Lady Devils knock off Coalfield, 40-29

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By Marty Maston

 The Coalfield Yellow Jackets traveled to Harriman Thursday night for a rare late season non-district game. 

The Lady Jackets, playing without their two leading scorers, fell for the second time this season to the Lady Devils, this time by the score of 40-29. 

In the boys game, the Jackets used a second quarter push to pull away from the Blue Devils and win in convincing fashion, 74-47.

           Girls Game

The Lady Devils slowly pulled away from the Lady Jackets to win 40-29 as the Lady Jackets offense continued to struggle without their two leading scorers, Mackenzie Cox and Kaylea Foster. 

The Lady Devils used a big first quarter from freshman Jada Johnson to open up a 16-11 lead as she scored six points in the quarter while teammate Abby Higgins buried a three-pointer to extend the lead. 

Lady Jacket freshman Taylor Bird tried to keep the Lady Jackets close with six points of her own in the opening quarter.

The Lady Jackets managed only five points in the second quarter as Bird buried a three-pointer and Kelsi Walters made a layup late in the first half. 

The Lady Devils made three three-pointers in the second quarter to pull out to a 29-16 lead at the break.

The Lady Jackets scored just seven points in the third quarter, but they managed to close the deficit as Natalie Layne hit a three-pointer and Chelsea Berry scored on a rebound basket to help trim the lead to 34-23 after three quarters. 

Harriman’s Madison Duncan scored all five of her team’s points in the quarter.

The fourth quarter was not much for offense as the teams struggled to find the basket. The Lady Devils never made a fourth quarter field goal, but the Lady Jackets never got any closer than seven points.

 Lady Jacket sophomore Grace Hensley pulled her team within 36-29 with three minutes remaining, but that was as close as they would get and fell 40-29 to the Lady Devils. 

Harriman was 6-8 at the foul line in the fourth quarter for their only points of the quarter.

Coalfield (29) Bird 9, Layne 8, Hensley 7, Berry 3, Walters 2.

Harriman (40) Johnson 12, Duncan 7, Goldston 5, Boyd 5, Higgins 3, Goins 3, Crass 3, Sells 2.

Boys Game

The Jackets used two different runs in the opening half to double the Blue Devils score en route to a 74-47 win.

The Jackets used a 12-0 run late in the first quarter to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead as junior Peyton Hensley finished off the run with a jumper.

Ryan Hill scored five points in the opening quarter to lead the Jackets to a 15-8 lead after one quarter.

Harriman’s Jacob Gresham opened the second quarter scoring with a layup to cut the Jacket lead to 15-10 with 6:40 left in the opening half, but the Jackets responded with a flourish. Hensley hit two straight three-pointers and then Jason Lee and Brett Keener each scored four points in the run that led to a 40-21 halftime lead for the Jackets. 

Freshman John Johnson scored six points in the second quarter for the Devils.

The Jackets put the game away completely with a 14-2 spurt to open the second half as Lee and Hill combined for 10 points and Nathan Johnson finished off an impressive quarter for the Jackets with a short jumper to give them a 60-26 lead after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was an opportunity to get everybody involved as the Jackets opened up a 37-point lead and cruised to a 74-47 win over the Devils.

Coalfield (74) Hill 16, Lee 15,  Hensley 15, Keener 6, Hall 5, Russell 5, Osborne 4, Johnson 4, Ariaz 3, Seiber 1.

Harriman (47) Johnson 17, Gresham 8, Wampler 6, Jackson 4, Eleam 4, Williams 4, Wilkie 2, Nelson 2.