Lady Buffaloes Fall to Pickett Co. In District Finals; Will Host Red Boiling Springs In Region Opener

CHSIMG_1749The Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes and the Pickett County Lady Bobcats faced each other for the third time this year in the finals of the District 7-A basketball tournament at Livingston on Monday night, and this time, the Lady Bobcats came out on top, as they knocked off regular-season District 7-A champion Clarkrange 63-56.

DISTRICT 7-A ALL-TOURNAMENT: Left to right, front row: Abbi Buck, Aaliyah Brown and Kassidy Geesling, Pickett County; and Jada Kerr of Clay County.  Back row, left to right: Kara Meadows, Breanna Bush and Hannah Garrett of Clarkrange, Savannah Hammock and MVP Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County; Taylor Strong of Clay County, and Kyleigh Hardy of Jackson County.

DISTRICT 7-A ALL-TOURNAMENT:
Left to right, front row: Abbi Buck, Aaliyah Brown and Kassidy Geesling, Pickett County; and Jada Kerr of Clay County. Back row, left to right: Kara Meadows, Breanna Bush and Hannah Garrett of Clarkrange, Savannah Hammock and MVP Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County; Taylor Strong of Clay County, and Kyleigh Hardy of Jackson County.

During the regular season, Clarkrange had handed the Lady Bobcats their only two losses of the regular season with a come-from behind win at Clarkrange on January 20 with a  66-57 win, and a 63-60 thriller at Byrdstown on February 7.

The District finals game on Monday night was hard-fought from the outset, with Pickett County holding a 16-12 advantage after the first period, with 8 of those points coming from the free throw line.

The Lady Bobcats continued to pull away in the second period, behind a 12-point effort by Courtney Pritchett, to hold a 35-26 lead at the half.

Clarkrange mounted a furious comeback effort in the third period, outscoring the Lady CHSTNP_5163Bobcats 20-10 behind a 15-point performance by Kara Meadows, who was practically unstoppable in that period, to take a 1-point lead going into the final frame.

The final period was a see-saw battle, which saw Clarkrange go ahead by 3 points before Pickett County came back to take the lead, and  pulled back out to a 4-point advantage with 2 minutes to play.

CHSGIMG_1517Charity Crabtree and Breanna Bush both fouled out with still over 3 minutes to play, and a swarming defense by the Lady Bobcats forced some costly turnovers by the Lady Buffaloes to pull back out to a 6-point lead with less than a minute to play.

The Lady Buffaloes were then forced to foul, and Pickett County hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute to post the 7-point win.

Pickett County shot 24 of 31 from the free throw line, while Clarkrange was 12 of 17 from the charity stripe.

Kara Meadows led the Lady Buffaloes and was also the game’s CHSGTNP_5079leading scorer with 29 points, with Hannah Garrett adding 9, Breanna Bush with 8, Reece Stover with 6, and Charity CHSTNP_4505Crabtree and Gracie Bush adding 2 points each.

Pickett County was led by Courtney Pritchett with 28 points, followed by Aaliayah Brown with 15, Savannah Hammock with 11, Abbi Buck 6, Kassidy Geesling 2, and Gracie Martin with 1 point.

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