Lady Buffaloes Come From Behind To Win Over Top Ranked Lady Bobcats

CHSIMG_0089After being down by as much as 15 points in the first half, the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes mounted a furious second half run to take a 66-57  win over the previously unbeaten and Tennessee Class A top-ranked Pickett County Lady Bobcats last week.

The Lady Bobcats came into the game with a perfect 19-0 mark and for most of the first half it appeared that the Lady Buffaloes would be their 20th win of the season.

Led by 12 points by Courtney Pritchett, the Lady Bobcats pulled out to a 24-15 first period advantage, and held a 37-26 lead at the half.

Pickett County came out flat to open the third period, and when their shots failed to fall, the Lady Buffaloes began chipping away at the lead,   Kara Meadows hit three straight field goals, and Hannah Garrett, Breanna Bush, and Reece Stover all hit big 3-pointers to help pull back to within 3 points going into the final frame.

Clarkrange took their first lead  early in the fourth period when Hannah Garrett’s second CHSIMG_0144consecutive basket gave the Lady Buffaloes a 47-46 lead, and Kara Meadows scored the next 3 times down the floor to give Clarkrange a 6-point lead, and from that point on, they never looked back, as they continued to pull away and take the 9-point win, 66-57.

Kara Meadows led the Lady Buffaloes and took game-high honors with 31 points, with Hannah Garrett adding 16, Breanna Bush 8, Reece Stover 5, Charity Crabtree 4, and Gracie Bush 2 points.

Courtney Pritchett led Pickett County with 23 points, with Savannah Hammock adding 12, Aaliyah Brown 9, Gracie Martin 8, Kassidy Geesling 3, and Abbi Buck 2 points.

With the win, Clarkrange improved to 16-5 overall and to 4-0 in Distict 7-A play, while Pickett County dropped to 19-1 overall and 3-1 in District play.

In the boys’ game, the first period was close, with the Bobcats leading 18-13, but the Buffaloes went ice cold in the second period, scoring only 2 points, allowing Pickett to pull away to a 30-15 halftime advantage.

CHSIMG_0246Clarkrange continued to have trouble finding the range in the third period, as Pickett County continued to pull away, going on an 18-7 run to hold a commanding 26-point advantage going into the fourth period, and cruising to the 65-41 win.

Nick Hall led Clarkrange with 16 points, with Austin Monday and Briley Stephens adding 8 each, Sean Michalski with 5, and Daderick Phillips 4 points.

Dawson Abbott led Pickett Co. and was the game’s high scorer with 24 points, with Trent Young adding 14, Bryson Yorke 11, Parker Gore 8, Clay Smith 5, and Brian Gibson 3 points.

On Monday, January 16, the Clarkrange teams traveled to Livingston to take on the strong Class AA Wildcats and Lady Wildcats and came away with a split, as the Lady Buffaloes won 59-51, while the Buffaloes came up on the short end of a 76-53 score.

In the girls’ game, Kara Meadows led a first period charge with 12 points to help the Lady Buffaloes jump out to a 17-10 advantage.

Makayla Brown sparked a 15-12 Livingston run in the second period with 7 points to close the gap to 29-25 at the half.

CHSIMG_9021The game continued to be close through the third period, as Livingston gained a point to cut the lead to three going into the final frame 39-36.

The fourth period, however, belonged to the Lady Buffaloes, as Meadows bagged four baskets and a free throw, and Hannah Garrett added 5 points, to help Clarkrange go on a 20-15 run to pull away and take the 8-point win, 59-51.

Kara Meadows took game-high honors with 33 points, with Breanna Bush adding 10, Charity Crabtree 8, Hannah Garrett 5, Reece Stover 2, and Gracie Bush 1 point.

Makayla Brown led Livingston with 22 points, with Leah Parker adding 13, Carson Hammock 7, Carlsey Bibb 5, Katie West 3, and Amy Rogers 1 point.

In the boys’ game, it was very close through the first half, as the Buffaloes took an early lead and held a 12-10 advantage at the end of the first period.

The second period saw a lot of scoring, with the Wildcats outscoring the Buffaloes 23-20 to take a 1-point lead at the half, 33-32.

Clarkrange went cold in the third period, scoring only 8 points, which allowed the Wildcats to pull out to an 11-point lead, 51-40, and they continued to pull away through the final frame, outscoring Clarkrange 25-13 to take the 23-point win.

For Clarkrange, Austin Monday had a career night with 29 points, including six 3-pointers, followed by Briley Stephens with 11, Nick Hall 5, Cobe Hayes and Sean Michalski with 3 points each, and Daderick Phillips adding 2 points.

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