Bearettes bow out with loss to CCHS
The Sevier County Bearettes District 2-AAA run derailed Friday night in the tournament’s semifinal round, with a 49-43 loss to Cocke County.
It was the eighth-straighf win for the top-seed Lady Red (19-9 overall), and their 11th victory in their last 12 games.
They move on to face second-seed Morristown West in tonight’s girls IMAC Championship at 7 p.m., while SCHS will take on Morristown East in the girls consolation game.
The Bearettes had an early lead over Cocke County Friday night, but the Lady Red rebounded to take their first lead late in the first quarter, and they never looked back.
“They were just more physical than us,” Sevier County coach Stacy Marine said. “If the (referees) are going to let you play like they let them play, with as physical as they were, we didn’t have a real good chance tonight. They were really physical inside on rebounds ... and we’re just not big and strong enough to play that physical for four quarters.
“We looked a little fatigued, too. I don’t know if that’s from playing all week (while the top-seed waited in the semifinals), and having to battle the way we did all week. I just though it was a physical game and they were more physical than us.”
With Allison Ball, one of their top scorers, on the bench with two quick fouls, senior Jordan Ray came off the bench and made her presence felt quickly. “I think Ray came in and did a great job for them,” Marine said. “I was kind of surprised by her play.” Up just three points 18-15 in the second quarter’s opening minutes, the Lady Red got a huge three from the senior to double their lead to six.
That sparked an 11-2 Cocke County run, and by halftime the Bearettes found themselves down 29-17.
Things got interesting early in the third, as Brittany Tarr made two buckets on one trip down the floor. The sophomore post scored a bucket and was fouled. Although she missed the resulting free throw, the offensive rebound was corralled and Tarr added another two-point basket down low, cutting the Lady Red advantage to 31-26.
But the Bearettes would get no closer the rest of the way, as Cocke County kept their lead between 6-10 points for the remainder of the second half and won 49-43.
Taylor Chapman led SCHS with 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half, including three 3-pointers. She was followed by Tarr with 13.
The Bearettes also got scoring from Kelsey Wypych (7 points), Brooklyn Fox (4) and Bri Miniard (2).
Ray was Cocke County’s top scorer, coming off the bench for 14 points. Teammate Mika Wester, a sophomore, had 13.
“(Ray) knocked down a big three up there at the top of the key, once, and knocked down some 15-footers,” Marine said. “(Cocke County is) one of the best teams around coming off that high ball-screen and knocking down a 15-footer in your face. They don’t miss. They’re a good team, and that’s why they’re No. 1 in the district.”