NEWPORT — Cocke County’s girls staged a furious rally in the final quarter Tuesday night before Northview Academy pulled away in the final seconds for a 62-53 win in a Hall of Fame game on Tuesday night.
The Lady Cougars led by as many as 20 in the third quarter and were still in front by 19 with two minutes on the clock before the Lady Red started to really battle.
Led by Sydney Clevenger and Camryn Halcomb, the home team got the deficit all the way down to three points and had the ball with a chance to tie with a three-pointer.
However, a pass sailed out of bounds and Northview’s Lexi Bates scored the next four points and Cocke County never recovered after that.
Campbell Penland rifled in 25 points to lead the Lady Cougars and Lexi Bates wound up with a dozen with half of those coming in the final three minutes.
Halcomb fired through 22 for the Lady Red while Clevenger added 16.
Cocke County coach Jeremy Byrd said, “There was a point there in the third quarter when we got down and I felt like we were coming unraveled. I got frustrated and called a timeout and got on the girls a little bit and they realized they had to pick it up.
“We started making some plays on defense and they turned the ball over a few times,” he added. “I felt we got stronger especially in getting the ball off the boards. Then we were able to knock down some shots that got us back in the game.”
Byrd went on to say, “We’re such a young team, but I thought we grew up a lot tonight. You never like to lose but I saw some things we can build on. They really battled at the end.”
Northview led 48-29 when Halcomb canned two free throws with 1:40 left in the third quarter. Paige Niethammer and Clevenger added baskets before the end of the quarter to chop it down to 48-35.
The visitors missed the front end of a couple of one-and-ones before Clevenger gunned in a three and Halcomb hit two free throws. Haven Stalcup scored her only point of the night and then Penland hit two free throws to shove the margin back to 11.
Clevenger pumped in another three and Jaylen Cofield drove for a bucket. Penland hit a charity toss, but Halcomb hit a free throw and then nailed a three to make it 52-49.
But Northview, which started the quarter 4-of-9 at the line, suddenly started making free throws, hitting their final eight to extend the final margin.
Northview wound up hitting 18-of-39 from the floor for 46.2 percent including 5-of-10 threes. The Lady Red connected on 18- of-47 for 38.3 percent. Neither team shot free throws very well as the winners made 21-of-35 to Cocke County’s 11-of-21.
The Lady Cougars enjoyed a 41-30 backboard advantage as Sierra Bates raked down 14.
Northview scored the final five points of the opening quarter to take an 18-13 lead at the first rest stop. The winners started the second quarter with a 13-2 run to lead by 18. But Halcomb had a pair of free throws and a three-point basket as the Lady Red got within 35-32 at intermission.
The Lady Cougars scored the first seven in the fourth for their biggest lead.
After Cocke County cut it to 15, Penland hit a free throw and a three for the 19-point lead at 48-29.