Clarkrange Teams Advance to Region

Both the Clrkrange teams will be competing in Region 4-A Tournament play this week in Livingston.

By virtue of their third place finishes, both automatically gained a semifinal berth in the district and advanced to Region play.

In District semifinal action on Thursday, the Lady Buffaloes took on the Jackson County Lady Blue Devils for the third time, and for the third time came up on the short end of the score, as Jackson County took an early lead and never looked back.

Behind a 10-point effort by point guard McKenzie Flynn, who hit two 3-pointers along with four free throws in the first period, the Lady Blue Devils took a 13-7 first period lead, and extended that lead to 24-17 at the half.

Cameron Sherrell came alive in the third period, scoring 10 of her 13 points, as Jackson County pulled outto a 42-25 advantage, and then held their own through the fourth period to post the 56-41 victory to advance to the finals against Pickett County.

Gracie Bush led the Clarkrange scoring with 13 points, with Charity Crabtree adding 12, Breanna Bush and Zoie Crouch with 5 each, Hannah Garrett 4, and Katelin Beaty 2 points.

Jackson County was led by McKenzie Flynn with 17 points, with Kassidy Allen and Cameron Sherrell with 13 each, Bella Wilmoth 7, Jaycee Woolbright with 5, and Kaitlyn Pippin 1 point.

With the loss, the Lady Buffaloes dropped into the consolation game to take on Clay County on Monday night.

In boys tournament action on Friday night, the Buffaloes had to come from behind to take an impressive 72-61 win over the Jackson County Blue Devils to advance to the District finals on Tuesday night.

In the first period, Jackson County blistered the nets for 26 points, led by Isaac Phillips with 10 points, Colby Brown with 9, and James Coe with 7, to take a 12-point lead over the Buffaloes.

Hunter Crouch exploded for 16 of his game-high 32 points in the second period, as the Buffaloes went on a 25-8 run to take a 39-34 lead at the half.

Jackson County came back with  a run in the third period to close the gap to 49-46 going into the final period, but Clarkrange put the game away in the fourth period, as the Blue Devils were forced to foul, and hit 17 of 19 down the stretch to post the win, including six straight by Crouch and 7 of 9 for Ryan Miller.

In the fourth period, the Buffaloes outscored Jackson County 23-15 to post the 11-point win, 72-61.

In addition to Hunter Crouch’s game-high 32 points, Coleman Linkous added 15, Ryan Miller 14, Austin Monday 9, and Cobe Hayes 2 points.

Isaac Phillips led Jackson County with 19 points, with Colby Brown adding 16, James Coe 14, Jonah Smith and Colby Long with 4 each, and Conner Brown 2 points.

With the win, Clarkrange advanced to the finals on Tuesday night to take on the state-ranked Clay County Bulldogs, while Jackson County dropped into the consolation game to take on Pickett County, who lost to Clay County 55-50 in the semifinals.

On Monday night, the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes and the Clay County Lady Bulldogs met in the consolation game, with the Lady buffaloes taking control of the game early and cruising to a 59-46 win.

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