Clarkrange Teams Split With Clay and Jackson County Lady Buffaloes Enter Tournament as Top Seed

he Clarkrange Buffaloes and Lady Buffaloes went on the road last week for two important District 6-A games, and came away with a split at both Clay County and Jackson County.

On Tuesday night, they traveled to Celina to take on Clay County and came away with a split, with the Lady Buffaloes winning 59-42, and the Buffaloes falling to the Bulldogs by the score of 69-46.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Buffaloes opened the game with a barrage of 3-pointers in the first period, led by four from Gracie Bush, to take a commanding 29-11 lead and never looked back, as they increased that lead to 35-22 at the half, 42-28 in the third period, and cruised to the 17-point win as they outscored their hosts 17-14 in the final frame.

The Lady Buffaloes had balanced scoring with four players in double figures, as Gracie Bush and Kassie Monday shared scoring honors with 15 each, with Kaylie Monday adding 13, Reece Stover 10, with Charity Crabtree adding 6 points.

Clay County was paced by Kenzie Arms with 15 points and Taylor Strong with 10, followed by Brittany Boone with 7, Rachel Copass 4, and Karha Butterworth, Maddy Harlan, and Katie Arms with 2 points each.

In the boys’ game, Jake Ashlock had 7 first points to lead an 18-7 run by the Bulldogs.

Clarkrange managed to close the gap by a point at the half, 36-35, but saw the Bulldogs pull back out to a 17-point lead going into the final period, and outscored the Buffaloes 16-10 in the final period to post the 23-point win, 69-46.

Joshua Bilbrey led Clarkrange with 13 points, with Austin Monday adding 11 and Sean Michalski 10, with Briley Stephens adding 6, and Nick Hall, Brandon Daugherty and Dederick Phillips with 2 points each.

Celina had balanced scoring with four players in double figures, led by Jake Ashlock’s 21 points, with Landon Woodcock adding 17, Gavin Silk 13, and Heath Kimes 10, followed by Mason Sharp with 6, and Ben Bailey with 2 points.

On Friday, Clarkrange traveled to Gainesboro to take on Jackson County, and  came away with another split, with the Lady Buffaloes rolling to a 73-41 victory, while the Buffaloes saw a red-hot Blue Devil team blister the nets with 12 three-pointers enroute to an 84-57 win.

In the girls’ game, Clarkrange took control of the game early, jumping out to a 22-7 first period lead behind a 10-point effort by Kassie Monday, and extended that lead to 42-19 at the half, as Reece Stover got a hot hand in the second period with 8 points.

Clarkrange continued to pull away in the third period, with Kaylie Monday adding 7 points and Hannah Garrett and Gracie Bush with 6 each to take a 30-point lead going into he final period, and cruised to the win.

Kassie Monday led the Clarkrange scoring with 20 points, with Gracie Bush adding 18, Hannah Garrett and Kaylie Monday with 9 each, Reece Stover 8, Charity Crabtree 7, and Chloe Howard adding 2 points.

Bella Wilmoth led Jackson County with 14, with Kyliegh Hardy adding 11, Erica Davidson 5, Kaitlyn Pippin and Madison Fisher 4 points each, and Jaycie Woolbright with 3 points.

With the win, Clarkrange improved to 26-2 overall and 13-0 in District 6-A, while Jackson County dropped to 12-10 overall and 7-5 in District play.

In the boys’ game, the Blue Devils were red hot in the first period, hitting six 3-pointers to pull out to a 27-11 lead, and continued to pull ahead in the second period for a commanding 50-25 halftime advantage.

Clarkrange made a run in the third period, led by a 10-point effort by Sean Michalski, but could only manage to cut three points off the Jackson County lead going into the fourth period, which saw the Blue Devils go back on a 16-11 run to post the 27-point win.

Sean Michalski led Clarkrange with 14 points, with Austin Monday, Briley Stephens and Nick Hall each adding 10 points, Joshua Bilbrey 6, Daderick Phillips 4, Brandon Daugherty with 2, and Anthony Cottle adding 1 point.

Jackson County had six players in double figures, led by Jonah Smith with 19 points, with Troy Mineer adding 12, Conner Brown, Chris Pigg, and Eli Burris with 11 each, Ian Poteet 10, Jacob Hardy 8, and Blake Pickens with 2 points.

With the loss, Clarkrange dropped to 5-8 in the District and 14-14 overall, while Jackson County improved to 15-9 overall and 7-5 in the District.

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