Clay County High School vs Clarkrange

Photos courtesy of Doug Strong

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Lady Dawgs…………..52

Clarkrange…………….59

Clarkrange has become the Lady Dawgs’ nemesis this season after they beat Clay County in overtime earlier this year and knocked them off again by the score of 59-52 over in Fentress County last Thursday night, but CCHS will have another shot at them this Friday night as they face off in the conference semi-finals.

“That’s the game that matters,” coach Joe Sims said referring to the tournament match-up.  “It didn’t really matter if we won or not last week, because two plays three either way.

“If we would’ve won, we would still be playing them in the opening round.”

Despite the game meaning nothing as far as the tournament was concerned, both teams battled like it was their last meeting.

Clay County outscored the Lady Buffaloes in the first quarter 17-9, but Clarkrange returned the favor in the second outpacing the Lady Bulldogs 15-7 to even the score at the half at 24.

The third period ended up being the difference in the game.  The Lady Buffaloes had the advantage by seven when it was over and, after an even fourth quarter, the game ended with the same margin being the difference.

Sydney Roach was again Clay County’s leading scorer with 16, while Casey Cooper was the only other double-digit performer with 10.

Allie Brown and Mackenzie Hamilton had nine each, and Rachel Burnette rounded out the scorers’ list for CCHS with eight.

Dawgs…………………..69

Clarkrange……………..66

The score was just six to four at the end of the first quarter in the Clay County versus Clarkrange game over in Fentress County last Thursday night, but Trent Boles changed all of that as he went on to put up a whopping 35 points that included eight made three-point field goals in the 69-66 overtime win over the Buffaloes.

After three pretty even periods, both teams scored 25 in the fourth quarter, including three that came in dramatic fashion from Boles.

With his team down by that margin and time running out, the senior nailed a deep triple to send the game into the extra period.

There Clay County outscored Clarkrange nine to six and took their sixth District 7-A win of the season and a shared portion of the regular-season conference title.

DAWGS (69)-Boles 35, Dylan Birdwell 12, Jordan Strong 8, Dylan Carter 6, Corey Hamilton 4, Dusty Birdwell 2, Matt Copeland 2.