Clarkrange Splits With Livingston And Cookeville, Win Over Oneida, Collinwood

The Clarkrange Buffaloes and Lady Buffaloes continued in their pre-district schedule last week, splitting with Class AA Livingston and  Class AAA Cookeville before returning home for a re-match with Oneida on Friday and then took on Collinwood on Saturday.

In action on Monday, December 12, the Clarkrange teams hosted Livingston, and both the boys and girls’ games were close, with the Lady Buffaloes holding off a late run by the Lady Wildcats to hold on for a 69-66 win, while the Buffaloes came up on the short end of a 62-59 score.

In the girls’ game, Clarkrange’s Kara Meadows matched the entire Livingston team in the first period with 11 points, and added seven more in the second frame to help give Clarkrange a 32-20 halftime advantage.

Adding 9 more points in the third period, Meadows sparked a 23-16 Clarkrange run to give Clarkrange a 55-46 lead going into the final period, which saw the Wildcats come back to make a strong run, but the Lady Buffaloes were able to hold off the rally by hitting 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch to secure the 3-point win.

Meadows was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points, followed by Charity Crabtree with 12, Reece Stover with 11, Hannah Garrett with 10, and Gracie Bush and Breanna Bush adding 4 and 3 points, respectively.

Makayla Brown paced the Lady Wildcats with 14 points, with Carlsey Bibb adding 13, Leah Barker 11, and Katie West 10, with Kellsey Ray adding 9 and Carson Hammock 6 points.

In the boys’ game, it was also close all the way.  Ryan Miller and Briley Stephens led a first period charge by the Buffaloes with 8 and 6 points respectively to give Clarkrange a 1-point advantage, 19-18, and then pulled out to a 6-point halftime advantage at 32-26.

The Wildcats, however came out hot in the third period, outscoring the Buffaloes 19-9 to take a 45-41 lead into the final frame, and held on, as Jacob Craig scored 8 of his team-high 15 points to help the Wildcats preserve the 3-point win, 62-59.

Livingston went to the free throw line 14 times in the fourth period, hitting 7, while the Buffaloes hit 2 of 3 from the charity stripe.  For the game, Livingston hit 14 of 25 from the free throw line, while the Buffaloes were 4 of 9.

Ryan Miller led Clarkrange and was the game’s high scorer with 20 points, including six 3-pointers, while Briley Stephens added 16 with four 3-pointers, Sean Michalski added 14, Austin Monday 4 points, and Nick Hall 3 points.

In addition to Jacob Craig’s 15 points, Livingston was led by Xander Miller with 13, Carter Hayes with 12, Mitchell Ayers with 9, Ray Burchwell 8, Cole Smith 4, and Cody Ray adding one point.

On Tuesday night, the Clarkrange teams traveled to Cookeville and came away with another split, as the Lady Buffaloes took a rather easy 61-44 win over the Lady Cavaliers, and the Buffaloes fell to a red-hot Cavalier team 69-38.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Buffaloes got balanced scoring in the first period with all five starters getting on the scoreboard to pull out to a 17-7 advantage going into the second period.

Charity Crabtree led an 18-8 second period charge by Clarkrange with three 3-pointers to give the Lady Buffaloes a 20-point halftime advantage, 35-15, and they never looked back as they cruised to the 17-point win.

Clarkrange’s Kara Meadows, who had been held to just 5 points in the first period, had four baskets in the third period, and added two more baskets and hit 6 of 7 free throws in the final period to lead her team and take high scoring honors for the game with 23 points.

Charity Crabtree added 17, with Breanna Bush adding 6, and Hannah Garrett, Gracie Bush, and Reece Stover added 5 points each.

Chloe Grace Savage paced the Lady Cavaliers with 21 points, with Riley Masters adding 10, Sydney Bean 8, Madison Gunter 3 and Grace Merek 2 points.

In the boys’ game, the Cavaliers started off fast and furious, jumping out to a 22-10 first period advantage and never looked back.

Jacob Reeves had 9 first period points, and Alex Garrett added 6 to lead the first period rally.

Cookeville continued to add to their lead in the second period, outscoring Clarkrange 10-7, and continued to pull away through the second half, going on a 19-10 run in the third period, and an 18-11 fourth period advantage to post the 31-point win.

Sean Michalski was the only Buffalo in double figures with 10 points, with Austin Monday adding 9, Ryan Miller 6, Cobe Hayes 5, Josh Bilbrey and Brandon Daugherty 3 points each, and Briley Stephens 2 points.

On Friday night, Clark-range hosted the Oneida Indians and Lady Indians.

Earlier this month, the Lady Indians had upset the Lady Buffaloes, but following that upset loss, Coach Rogers obviously got his team’s attention, as they came out with their hottest shooting quarter of the season so far, jumping out to a 30-0 first period lead, before the Lady Indians got their first and only basket of the opening quarter, and led 32-2 going into the second frame.

Kara Meadows, who led the scoring with 26 points in the contest, scored 16 of those in the first period, which saw the Lady Buffaloes completely dominate the game on both ends of the floor

Meadows, added 10 more points in the second period in which Clarkrange pulled out to a 54-9 halftime advantage and never looked back.

With reserves playing most of the second half, Clarkrange continued to pull away, outscoring the Lady Indians 12-7 in the third period to take a 50-point advantage into the final frame, 66-16, and maintained that advantage through the final period, winning 74-24.

In addition to Meadows’ 26 points, Reece Stover added 17, including three 3-pointers, and Charity Crabtree added 11, also with three 3-pointers.  Hannah Garrett had 7 points, Breanna Buch 5, Gracie Bush and Carragan Fields 3 points each, and Emily Gray had 2 points.

Oneida was led by Emily Bertram with 5 points.

In the boys’ game, the teams battled to a 12-12 deadlock in the first period, but saw the Buffaloes begin to pull away in the second quarter behind an 8-point effort by Ryan Miller, to hold a 27-24 halftime advantage.

Clarkrange continued to gradually increase the lead in the third period to hold a 5-point advantage going into the fourth quarter, in which they pulled away with a 17-9 advantage, sparked by a 7-point effort by Nick Hall to post the 59-46 win.

Ryan Miller led the charge for Clarkrange with 15 points, with Briley Stephens close behind with 15 and Nick Hall 12, with Austin Monday and Cobe Hayes each adding 7 points and Sean Michalski with 2 points.

Zack Kazee led Oneida with 14 points, while Logan Stephens and Dawson Branstetter added 8 points each.

On Saturday afternoon, Clarkrange hosted Collinwood High School and picked up another pair of victories, as the girls won 75-37, while the boys won 70-50.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.