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BASKETBALL: Raider boys claim regular season district title; girls finish unbeaten

Jackson Shemwell fights through traffic Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. -- Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

Spring Hill’s boys put up a good fight until midway through the second quarter Thursday.

That’s when the Coffee County Red Raiders turned up the intensity, taking off on a 17-0 run on their way to a 61-38 win and a District 9-4A regular season title.

Coffee County got 5 consecutive 3-pointers in the run – 8 of those points coming from senior Cooper Reed, who buried a couple of 3-pointers and added a bucket after a steal.

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The win makes the Raiders 8-2 in the district regular season and gives them the top spot in the standings, ahead of Columbia and Warren County. They will get an automatic bid into the region tournament. Their next game will be Saturday, Feb. 17 in the district tournament semi-finals at home.

Leading the way for the Raiders against Spring Hill were Cooper Reed with 14 and Brady Wright with 11.

Coach Andrew Taylor was able to substitute liberally in the second half. Eleven different Raiders scored points in the win, including 9 from Caleb McCall in the fourth quarter.

LADY RAIDERS 74, SPRING HILL 54

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Coffee County’s Lady Raiders turned a 17 point halftime lead into a 32 point lead in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 74-54 win over Spring Hill Thursday – wrapping up the regular season unbeaten in district play.

“I was a little concerned about how we would look,” explained CHS head coach Joe Pat Cope. “We already had first place locked up. But we had an unbeaten season to finish and the girls really handled it well.”

The Lady Raiders were led by junior Lipscomb commit Olivia Vinson and her 19 points.

“Last time we played them I had a lot of midrange and they collapsed on that tonight and that opened up some other stuff,” explained Vinson.

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“Now it’s one game at a time for us. We have a district semi final first,” added Vinson.

“Channah Gannon added 14 points – many of those coming at the free throw line. Natalie Barnes and Jules Ferrell scored 12 apiece.

Coffee County was a fantastic 21-of-23 at the free throw line.

The Lady Raiders have the top seed in the District 9-4A tournament and will play Saturday, Feb. 17 at home. Times and opponents TBD.

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CHS freshman Jules Ferrell fights through contact Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. — Photo by Holly Peterson, THUNDER RADIO WMSR

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