Clarkrange Teams Begin 2018 With Key Wins Over Jackson Co.

Both the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes and Buffaloes opened 2018 with key District wins over visiting Jackson County on Friday, January 5.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Buffaloes had to overcome a 4-point first period deficit to post a 55-41 win over the Lady Blue Devils, with balanced scoring by all five starters, who played the majority of the contest.

In the first period, Jackson County took a 12-8 advantage,  with 7 of those points coming from the free throw line.

The Lady Buffaloes came back with a strong second period effort, led by 8 points by Gracie Bush, including two three-pointers, and seven by Chairty Crabtree.

In the third period, Kaylie Monday scored 7 of Clarkrange’s 9 points, and the Lady Buffalo defense held the Lady Blue Devils to 4 points to allow Clarkrange to go into the final frame with a 5-point lead, 37-32.

The fourth period also belonged to the Lady Buffaloes, as Hannah Garrett led an 18-9 run to pull away and post the 14-point win.

Both teams shot well from the free throw line, with Jackson County connecting on 14 of 17, and Clarkrange hitting 10 of 12.

Clarkrange had balanced scoring in the game, led by Kaylie Monday’s 15 points, with Hannah Garrett adding 12, Kassie Monday 11, including two 3-pointers; Charity Crabtree 9, and Gracie Bush 8 points.

Jackson County was led by Kaitlyn Pippin with 12 points and Abigail Poston with 11, followed by Kyleigh Hardy with 7, Bella Wilmoth 5, Jaycie Woolbright 4, and Madison Fisher 2 points.

With the win, Clarkrange improved to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in District 7-A play, while Jackson County dropped to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in District play.

In the boys’ game, after a close first period which saw the Buffaloes holding a slim one-point lead, 10-9, the Buffaloes managed to pull away to a 6-point advantage at the half, 24-18, behind a 14-point first half effort by senior point guard Austin Monday, who pumped in eight points in the first half, including two 3-pointers in the first period.

Clarkrange continued to slowly pull away in the third period to take an 8-point advantage into the fourth period, 37-29, and then hit 9 of 11 free throws down the stretch in the final minutes of the contest to post the 12-point win, 54-42.

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