CCHS Basketball teams win district consolation games


Lady Dawgs…………..63

Pickett Co……………..49

LIVINGSTON-The Clay County Lady Bulldogs took the third place trophy in the District 7-A tournament with a 63-49 win over Pickett County here last week in the conference tourney’s consolation game.

The Lady Dawgs doubled up the Lady Bobcats in the first quarter of play 12-6 and then increased their lead to 35-19 by the time the halftime buzzer sounded behind a trio of three-point baskets by Allie Brown and a scoring flurry courtesy of Sydney Roach and Mackenzie Hamilton.

The game was never in question as Clay County was up by 24 at one point in the third quarter and finished the game winning by 14.

Roach had a big game with 18, Hamilton finished with 14, and Brown also hit the double-digit mark with 10.

“We played great for two quarters,” coach Joe Sims said, “but we came out slow in the first and then didn’t finish very well in the fourth–but we won and that’s what mattered.”

LADY DAWGS (63)-Roach 18, Hamilton 14, Brown 10, Rachel Burnette 6, Casey Cooper 6, Hannah Ogletree 4, Mattie Monroe 3, Emma Ogletree 2.

Photos courtesy of Doug Strong

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Jackson Co……………44

LIVINGSTON-Thanks to great play from three sophomores, the Clay County Bulldogs won their District 7-A tournament consolation game here last week over rival Jackson County by a whopping 18 points to finish third in the conference.

Underclassmen Corey Hamilton (16), Dylan Carter (13), and Jake Edwards (12) led the Dawgs in scoring and to victory with their relentless play.

“That was the story of the game,” coach Rob Edwards said.  “Those young guys really played hard and it paid off for us.”

Hamilton got his groove going early putting up half of his total in the first quarter to help the Dawgs outscore the Blue Devils 20-12 in the opening stanza.

With the eight-point lead in hand, Clay County increased it to 13 before Jackson County woke up a bit.

Behind eight straight points from District MVP Jordan Godwin, the Blue Devils narrowed the CCHS lead to five, but the Bulldogs responded with a flurry of their own.

They went on a seven to two run to end the half behind good inside play from Carter, who had seven points in the quarter, and pushed their margin back to 10 as the halftime buzzer sounded.

Hamilton had 13 of his points in the first two quarters, while Carter had nine, and Edwards had yet to score–which changed nearly as quick as the second half began.

A lay-up and a basket from long-range by Edwards, paired with three from the line by Trent Boles, and another bucket from Carter put CCHS up by an even dozen.

Godwin then made another three-pointer to make the score 50-41 to end the back-and-forth third frame.

The same type play was seen for half of the final period before Boles put the dagger in Jackson County.

The senior, who had been quiet the whole game, nailed back-to-back bombs from three-point range for force a Blue Devil timeout and take his team’s lead to 16.

Carter then made a couple from the charity stripe and Edwards scored his final two taking the margin to 20 and giving coach Edwards the opportunity to empty his bench.

A made three by Jackson County and a free throw by Jacob Marcom made the final margin 18.

DAWGS (60)-Hamilton 16, Carter 13, Edwards 12, Boles 12, Dylan Birdwell 5, Jordan Strong 4, Matt Copeland 4, Marcom 1.

Photos courtesy of Doug Strong

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