The East girls’ basketball team struggled for offense in the first quarter, falling behind 14-2, before losing a 33-28 home matchup at home to North Monday.

The Lady Panthers netted just 10 more points in the second quarter, before adding just two more points in the third period to trail 29-14 heading into the final period of play. East put up 14 points in the final quarter, but North was able to hold on for the victory.

Nyjah Gibbs led the Lady Panthers in scoring, putting up 12 points. McLayne Bobo and Katelyn Daniels each scored six points, while Aniya Grizzard had three points. Audrey Todaro rounded out the scoring for East with a free throw.

Four days earlier, after leading 7-5 late in the first quarter, the Coffee County Middle School girls basketball team went on a 12-0 run and grabbed control on its way to a 54-32 win over East in Tullahoma Thursday.

That run allowed the Lady Raiders to take a 19-5 advantage near the four minute mark of the first half. However, East continued battling back after Gibbs knocked down three baskets for the Lady Panthers.

Todaro went on to add a late basket for East as well. Coffee County added eight more points as before the period concluded, taking a 27-13 lead into halftime.

Gibbs went on to add another six points in the third quarter for East. Todaro put up three points, while Grizzard added two points.

However, Coffee County took control in the third quarter. Olivia Vinson netted six points in the third quarter, helping put the Lady Raiders in front 43-24 heading into the final period of play.

Bella Lawson added four points in the third quarter for Coffee County. Addie Sartain, Channah Gannon and Taylor Anthony each scored two points in third period.

Vinson went on to score eight of Coffee County’s 11 points in the fourth quarter. She knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, while adding another field goal.

Kyler Whitely added a late basket and a free throw to round out the scoring in the final period for the Lady Raiders.

Vinson led the Lady Raiders in scoring, netting 20 points. Gannon added 11 points for Coffee County, while Sartain scored eight points. Taylor Anthony added five points, while Lawson scored four points. Natalie Barnes and Whitely rounded out the scoring, after each netted three points.

Gibbs led East in scoring with 16 points, while Todaro finished with seven points. Bobo, Grizzard and Jaidyn Johnson each finished with three points.


Second half dooms Panthers in loss

In the boys’ game on Monday, East kept up with North in the first half, but scored just 14 points in the second half, losing a 46-34 home matchup to the Gators.

At halftime, the Panthers trailed 22-20. However, North gained control with 16 points in the third quarter, opening up a 38-28 advantage, before going on to capture the victory.

Jerel Sheffield led the Panthers in scoring, netting nine points. Jalen Hill added eight points, while Malik Grizzard scored six points.

Jacob Sanchez added five points for East, while Keegan Taylor scored four points. Jaiden Sanchez rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with two points.

After a tightly contested first half on Thursday, the Coffee County Middle School boys basketball team took control in the third quarter, going on to notch a 54-42 over East in Tullahoma.

At the end of the third quarter, the Raiders led 42-28. However, the Panthers wouldn’t go away, closing its deficit to 42-35. Grizzard and Hill did the bulk of the scoring during that run for East.

Coffee County responded with an 8-0 run of its own, taking a commanding 50-35 lead with 2:20 left on the clock. Cooper Reed knocked down a pair of baskets, while Ethan Hargrove and Cotter Neel each added a field goal for the Raiders.

Hargrove went on to add three free throws in the final two minutes for Coffee County. Reed then added a free throw of his own to lead the Raiders to the victory.

East lead 8-7 with two minutes remaining in the opening period. Coffee County ended the first quarter on a 4-1 run, taking an 11-8 advantage into the second quarter.

East evened the score at 11 early in the second period. The Raiders then countered with an 8-1 run to gain some separation and take a 19-12 advantage with three minutes left in the first half.

The Panthers went on to outscore Coffee County 9-7 the remainder of the second quarter. The Raiders took a 26-21 advantage into halftime.

Hargrove led the Raiders in scoring, netting 19 points. Reed also finished with double figures, putting up 16 points. Jackson Shemwell added six points for Coffee County, while Neel finished with five points and Brendon Sheppard and Brennon Young each totaled four points.

Grizzard led East with 14 points, while Hill added 11 points. Sheffield netted six points, while Keegan Taylor and Jaiden Sanchez each scored five points, while Khani Johnson made a free throw.

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