The Clinton Lady Dragons opened last week with a rough outing, falling to visiting Oak Ridge by a score of 60-15.
After Nikki Jones scored to give Clinton a 2-0 lead at the 6:15 mark of the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats reeled off 15 unanswered points to end the quarter with a 13-point lead.
Oak Ridge opened the second quarter on a 11-2 run as Clinton struggled with numerous turnovers - many unforced. The Lady Wildcats held a 36-6 lead at halftime as Kinley Martin and Abby Szabo got into the scoring column for the Lady Dragons in the second quarter.
Clinton settled down somewhat in the third quarter as Jones buried a 3-pointer and Martin added three points but Oak Ridge pushed their lead to 47-12.
The Lady Wildcats closed out the game on a 13-3 run.
“This is not the first time we’ve seen the press. Every team we’ve played this year has run it and we’ve broken it with ease. It’s the name on the jersey...our girl’s mentality wasn’t there tonight. Our girls did not show up tonight,” said Alicia Phillips, head coach of the Lady Dragons.
Oak Ridge’s Mykia Dowdell led all scorers with 16 points.
OR 15 21 12 13 60
CHS 2 4 6 3 15
Oak Ridge — Mykia Dowdell (16), Jada Guinn (12), Jaymi Golden (8), Desiree Bates (8), Terrika Dean (4), Shaytrah Copeland (4), Khamari Mitchell-Steen (4), Taliah Davis (2)
CHS — Nikki Jones (5), Kinley Martin (5), Amaya Whitt (3), Abby Szabo (2)
The Lady Dragons dropped a district road game to Campbell County on Friday by a score of 58-41.
Both teams came out of the gates shooting the ball well but unfortunately for Clinton, the Lady Cougars shot the ball a little better as they took a 20-14 lead in the first quarter.
Joy, Jones, and Amaya Whitt scored for the Lady Dragons in the first quarter.
Campbell County got some separation in the second quarter as Clinton went cold from the floor. The Lady Cougars led 37-20 at halftime.
Martin knocked down a 3-pointer in the third quarter as the Lady Dragons cut into the Campbell County lead at 42-27.
That was as close as Clinton could get as the Lady Cougars pulled away in the fourth quarter.
“We cut it to 11 in the fourth quarter and had a few missed opportunities — a few missed threes that could have gone in. I think we missed eight points of wide-open layups in the fourth quarter that could have cut the lead tremendously but we were in the ballgame. We also didn’t rebound in the first half. We did much better in the second half,” Phillips said.
Skylar Boshears of Campbell County led all scorers with 21 points.
Whitt and Joy each scored 12 to lead the Lady Dragons.
CHS 14 6 7 14 41
CC 20 17 5 16 58
CHS — Amaya Whitt (12), Danyel Joy (12), Kinley Martin (8), Nikki Jones (7), Alayjah Whitt (2)
Campbell County — Skylar Boshears (21), Madison Brady (19), Emily Ellison (5), Macy Monday (4), Blair Medley (3), Kayleigh Jordan (2), Alyssa Brown (2), Myra Sexton (2)
The Lady Dragons return to action on Friday night when they host district foe Karns at 6 p.m. They visit Knox Central on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for another district matchup.