District basketball play opened on Tuesday night as Coffee County hosted Shelbyville.
In girls’ action, the Lady Raiders took a big lead into the dressing room at halftime, 43-21, and ran away in the second half to improve to 23-1 and 1-0 in district play.
Freshman Natalie Barnes had a great shooting night as she hit six three-pointers to lead Coffee County in scoring with 22 points. Senior Emaleigh Tarpley played well in the paint, adding 16 points. Olivia Vinson chipped in with 9, followed by Chloe’s Gannon 8 points.
Paige Blackburn led Shelbyville with 10.
In the boys’ game, it was tight throughout. The Red Raiders grabbed an 8-7 after the 1st quarter, and it remained a 1-point game at the half as Coffee County led the Eagles 16-15.
Both teams shot the ball much better in the second half. The Raiders upped their advantage to 36-27 after 3 quarters and led by as many as 11 in the second half, only to see Shelbyville fight back. The 4th quarter was very intense, but in the end, Coffee County (13-5/1-0) was able to pull out the 51-47 district win.
Jackson Shemwell had a big night for the Red Raiders as he pumped in 19 points, followed by Deion Suburan with 15, and Jahlin Osborne added 7 points.
Shelbyville was led by Joe Harris with 19 points. He had 15 in the second half.
Coffee County will travel to Franklin County for a doubleheader on Friday night. You can hear the games on Rooster 101.5, www.rooster1015.com, or the Rooster 101.5 app.
Top picture: Dayne Crosslin looks to pass in Tuesday’s game.