Turnovers seal fate in longtime rivalry
“We committed 31 turnovers while they committed only five and most of ours’ resulted in Oak Ridge baskets,” Phillips said. “When we did score, we had trouble getting back on defense quickly and they are a team able to drive downcourt fast to score.”
After trailing 17-7 after one period, the Lady Dragons’ frustrations continued during the second period
as Oak Ridge outscored Clinton 20-9 to build a 37-16 halftime advantage.
The Lady Ridgers were up 60-28 after three periods.Khomacki Mitchell-Steen’ 25 points paced the Lady Wildcats. Sarah Burton’s 20 topped the Lady Dragons.
Oak Ridge improved to 22-4 and 11-1 in the district. The Lady Wildcats’ lone district loss occurred last Tuesday when they were beaten by Powell 57-54 at home.
The Lady Dragons finished last week 13-11 overall and 6-5 in the district.
The Clinton teams were scheduled to host Powell Tuesday and visit Anderson County Friday. Next week concludes the regular season with three home doubleheaders – Monday vs. Pigeon Forge, Tuesday hosting Morristown West and Thursday playing on the Don. W. Lockard court against Hardin Valley.
Action starts at 6 p.m. each day.
The district tournament opens the following week at Oak Ridge.