Lady Buffaloes Split With Gatlinburg Pittman and Oakdale In Hall of Fame Play Day Saturday

The Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes playing four freshmen and a sophomore at times,  looked impressive in the Hall of Fame Play Day games on Saturday, November 21 at the Buffalo den, although the came up on the short end of the score against a very good Gatlinburg Pittman team.

Earlier in the day, the Lady Buffaloes had completely dominated their game against Oakdale, as they pulled out to a 17-2 lead early, led 20-5 at the end of the first period and 33-7 at the half, and cruised through the second half to post a 64-27 win.

The team hit 13 three-pointers in the contest.

Clarkrange had balanced scoring with four players in double figures, led by Breana Bush with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.

Freshman point guard Gracie Bush added 15 points on five 3-pointers, Katelin Beaty had 13 points with two 3-pointers,  Hannah Garrett had 12 points, Emily Gray added 6 points two 3-pointers, and Izabella Henline had 2 points.Makayla James was Oakdale’s leading scorer with 6 points.

The evening game was a battle against a very good Class AA  Gatlinburg-Pittman team,

The teams battled back and forth for the first period, with Pittman having the hot hand from outside, hitting four 3-pointers to take a 5-point advantage, 19-14.

Clarkrange’s Breana Bush scored 11 of her team’s 14 points, connected on three 3-pointers in the period, with Katelin Beaty adding a trey.

The Lady Buffaloes came back in the second period to take a 1-point advantage at the half, 23-22, but went cold in the third period, with Gracie Bush’s 3-pointer their only points of the period, with Pittman pulling back out to a 3-point advantage, 29-26.

The teams exchanged baskets in the final frame, each scoring 8 points, with Pittman being able to hold on and take the 3-point win, 37-34, handing the Lady Buffaloes their first loss of the young season.

(Losses in Hall of Fame games do not count against a team’s record)

Breana Bush and sister Gracie Bush led the scoring with 14 and 11 points, respectively, with Katelin Beaty adding 3 points, Hannah Garrett, Emily Beaty, and Izabella Henline with 2 points each.

Julia Maloney paced Pittman with 11 points, with Marcee Tinker and Rylie Paterson each adding 6 points.

This week, Clarkrange will get into their regular season schedule, with three straight home games, and will be facing some of their strongest opponents early, as they host 3-A powerhouse Stone Memorial on Tuesday night, November 24, with White County coming to the Buffalo Den on Saturday, November 28.  They will then host Livingston on Tuesday, December 1 before going on the road to Cumberland County on Saturday, December 5.

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