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Kingston sweeps in nondistrict action between Jackets’ teams

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By Brian Langley

One thing was certain in John Jackson Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday night: Yellow Jackets were going to win.

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Kingston invaded Coalfield and came home with a sweep in nondistrict basketball action.

Kingston chalked up a 57-44 win in girls action, while the Kingston boys earned a 62-57 win.

GIRLS GAME

After falling behind by double digits in the first half, Kingston took control of the game late in the second quarter for the 57-44 road win.

Coalfield jumped out to a 10-4 lead halfway through the first quarter with Samantha Hamby scoring 8 points. Coalfield's Alaina Jordan finished the quarter by draining an 18-footer at the buzzer to give her team a 17-7 advantage.

Kingston's Christina Neal and Makayla Cordell combined to hit four 3-point baskets in the second quarter to help their team take a 23-21 lead. Kingston led 28-25 at halftime.

Kingston's Makaisha Fuller scored 8 points in the third quarter to help her team take a 39-32 lead into the final period.

Coalfield made a good run early in the fourth quarter and got as close as 43-39, but Kingston used a 14-5 run during the final four minutes of the game to pull away for the victory.

The victory was helped by a 40-29 advantage in rebounds.  

Kingston was led by the scoring trio of Makaisha Fulller (14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals), Makayla Cordell (14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Brooke Smith (12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks). Christina Neal added 9 points, 5 steals and 4 rebounds.

Coalfield was paced by the duo of Alaina Jordan (16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds) and Samantha Hamby (15 points, 6 rebounds). Keisha Richardson chipped in 5 points. Erika Foster (6 rebounds, 6 steals) and Tara McNeal (6 steals, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) also scored for Coalfield.  

KINGSTON (57): Makaisha Fuller 14, Makayla Cordell 14, Brooke Smith 12, Christina Neal 9, Allison Mossing 5, Molly Eason 2 and Mica Gaines 1. Three-pointers (5)-Cordell 2, Neal 2 and Fuller 1.

COALFIELD (44); Alaina Jordan 16, Samantha Hamby 15, Keisha Richardson 5, Erika Foster 4 and Tara McNeal 4. Three-pointers (3)-Hamby 3.

BOYS GAME

The Roane County Yellow Jackets overcame a 3-point parade by Coalfield for the win. The game was close throughout. Neither team ever led by more than 8 points.

Coalfield made nine 3-point baskets.  

Coalfield used 15 points and a trio of three-pointers from Cody Duncan and Dillon Wilson for a 19-18 lead in the first quarter. Kingston's Jordan Huddleston scored 9 points to keep the game close.

The Roane County Jackets took the lead in the second quarter by outscoring their Morgan County counterparts 21-13. The Jackets led 39-32 at halftime. Aaron Fielden scored 6 points. Coalfield's Wilson hit a pair of 3-pointers and Cody Hill added another 3-point basket to keep the home team within striking distance.

Wilson came out on fire in the third quarter and hit a couple more 3-pointers to pull Coalfield within 39-38. Kingston then won the rest of the quarter by a 13-9 count to give them a 52-47 edge with one quarter left.

The Hill brothers made a charge early in the fourth quarto help Coalfield pull within 55-53. Kingston closed the game strong as Fielden scored 4 points and Robbie Szozda and Lucas Clower each added 3 points in the final period for the hard fought victory.

Kingston held a 35-31 edge in rebounds and used an 8-4 advantage in made free throws to help secure the victory.  

Kingston was powered by the talented trio of Aaron Fielden (19 points, 4 rebounds), Jordan Huddleston (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Robbie Szozda (10 points, 5 assists, 3 steals). Derek Basler added 7 points, while Darren Mossing chipped in 5 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Coalfield was led by the junior duo of Dillon Wilson (27 points, 6 rebounds) and Cody Hill (13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals). Cody Duncan (9 points) and Ryan Hill (4 points, 8 rebounds) also played well for the home team in the loss.

KINGSTON (62): Aaron Fielden 19, Jordan Huddleston 18, Robbie Szozda 10, Derek Basler 7, Darren Mossing 5 and Lucas Clower 3. Three-pointers (4)-Fielden 1, Huddleston 1, Szozda 1 and Basler 1.

COALFIELD (57): Dillon Wilson 27, Cody Hill 13, Cody Duncan 9, Ryan Hill 4, Trevor Bogard 2 and Jacob Powers 2. Three-pointers (9)-Wilson 6, Duncan 2 and C. Hill 1.