Lady Dawgs lose at Clarkrange; beat Friendship in close battle

 

The Clay County Lady Bulldogs stayed with defending state champ Clarkrange for three quarters before losing on the road, then came back to beat Friendship Christian in a close battle at home last week. 

 

The two-game split gave the Lady Dawgs a 6-1 overall record (1-1 in district play) heading into Tuesday night’s action against Gordonsville. 

 

The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to host Trousdale County Saturday evening, and to play in the annual Nera White holiday tournament after the Christmas break. 

 

Clarkrange………………76

Lady Dawgs…………….58

 

The defending state champs sealed the verdict with substantial margins in the second and final quarters, racking up 22 points in each of those.

 

The Lady Bulldogs kept it close in the first eight minutes, trailing 18-16 at the end of the quarter, but fell victim to a 22-9 spurt in the second quarter by the Lady Buffaloes. The score was 40-25 at intermission.

 

CCHS chipped away at the lead a bit in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to 10 at the end of the period, but a second 22-point quarter in the fourth pushed the margin out to 18 at the final horn. The Lady Dawgs were within double figures early in the final eight minutes. 

 

The two teams combined for a whopping 20 three-point goals in the game. Sydney Roach and Sarah Ogletree combined for nine for CCHS, while five Lady Buffaloes combined for 11 treys. 

 

Roach and Ogletree had 37 points between them as double-figure scorers, while four Lady Buffaloes, led by Molly Heady’s 23, hit double digits. 

 

LADY DAWGS (58)-Brown 3, Roach 19, S. Ogletree 18, E. Ogletree 3, Kimes 8, Burnette 5, Key 2.

 

Lady Dawgs…………..51

Friendship…………….49

 

The CCHS girls rebounded from their tough loss on the road at Clarkrange to win their sixth game of the season. 

 

Roach came up with a couple of steals late in the contest to turn the tide, and CCHS nailed several important free throws down the stretch to cement the win. 

 

The Lady Dawgs got off to a good start offensively, outscoring the visitors 21-14 in the first quarter, but they were then unable to match that point total over the next two periods combined. 

 

Friendship outscored Clay 13-5 in the second quarter to take a one-point lead (27-26) at the half. 

 

The lid continued to stay on a bit in the third quarter for CCHS, as FCS outscored them 14-10 to take a five-point lead after three. 

 

As they had in the first quarter, the Lady Dawgs outscored the Lady Commanders by seven, 15-8, in the final eight minutes to squeak out the victory.

 

Rachel Burnette led the scoring with 16 points, while Roach added 11. Seven Lady Dawgs dented the scoring column.

 

LADY DAWGS (51)-Brown 2, Burnette 16, Roach 11, S. Ogletree 6, E. Ogletree 4, Kimes 9, Key 3.

 

 

PLAYING "D"-Lady Bulldog Mackenzie Hamilton plays tight defense at the point in the CCHS win over Friendship Christian. (Photo courtesy Doug Strong)

PLAYING "D"-Lady Bulldog Mackenzie Hamilton plays tight defense at the point in the CCHS win over Friendship Christian. (Photo courtesy Doug Strong)