The AP 3rd-ranked Coffee County Lady Raiders dominated the Franklin County Rebelettes on Tuesday night in Manchester.
The Lady Raiders only held a 7-point lead after the first quarter (14-7) but pulled away in the 2nd quarter as they took a 40-14 advantage to the dressing room at halftime. The Coffee County lead jumped to 46 (67-21) at the end of the 3rd quarter, and the mercy rule was enforced in the 4th quarter. The Lady Raider went on to win the District 6 Class 4-A matchup 72-30.
It was Senior Night, and Senior Chloe Gannon had a big night with 23 points. Her sister, Sophomore Channah Gannon, finished with 13. Senior Alivia Reel had 11 points, the other two seniors, Emaleigh Tarpley, chipped in with 8, and Jalie Ruehling finished with 6 points.
Coffee County improved to 27-1 overall and 5-0 in district play.
In boys’ action, Franklin County was 20 of 35 at the foul line, and Coffee County only shot 8 total free throws, making 7. The significant advantage helped the Rebels overcome the Raiders’ efforts in a 51-45 district win.
Franklin County was able to grab a 29-19 halftime lead before leading by as many as 16 in the second half. The Rebels held off a late rally by Coffee County for the win and put both teams at 3-2 in district play. Franklin County improved to 10-13 overall, and the Raiders fell to 16-7. Both teams have one game remaining in district play.
Warren County only has one loss in District play, but they have two games left. Their game against Shelbyville on Tuesday night was postponed.
Jackson Shemwell had a huge night for Coffee County as he ripped the nets for 20 points, followed by Senior Jahlin Osborne with 14 points. Osborne will sign this week to play college football for Austin Peay.
Sam Vincent led Franklin County with 15 points, and his teammate Kaleb Rigsby finished with 11 points.
Coffee County will travel to Warren County on Friday, and Franklin County will take on Shelbyville. The District 6 Class 4-A Tournament will begin the week of February 13 in Manchester.
Coffee County celebrated Seniors in basketball, cheerleading, and dance on Tuesday night. Photo by Justus Turner