By Josh Parker
ONEIDA, TN (WLAF) – Tuesday night, the 2019-20 basketball season got underway with a trip to Oneida for Campbell County. Both Lady Cougars and Cougars suffered through dry spells on offense and lackluster defense, yet in both cases, both teams had opportunities to win down the stretch.The Lady Cougars were only able to muster 13 points in the first half against the Lady Indians, however. The locker room message from Coach Brad Honeycutt and his staff was heard loud and clear. In the second half, Campbell County outscored Oneida 37-28, falling 3 points short when the final horn sounded, losing 53-50. Madison Brady was the “Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Player of the Game,” putting up a double-double in her Senior season debut (22 points, 16 rebounds). Emily Ellison (18 points) provided the Community Health of East Tennessee Play of the game, with a defensive block on Oneida’s Chelsea Newport that sparked the Lady Cougar comeback. Alyssa Brown chipped in 6 points, Kayleigh Jordan contributed 3 points, and Macy Monday had 1 point.
The Cougars followed a similar trend in the final game of the night. The Cougars trailed most of the game, yet in the final seconds were within striking distance to defeat Oneida. Late in the first half, Campbell County tied it up with the Indians at 17-17, before Oneida went on a 10-0 run to end the half to take a 27-17 halftime lead to the locker room. Again, Coach Darrell Cox got the attention of the Cougars in the locker room, and the Cougars responded. Campbell County outscored Oneida 38-32 in the second half, falling just short by 4 points, losing 59-55. Jake Lane put up 22 points and pulled in 11 rebounds, giving the Senior a double-double for the night. Nate Walden scored 9 points for the Cougars while Spencer Boshears tallied 7 points, Seth Ward 3 points, Gavin Newman and Bryson Horton 2 points a piece, and Gavin Sexton 1 point. Jake Lane was the “Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Player of the Game,” and also had the CHET Play of the game, with a defensive steal in back court late that lead to a Horton layup, which cut he deficit to one possession.
Both the Lady Cougars and Cougars return to Scott County traveling to Huntsville on Saturday for the Scott High Play Day. The Cougars tip-off 1:50 and 4:30 pm with games against First Baptist Academy of Powell and Scott High. The Lady Cougars face region foe Bearden, and finish with the Lady Highlanders of Scott at 3:10 and 5:50 respectively.
The WLAF-B & M Tires Sports Network provides live televised coverage of all four games on Saturday over WLAF-TV 12, Roku TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Youtube and Facebook as well as over www.1450wlaf.com. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2019-6AM)