TOP PHOTO: Lady Cougars huddle around Coach Jason Kitts. (PHOTO COURTESY OF EMMY STANFILL … INSTAGRAM: shotssbyyem)
By Clayton Carroll
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Lady Cougars hosted the Walker Valley Lady Mustangs on Tuesday at John R. W. Brown Gymnasium for the final home game of the 2023 calendar year. Campbell, 10 and 1 on the year, was looking for one final win against the 5 and 5 Mustangs before making next week’s post-Christmas trip to Pensacola for a three day tourney.
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Before the varsity Lady Cougars would be unleashed against the Mustangs, the JV Lady Cougars had a battle with Walker Valley. In a back-and-forth affair, the JV Lady Cougars prevailed against the Mustangs, 41-35. Leading in regards to the scoring column for the Orange-and-Blue was Reagan Davis, who tallied an impressive 18 points. Both Preslee Chapman and Olivia Douglas racked up 8 points. Abby Paul scored three points, and Maggie Herrin and Courtney Smith both had 2 points apiece.
It was now the varsity Lady Cougars turn to take the floor. The Lady Cougars burst out of the starting gate, leading at one point in the first quarter 15-2. The Mustangs would narrow the lead down to ten at the end of the first frame, 18-8.
The second quarter would belong to the Mustangs however. Walker Valley outpaced Campbell 20-10, knotting things up at 28 heading into the halftime break.
Throughout the contest, Campbell’s Saylor Hutcheson, and the “Splash Sisters”, Jayden and Carley Kitts would sink some big time threes. This continues in the third, propelling the Lady Cougars back in front of the Mustangs 44-35 after three quarters.
Heading into the homestretch, Campbell’s horsepower would prove too much for the Mustangs to handle. The Lady Cougars hung on for the victory 53-43.
Campbell tacks yet another “W” into the win column, advancing to 11-1 on the year. As for Walker Valley, they fall to 5-6.
Three Lady Cougars tallied double digits in the contest. The foremost scorer for the Orange-and-Blue was Saylor Hutcheson. Hutch, for the second game in a row, rallied for 14 points; 12 of which came from behind the arc. Carley Kitts was second in the scoring column with 13. Jayden Kitts, your local realtor Gage Dople player of the game had 11 points. Lacey Pemberton was a point away from double digits; she had 9, and Bella Lester and Reagan Davis scored 3 points apiece. Destiny Rutherford, Preslee Chapman, Aleeah Woodson, and Reagan Stanfill all played but did not score.
Head Coach Jason Kitts was overall happy with how the team played Tuesday. He said that once the team figured out Walker Valley’s defense and starting making shots, the team really got rolling. Kitts mentioned the fact that every Lady Cougar can shoot the basketball well. He said that the team just wants to get the ball to the “hot hand.” He said “in the first half it was Saylor (Hutch)…the first game in Florida it could be Bella (Lester) and Lacey (Pemberton).
Speaking of Florida, next up for the Lady Cougars is a trip down to Gulf Breeze (Pensacola) for the three-day Innisfree Hotels Beach Basketball Tournament. Clayton Carroll brings you all the audio only coverage from the Sunshine State over the WLAF Doyle’s Tire Sports Network.
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(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 12-19-2023-9PM)