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Lady Jackets defeat Harriman

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By The Staff

By BRIAN LANGLEY

Morgan County News

   COALFIELD—Coalfield’s high school basketball teams opened up their 2008-09 season by hosting Harriman in a pair of TSSAA-sanctioned Hall-of-Fame games last Thursday.

    The Lady Jackets proved they belong in the among the District 4-A favorites with an impressive 57-48 win over Harriman, while Coalfield’s boys dropped a 65-33 loss to a talented Blue Devil team.

    GIRLS GAME

    The Coalfield Lady Jackets ended Harriman’s season in the first round of the regional tournament last season and they tipped off the 2008-09 basketball season with a 57-48 victory over the Lady Blue Devils in a TSSAA Hall-of-Fame game last Thursday evening in John Jackson Memorial Gymnasium.

    Only two days after Harriman had earned a 21-point win over Sunbright, Carmen Hines’ Coalfield squad got some revenge for their Morgan County rivals with a 9-point triumph at home.

    The Lady Jackets used 15 steals and 20-9 edge at the free throw line to secure their first win of the season.

    “We got a lot of steals in the press and Tara McNeal came in and played a very important role for us tonight and got everybody going defensively. We like to press and run different ones and that really did help us get going up and down the floor,” offered Hines.

    Coalfield jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter behind a stifling press. Junior sharp-shooter Tallesse Jones fired in a pair of three-pointers in the opening minutes of the game to spark the Lady Jackets early on. Olivia Scarbrough added five points in the first quarter to help CHS to a 16-6 lead after one.

    Harriman stormed back with a 14-2 run to take a 20-18 lead late in the second quarter with post Kiersten Douglass scoring nine points in the second quarter to lead the charge for the visitors. At the break, the Lady Blue Devils led 22-21.

    The two teams played even during the third quarter at 13 a piece as HHS took a slim 35-34 advantage into the fourth quarter. Whitney Walls scored seven during the third to keep Coalfield close. Scarbrough fired in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Jackets some momentum going into the final period.

    Coalfield then took control of the game during the fourth quarter and outscored Harriman 23-13 to take a 57-48 win. Walls scored seven more points in the final quarter and the Lady Jackets hit 11 of 19 freebies in the last eight minutes to help them notch the win over HHS.

    “We had a good start. The second quarter and the third quarter was a little scary, but we picked it back up in the fourth quarter,” said Hines.

    “We didn’t do very well from the free throw line, but we hit some (free throws) down at the end when we needed to and that is what matters. We will get better as we play some more.”

    “There is a lot of things we need to work on and I promise you that we will be working on them.”

    Coalfield won the game despite getting beat on the boards by a 51-39 advantage.

    “They (Harriman) really hurt us on the boards. They crashed the boards and we didn’t box out like we needed to. They have some good athletes and they made some really good jumpers off the move,” offered Hines.

    The Lady Jackets were led by the junior trio of Whitney Walls (16 points, 7 rebounds), Tallesse Jones (14 points, 6 boards) and Olivia Scarbrough (12 points, 10 rebounds). Alaina Jordan (9 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals) had a great floor game for Coalfield, while Tara McNeal (4 steals) and Chelsey Landrum (3 steals) each chipped in 3 points.

    “I challenged my guards this week that we needed some people to step up from the outside. Tallesse Jones stepped up tonight and got us started and did a really good job,” said Hines.

    Harriman was paced by the 1-2 punch of Shantel Boyd (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Kiersten Douglass (13 points, 18 rebounds).

    LADY JACKETS (57): Whitney Walls 16, Tallesse Jones 14, Olivia Scarbrough 12, Alaina Jordan 9, Chelsey Landrum 3 and Tara McNeal 3. Three-pointers (3)—Jones 2 and Scarbrough 1.

BOYS GAME

    After suffering a heart-breaking three-point loss to Sunbright only two nights before, Harriman bounced back and trounced Coalfield 65-33 in high school boys basketball action last Thursday night.

    The Blue Devils (1-1) saw 11 players score as they ruined Coalfield’s season-opener by 32 points.

    Coalfield, which is looking to improve on last season’s 1-22 record, played well for most of the first quarter before the Blue Devils took control of the game and took home their first win of the season.

    Harriman led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter with Mitch Kyker firing in seven points off the bench. Coalfield’s Michael Lopez scored five points in the opening stanza, including a three-pointer, to lead the home team.

    HHS used a 14-6 edge in the second period to build a 32-14 lead at the half.

    The Blue Devils then put the game away with a 22-7 edge in the third quarter to push the lead to 54-21 with only one quarter left.

    Ted McKinney’s Coalfield team then finished the game strong by taking the final quarter by a 12-11 count to slice the final deficit to 65-33 as junior Dalton Roberts knocked in a three-pointer from 35-feet at the final horn to highlight the quarter.

    Harriman used a 37-28 edge on the backboards and had 15 steals to help them cruise to the 65-33 road victory.  

    The Blue Devils were powered by Mitch Kyker’s game-high 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Darius Gallaher (9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Dimitrique Inman (8 points, 6 assists, 3 boards) played well for the Devils.

    Coalfield was paced by Taylor Newberry’s 9 points and 3 rebounds. Michael Lopez (7 rebounds) and Ryan Norris each added 5 points, while Cody Hill (4 rebounds), Austin Hicks (3 boards) and Dalton Roberts (3 rebounds) each chipped in 4 points for the Jackets.  

    JACKETS (33): Taylor Newberry 9, Michael Lopez 5, Ryan Norris 5, Austin Hicks 4, Cody Hill 4, Dalton Roberts 4 and Jacob Powers 2. Three-pointers (4)—Newberry 2, Lopez 1 and Roberts 1.