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Two One-Point Wins for Coffee County Basketball

In a game that was set up to be a classic was as good as advertised. Class 4-A’s #1 Blackman Lady Blaze took on 3rd ranked Coffee County in Manchester on Friday night. Coffee County lost to Blackman on November 28.

The student section was rocking on Friday night

 

After the 1st quarter the Blaze held a 14-12 lead and continued their 2-point advantage at halftime over the Lady Raiders, 26-24. In the 3rd Blackman gained their biggest lead of the game 34-25.

Coffee County began to chip away at the lead after an 11-2 run and the tie the score at 38 on Emaleigh Tarpley’s 3-point shot. close to the end of the 3rd quarter,

In a hard fourth fought quarter the Lady Raiders grabbed a 48-47 lead with 43 seconds remaining after Olivia Vinson hit Chloe Gannon with a beautiful pass that she laid in.

After a Coffee County turned the ball over with only a few seconds to go the Lady Blaze had a chance. A shot was missed, but a follow-up by Blackman’s Lauren Smith was good as time ran out, but did it count? A long discussion between the officials ended with the referees waving off the shot as time had run out. Later a video screenshot clearly showed the ball was still in the hands of Blackman’s Lauren Smith with no time left.

With the win Coffee County improved to 11-1 on the season and the Lady Blaze fell to 7-1.

The Lady Raiders were led in scoring by Chloe Gannon with 15 and Olivia Vinson added 11.

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In the boys’ game the Coffee County guys were also trying to avenge a loss to Blackman in November when they lost in Murfreesboro 49-40 in overtime.

Friday night the Red Raiders just kept grinding despite not shooting the ball at a high percent. The Blaze led by one, 15-14 at halftime and gained a 6-point lead in the second half.

Jackson Shemwell hit the winning free-throw against Blackman

Cooper Reed had the hot hand and helped Coffee County close. With the game tied at 29, Red Raider Jackson Shemwell hit a free-throw with 8 seconds left to give Coffee County the lead 30-29. After he missed the second shot Blackman could not get off a clean shot and the Raiders were able to win the low scoring battle to improve to 8-4 on the season as the Blaze fell to 3-4.

Reed led Coffee County with 13, with 11 coming in the second half. He scored 11 of the Raiders’ 16 in the final two quarters. Deion Subaran who took a hard fall the 3rd quarter had to sit out the rest of the game finished with 6 and Shemwell added 5.

Both Raider teams will travel to Rockvale on Monday and Tullahoma on Friday.

Top photo provided by Coffee County High School

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current General Manager Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (28 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,796 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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