Lady Buffaloes Take Third Place in Sonic Shootout, Clarkrange Takes Two At The King’s Academy

Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes with 3rd place trophy.

Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes with 3rd place trophy.

Lady Buffaloes Take Third Place in Sonic Shootout

The Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes took third place in the 9th Annual Sonic Shootout at White County High School last week,.

The Clarkrange team opened the tournament on December 20th with a win over Bledsoe County before falling to Class AAA Cookeville on Wednesday night  to drop to the consolation game, in which they defeated Middle Tennessee Christian by the score  of 49-38.

In the opening round on Tuesday, senior post Kara Meadows had a



career night,  setting a new Clarkrange record as she hit 20 of 24 shots from the field for 42 points while not playing the fourth period to lead the Lady Buffaloes to an easy 67-29 win over Bledsoe County.

Meadows had 12 of her team’s 15 points in the first period as Clarkrange pulled out to a 7-point advantage, and added 16 more in the second period, as the Lady Buffaloes surged ahead to a commanding 37-15 halftime advantage.

Meadows added fourteen more points before leaving the game in the third period.

In addition to Meadows’ game-high 42 points, Emily Gray added 9 for the Lady Buffaloes, Hannah Garrett 7, Breanna Bush 6, Reece Stover 2, and Gracie Bush 1 point.

Hailey Wagner led Bledsoe County with 9 points.

By virtue of the win, the Lady Buffaloes advanced to the second round against Cookeville, who defeated CannonCounty 60-45 in the opening round, but found the strong Class AAA Lady Cavaliers a bit more than they could handle, as they fell  52-44.

Clarkrange had defeated the Lady Cavs in two previous meetings this year, but saw Cookeville defensive changes and made fewer offensive mistakes.

Cookeville’s guards hit five 3-pointers in the game, including one by Madison Gunter that sparked a late Lady Cav run that won the game.

Clarkrange had cut the lead to 39-35, with just over three minutes to play before the Lady Cavs made the run to pull back out for an 11 -point lead, and held on for the win.

The game was close all the way, as the teams were deadlocked at 12-12 at the end of the first period, and the Lady Buffaloes held a 1-point lead at the half, 22-21, before Cookeville came back with a 14-11 third period run to hold a 35-32 lead going into the final frame.

Kara Meadows led the Lady Buffaloes with 19 points in that game.

In the consolation game on  Thursday,   against Middle Tennessee Christian by the score of 49-38.

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Clarkrange Takes Two At The King’s Academy

In addition to the Lady Buffaloes playing in the Sonic Shootout in White County last week, on December 22, the Clarkrange teams traveled to Seymour to take on The King’s Academy, with the Lady Buffaloes posting a 79-44 win and the Buffaloes pulling out a 60-56 victory.

Clarkrange jumped out to an early lead behind a 9-point first period effort by Kara Meadows and led 20-9 at the end of the first period.

The Lady Buffaloes began raining 3-pointers in the second period, connecting on 6 of the bonus baskets, including three by Breanna Bush, to go on a 25-10 run to take a 45-19 first half advantage and never looked back, as they continued to pull away, outscoring their hosts 15-13 in the third period and 19-12 in the fourth to cruise to the 35-point win.

Clarkrange had eleven players in the scoring column, led by Breanna Bush with 16, followed by Kara Meadows with 15, Hannah Garrett 11, Emily Beaty and Emily Gray with 9 points each, Reece Stover 6, Charity Crabtree, Gracie Bush and Carragan Fields with 3 points each, and Amber Peterson and Bethany Conatser each adding 2 points.

Dharma Judd and Taylor Blythe shared scoring honors for Kings’ Academy with 12 points each.

In the boys game, Clarkrange pulled out to a 20-16 lead on the hot hand of Briley Stephens, who pumped in 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first period.

The game was close all the way, with Clarkrange still holding a 3-point advantage at the half, 29-26.

The teams continued to battle back and forth through the third period, with Clarkrange still hanging on to a slim 2-point advantage going into the final frame, 41-39.

The difference came in the fourth period when the Lions were forced to foul, and Clarkrange was a perfect  11 for 11 from the charity stripe, with Austin Monday hitting 6 of 6 and Ryan Miller 5 of 5, to hang on and post the 4-point win, 60-56.

For the game, Clarkrange hit 15 of 16 free throws.

In addition to Briley Stephens’ 17 points, Austin Monday added 15, Ryan Miller 10, and Cobe Hayes 9,  Sean Michalski 7, and Nick Hall 2 points.

J.R. Ntow led King’s Academy and was the game’s high scorer with 22 points, with Asharri Haynesworth adding 11 and Veliko Korac 10.

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