The Blue Raiders weren’t as fortunate coming up on the short end of a 58-35 tally to the powerful Rebel squad. Full details will be in Monday’s edition of the Banner. Coach Jason McCowan’s crew did notch an impressive victory 71-37 victory Friday evening in a solo game against Westminster, out of Atlanta.
Coming off of last week’s second place finish at the Best of Preps Tournament, the Lady Raiders started the evening strong and were able to maintain their lead for the whole game.
The first half demonstrated the Lady Raiders’ offensive abilities as they outscored West by 17 points, ending the half with 37 points to the Lady Rebels’ 20.
“It was a good way to come back. We had a little bit of information about them. We were able to go out and execute exactly what we wanted to do. We were able to see some lineups that we wanted to see,” said Lady Raiders head coach Mindy Kiser.
The second half was just as successful offensively for the Lady Raiders, with another 24 points being added to the scoreboard. Their defense would remain on high alert throughout the rest of the game, allowing Knoxville West to only add an additional 10 points, with just two coming in the third period.
“Defensively, we got our hands all over the basketball. Our pursuit was good,” Kiser said. “Everybody contributed and played really well tonight.”
Despite being a successful outing for the Lady Raiders, the referee’s whistle was ever-present throughout the evening, with the Lady Raiders racking up 21 fouls and West tacking on 19 of its own. A total of 53 free throws were attempted, with Cleveland making 22-of-32 from the foul line while the visitors made 11-of-22.
The evening’s scoring leaders were Lady Raiders Sydnie Anderson and Jenna Scoggins with 15 and 13 points respectively. The whole team was able to see some game action on Saturday night, with well over half the roster registering at least two points.
“From top to bottom, everyone got in the game. It was good to get some minutes in for those kids,” Kiser said.
“We were able to work on some stuff that we haven’t had a chance to work on in the course of a game ... it was a fun win,” Kiser said.
The Lady Raiders will be all business as they prepare for their upcoming game on Tuesday with cross-county rival Walker Valley, according to their coach.
Blue Raiders 71,
It didn’t take the Blue Raiders long to shake off the Christmas rust Friday night against the visiting Westminster Wildcats from Atlanta.
Kendrick Thompson led the 71-37 Cleveland win with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. C.J. Bryant added 13 and Anfernee Scott scored 11 for the Raiders.
The Raiders (9-5) led from the outset after Thompson’s opening 3-pointer from the left corner. Thompson added another trey and Scott lifted in one of his three goals from behind the arc to lead Cleveland to an 18-7 first-quarter lead.
Back-to-back-to-back 3s greeted the Wildcats (8-4) in the second period. Scott and Thompson did the damage for the Raiders who led 35-15 at halftime after Thompson’s second longe-range hit of the quarter.
Fewer 3s found the net, but the scoring continued for Cleveland in the third. The Blue Raiders piled in 23 points to put the game well out of reach.
McCowan emptied his bench in the final eight minutes as the Raiders built a 40-point lead before closing the night with the 34-point win.
Knox West 7 13 2 8 — 30
Cleveland 19 18 22 2 — 61
LADY REBELS (30) — Tate 8, Butler 6, Burris 4, Blaylock 3, Cornelius 3, Jones 2, Bullock 2, Hundley 2.
LADY RAIDERS (61) — Sydnie Anderson 15, Jenna Scoggins 13, Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad 9, Shawnie Anderson 8, Hallea McClendon 6, Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad 5, Nora Berry 3, Bre Ware,
3-point goals: Knox West 1 (Cornelius); Cleveland 1 (Berry).
Free Throws: Knox West 11-of-22; Cleveland 22-of-32.
Records:Knox West 3-11; Cleveland 10-4.
BLUE RAIDERS 71, WILDCATS 37
Westminster 7 8 9 13 — 37
Cleveland 18 17 23 13 — 71
Westminster (37) — Strozier 7, Evans 2, Benson 3, Bridges 7, Devereaux 3, Chapman 7, Hezol 3, Howell 5, Brewer, Holmes, Butler,
Cleveland (71) — Kendrick Thompson 19, C.J. Bryant 13, Anfernee Scott 11, Johnson 9, Beaty 6, Ware 3, Gibson 3, Little 2, Bunion 2, Jones 2, Brown.
3-point goals: Westminster 2 (Bridges, Hezol); Cleveland 10 (Thompson 5, Scott 3, Bryant, Gibson).
Records: Westminster 8-4; Cleveland 9-5.