Coffee County Central’s Lady Raiders erased a 35-27 halftime deficit behind a 24 point day from Olivia Vinson to beat Alcoa 64-56 Wednesday morning in the Lenoir City Christmas Tournament.
Vinson was red hot for the Lady Raiders. The junior Lipscomb commit did most of her damage inside and at the free throw line. Vinson was 8-of-8 at the stripe. She had a 10 point second quarter and a 9 point fourth.
Jules Ferrell had an 11 point third quarter on her way to a 13-point morning and Natalie Barnes dropped in 12. Audri Patton managed an 8 point day, Ava McIntosh 5 and Lilly Matherne 2.
The win advances CHS to play Kingston in the semi-finals at 3 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Raider boys erased a 15-point halftime deficit with a furious third quarter but eventually lost to Kate Duncan Smith DAR School Patriots 72-66 in the opening round of the Don Webb Classic at Scottsboro High School early Wednesday morning – a game you heard live on Thunder Radio.
The Raiders started sloppy and eventually fell behind the Patriots 42-27 at the break with sloppy defensive play mostly to blame. CHS turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter, though – forcing 7 third quarter turnovers to eventually tie the game at 46-46.
But the Raiders never actually took the lead and DAR went on a 6-0 run with three minutes in the game to put it out of reach.
Jackson Shemwell battled foul trouble to lead the Raiders with 15 points. Cooper Reed added 14 for CHS, Brady Wright 9, Jayden Carter 7 and Cayden Trail 7. The Raiders were 11-of-14 at the line.
Reid Lemley led DAR with 20.
The loss is the third straight for the Raider boys, dropping them to 6-9 overall.
The Raiders will play at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket at Scottsboro High School.