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Lady Dragons suffer first district loss

  • Clinton’s Ashaunti Davis makes a bold move through the lane against Halls Friday night. - Ken Leinart

  • Clinton’s Bailey Burroughs works her way inside for a shot against Halls Friday night. - Ken Leinart

The Clinton Lady Dragons fell at Cocke County by a score of 88-67.

“We shot it well initially; we just kind of went cold toward the fourth quarter,” said Alicia Phillips, head coach of the Lady Dragons.

“It was a long road trip and we were winded by the time we got up there,” she said. “Cocke County is one of the best ball teams that we’ve played all year. They’re a great basketball team.”

Sarah Burton led Clinton with 24 points, while Ally York added 15 and Sydney Herrell had 12 points.

CHS - Sarah Burton (24), Ally York (15), Sydney Herrell (12), Belle Starnes (6), Bailey Burroughs (4), Ashaunti Davis (4), Autumn Hill (2)

On Friday, the Lady Dragons suffered their first district loss when they fell at Halls by a score of 67-49.

“We did not look like the Lady Dragons we’ve seen all year long,” Phillips said.

“We were very sluggish, lethargic,” he said. “I don’t know if it was where we were out of our routine of going to school and going to a game. I don’t know what it was about Friday night. It was by far the worst game we have played all year.”

Clinton fell behind 18-5 in the first quarter as the Lady Red Devils lit up the scoreboard.

The Lady Dragons’ offense woke up in the second quarter as Burton, York, Belle Starnes, Bailey Burroughs, Ashaunti Davis, and Addison Delcarmen each scored to trim the Halls advantage to 34-24 at halftime.

Clinton could not sustain the offensive firepower, however, as the Lady Red Devils extended their lead to 52-35 in the third quarter.

The Lady Dragons could not make up enough in the fourth quarter, and took the loss.

Burton led all scorers with 18 points.

The Lady Dragons (12-7, 4-1 in district play) visit district rival Scott Friday night. Should Clinton get the win, it would clinch the regular season district title and the number one seed in the district tournament. The Lady Dragons host Cocke County Saturday, and Fulton on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Tip-off for each game is 6 p.m.

CHS 5 19 11 14 49

Halls 18 16 18 15 67

CHS - Sarah Burton (18), Belle Starnes (9), Bailey Burroughs (8), Ashaunti Davis (7), Ally York (5), Addison Delcarmen (2)

Halls - Raegan Corvette (15), Sophie Tharpe (15), Megan Biliter (11), Ella Tharpe (10), Olivia Culp (7), Keira Everett (6), Cierra Huff (3)