falling to the Falcons 62-55.
The Falcons were tied for last place in the district entering Saturday’s game but had been playing better winning 2 of their last 3 before Saturday.
The Falcons hit 7 3-pointers and took pretty good care of the ball, committing only 9 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Raiders turned the ball over 14 times. Cooper Reed finished with 21 points and Jackson Shemwell had 20. CHS struggled to get other contributions, though. Courtland Farrar scored 8 and Brady Wright 6.
The Falcons led 17-7 late in the first quarter but the Raiders took off on a run and nabbed a 20-18 lead. The Falcons took a 1 point lead into the locker room and the Raiders were never able to lead in the second half. A bad start to the third quarter seemed to doom the Raiders. CHS turned the ball over 4 times early in the third and only scored 5 points in the quarter.
The loss makes the Raiders 14-11 overall and 5-2 in district play. They still have opportunities to win the regular season district with three wins in the upcoming week.
Both Raiders and Lady Raiders host Spring Hill Monday and Lincoln County Tuesday before traveling to Spring Hill Thursday. All three games will be on Thunder Radio WMSR 107.9 FM, 1320 AM. Tuesday night is senior night.