The Clinton Lady Dragons jumped out to a 15-3 lead after the first quarter but fell behind at Gibbs 24-21 at halftime only to bounce back in the second half and pick up a tough 59-56 win on the road. Kelley Wandell scored 14 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked three shots before exiting the game midway through the 4th quarter. Without their senior leader, it would have been easy for the young Lady Dragons to fold, but instead, they each picked up their share of the burden left by Wandell’s absence. Nikki Jones scored 10 points off the bench, including the go-ahead basket with under a minute to play; Katie Starnes had eight points and eight rebounds; Destiny Jones was a force with seven points and 10 rebounds and Cadey Cusatis chipped in six points and three rebounds as part of the total team effort. Clinton improved to 4-13, 2-6 in D3AAA with the win.
In the nightcap at Gibbs, Tyler Thackerson’s tip-in of his own missed jumper at the buzzer gave the Dragons a 67-66 victory, completed a Dragon rally from nine points down and capped a 24-point night for the senior. It was a back-and-forth affair all night long and it was the Dragons who were able to improve to 13-5, 4-4 in D3AAA. Gavin Shelton had 10 points for Clinton, which won its second game in a row heading into Friday’s rematch in Clinton with #7 Oak Ridge.
In other action, the Anderson County Lady Mavs got 27 points from Brooklin McCoy and drilled Central 75-30. In the nightcap, though, it was Central’s boys getting by AC 61-56. Zach Green led the Mavericks with 11 points.
The Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats remained undefeated in D3AAA as they beat Campbell County 47-31, led by Jada Guinn’s 14 points. The Wildcat boys also remained unbeaten in District play as they blew out Campbell County 75-42 behind four double-figure scorers.
Oneida girls 67 Oliver Springs 56…Oliver Springs boys 63 Oneida 54
Halls girls 66 Karns 62…Karns boys 77 Halls 74
Coalfield girls 72 Berean Christian 16…Coalfield boys 71 Berean Christian 52
Rockwood girls 57 Concord Christian 23…Rockwood boys 53 Concord Christian 39
Union County girls 40 Fulton 38…Fulton boys 74 Union County 59
Wartburg girls 78 Scott County 62…Wartburg boys 73 Scott County 66
Midway girls 65 Tellico Plains 60…Tellico Plains boys 75 Midway 41
Kingston girls 51 CAK 43…CAK boys 69 Kingston 50