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By JACE GREENE
Friday brought temperatures that Roane County hasn't seen in a while as on the outside things heated up a little. Roane State’s basketball teams brought the heat indoors as both squads picked up victories over Jackson State in TCCAA play.
The Raiderettes picked up an 82-68 victory, while the Raiders grabbed an 81-75 victory.
The ladies of Roane State put together a complete game, 82-68 victory over the Lady Generals of Jackson State.
This was in large part because of Ashley Cox. The sophomore guard had 29 points in the contest, but Jackson State's Nikki Cole also got in the twenties by putting up 20.
Fortunately for Cox, her teammates were able to help her out and they grabbed the victory.
Even though the Raiderettes ended the game with a good size scoring margin between them and the Lady Generals, it wasn't always that way.
At the 16:27 mark of the first half, the score was 9-4 in favor of Roane State as Nicole Hassler had seven of those points. The Raiderettes were able to keep their distance with the Lady Generals, having an 18-8 lead at the 13-minute mark of the first half.
The waters started to get choppy for head coach Monica Boles and her squad as they were forced to take a time out with three minutes left in the half with a 5-point lead, 27-22. The Lady Generals kept applying the pressure and grabbed a 36-34 lead at halftime.
Cox had 20 of her 29 in the second half and that’s exactly how the Raiderettes grabbed the lead with 16:29 left in the game. Cox scored the first nine points of the half before the Lady Generals could even catch their breath.
Roane State pushed the lead to 52-39 with 13:15 remaining, which caused the Lady Generals to call a time out.
The rest of the game was smooth sailing for Roane State as they coasted to a 82-68 victory.
Besides Cox, Hassler (13 points) scored in double digits for the Raiderettes.
Roane State (82) Young 5, Cox 29, Hassler 13, Bell 9, Gallaher 2, Freeman 6, Bennett 2, Shauntae Brown 5, Cordell 5, Shanae Brown 6.
Ashley Cox was the leader of all scorers Friday night, but Roane State's Greg Murphy was right behind her with 28 in leading the Raiders to a hard-fought 82-68 victory over the Generals.
It took the Raiders until the 17:47 mark to score when Rod Drummond hit a shot and took the game to 4-2 in favor of the visiting team. Murphy later hit back-to-back shots to bring the Raiders within one at 13-12. Jackson State distanced themselves with a 22-14 lead with 8:20 remaining in the half.
Coach Randy Nesbit of the Raiders called a time out with four minutes left in the half down 36-23. It seemed to help the Raiders a little as they went into the half down 40-34.
Murphy hit a buzzer beater 3-point shot for the Raiders to give them some momentum going into halftime.
It only took the Raiders two minutes to tie the game up at 41-41, in part to Murphy putting up a quick five points. Nygel Gates gave the Raiders a 43-41 lead at the 16-minute mark by slamming a ball down.
The Generals fought back and took the lead again from the Raiders, but a Murphy 3-pointer it brought followed by Cam Porter scoring nine fast points on three quick 3-pointers gave the Raiders a 65-57 advantage with 12:20 left in the game.
The closest the Generals got after that was 72-70 with three minutes left, but they could never get any closer as the Raiders picked up a 81-75 victory.
Murphy (28 points), Rod Drummond (11 points), Porter (15 points) and Gates (19 points) all had double digits for the Raiders.
Robert Sawyers (17 points), Broderick Davis (16 points), Jamichael McKinnie (13 points) and Eric Waddle (14 points) had double digits for the Generals.
Roane State (81) Drummond 11, Porter 15, Foster 4, Murphy 28, Hed-Taqi 1, Gates 19, Ferguson 3.