Lady Blaze tip-off season

Coalfield won the inaugural game for the Clinton City School Lady Blaze on Thursday evening by a score of 32-21.

It was not a bad opener for the new program as they faced a Coalfield junior varsity featuring not several seventh graders but several big seventh graders.

The Lady Yellow Jackets outscored The Lady Blaze in the first quarter 14-2. Clinton’s Lanee Carmichael picked up the first basket in the history of the program at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter.

The Lady Blaze settled down a bit in the second quarter on both ends of the floor as their defense and rebounding picked up.

Allie York converted a traditional three-point play and added another basket in the quarter to help cut the Lady Jackets lead to 20-8 at halftime.

The Lady Blaze lived up to their name in the third quarter as they came out fire outscoring Coalfield 10-5. York and Baily Burroughs each knocked down a 3-pointer to help pull CCS to within striking distance as the Lady Jackets led 25-18 at the end of three quarters.

Carmichael opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointers to close the deficit to 25-21 but that was as close as The Lady Blaze would get.

Coalfield reeled off seven unanswered points down the stretch and shooting cooled for CCS.

“I think we were a little nervous it was the first game and it was on TV, so yes, our nerves got to us a little,” said Terri Kerley, head coach of The Lady Blaze.

“I think they’ll gain great confidence from this and realize they need to step it up a little but sooner. I’m really proud of my girls, they did a great job playing against mostly seventh graders. I was really pleased,” she said.

York led The Lady Blaze with 12 points.

CCS returns to action on Saturday, when they host Cherokee at 2:30 p.m.

CMS 14 6 5 7 32

CCS 2 6 5 7 21

Coalfield — Kandence Jackson (17), Hailey Fritts (4), Trinity Basler (4), Lydia Byrd (2), Emma Walls (2)

CCS — Allie York (12), Lanee Carmichael (6), Bailey Burroughs (3), Syndey Herrell (1), Dallen Harrison (2)