RUTLEDGE—Sable Burnside sank two free throws with 7.1 seconds left Friday afternoon to give Morristown East’s girls a thrilling 46-44 triumph over Cosby in the Pizza Plus Thanksgiving Classic at Grainger County High.
The Lady Hurricanes took the lead early in the second quarter and held the upper hand until the final frame when the deadly three-point shooting of Kinley Coggins, along with some long range help from Leia Groat, brought the Lady Eagles back from an eight-point deficit.
After Groat hit a couple of three-pointers early in the fourth period, Coggins, who hit four long bombs in the quarter, knocked in back-to-back triples that gave Cosby a 39-38 lead.
However, Devasia Kyle, who hadn’t scored all day, sank two free throws to put East back in front just four seconds later and then Reese Forester scored off a layup when the Lady ‘Canes beat the Cosby press to make it 42-39 with 1:38 left.
Gracie Myers drove for a layup for the Lady Eagles, but Kyle took the ball straight to the basket and put in a bucket that put East in front 44-41.
But Coggins nailed one final three to knot the score with 37 seconds left. East took a time out, and then the ball was knocked out again with 10 on the clock. The pass was lobbed in to Burnside and she was fouled in the scramble for the ball.
She calmly sank both free throws to give the Lady Hurricanes their fourth win against two losses. Cosby got the ball to front court and took a time out with 3.7 to play, but the only shot they could get was a very long three that was off the mark.
Burnside led East with 18 points. Abby Wright added seven and freshman Kierstin Bell six.
Coggins fired through 17 for Cosby, now 2-3. Groat finished with 14.
“We were very fortunate to win this one,” said East coach Michael Potts. “I thought we had some spurts where we played well.”
e added, “For the most part, we did a good job defensively. They’re kind of hard to guard at times. But when you’re ahead by eight or so points you have to take better care of the basketball than we did today.
“But Sable made two big free throws at the end to salt it away,” Potts continued. “Devasia made some points at key times at the end and Reese hit a big basket. We had a lot of people contribute to the win.”
East shot well from the floor, making 16 of 31 for 51.6 percent and were 3 of 10 from three-point range. The Lady Eagles shot just 15 two-point attempts and made five but fired it up 32 times from behind the arc and made 10 of those to finish at 31.9 percent.
Lauren Ford grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles to a slender 30-29 rebounding margin. Kyle grabbed six and Forester five for East.
Cosby jumped out to a 10-4 lead before freshman Finley Surber hit a basket and Burnside pumped in a three to chop the deficit to one at the first rest stop.
Burnside made a short jumper to open the second stanza and then converted an old-fashioned three-point play. Bralyn McGaha scored the only points for the Lady Eagles in the quarter, but Forester hit two free throws and Wright added a bucket and it was 18-12 at the half.
Neither team scored in the final 2½ minutes of the quarter.
A steal and 15-foot jumper by Burnside started the third quarter and then Bell gunned in a three from the top of the circle to give the Lady ‘Canes their biggest lead at 23-12.
But Groat bagged a three and Gracie Myers hit two free throws for Cosby and Myers popped in a trey to get Cosby within 26-22 after three quarters.
Groat and Coggins had early three’s in the fourth period to get Cosby within two but Bell connected again from long range and Wright converted a three-point play to restore the lead to eight before the Cosby rally.