Second half surge leads Lady Tornadoes over Cosby

Cosby’s Brayln McGaha (1) dribbles the ball down on the court on Tuesday night.

COSBY—Alcoa’s girls broke the game open in the final four minutes of the third quarter Tuesday night and rolled past host Cosby, 67-48.

The Lady Tornadoes never trailed on their way to their 17th win against seven losses. Cosby is now 16-11.

Kenzie Wilburn tossed in 17 points to lead the victory. Destiny Haworth added 16 and Karli Haworth chipped in 14.

Cosby was led by Gracie Myers with 12 while Bralyn McGaha added 11.

A basket by Leia Groat got the home team within 39-34 with 4:16 left in the third period when Alcoa scored nine straight and never looked back.

Alcoa gunned in 25-of-52 from the field for 48.1 percent including 9-of-19 from long range. The Lady Eagles finished 17-of-35 for 48.6 percent and connected on 8-of-18 three-point attempts.

However, Cosby had a miserable performance at the foul line. The Lady Eagles hit only 6-of-22 free throws including three front ends of a one-and-one situation. A better night there could have kept them closer.

Alcoa had a 33-31 rebounding edge.

Cosby coach Cody Lowe said, “Alcoa is a really good basketball team. They have what I think is three really good players.

“We played well at times and shot the ball well from three-point range,” he added. “But we couldn’t make free throws that could have kept us in the game.”

The Lady Tornadoes scored the games first eight points, but the home team battled back within 16-12 before Destiny Haworth hit a three to provide a seven-point lead after one quarter. She had three of Alcoa’s five triples in the period.

Cosby stormed back to tie the game before the visitors scored in the second quarter. Gracie Myers gunned in a trey and McGaha had two buckets to make it 19-19.

Laikyn Jared made a three for Alcoa, but Myers hit another one to tie it again. Karli Haworth then gunned one in from behind the arc, Jared hit a layup and Wilburn scored to put the Lady Tornadoes up 29-22.

Gracie Johnson made a three, and McGaha hit a free throw to get the home team within three at halftime.

Wilburn knocked down a three and Brenna Ridge scored for Alcoa to start the third stanza, but Myers made another three and McGaha scored again to make it 34-31. Destiny Haworth had a three and Karli Haworth scored before Groat’s basket.

Makenzie Bremer started the Alcoa run with a free throw and Wilburn had a steal and layup. Bremer then had a basket and converted a three-point play for a 48-34 margin.

Groat scored inside and Kinley Coggins made a three as Cosby got back within nine, but Macie Ridge and Lauren Herring hit field goals before the quarter ended to make it 52-39.

The closest the Lady Eagles got the rest of the way came at 55-45 on a bucket by McGaha.

But, Alcoa ran off eight straight points on baskets by four different players and was still pulling away at the finish.

Grainger 62, Cumblerland Gap 16

Fresh off moving up to the number five spot in the state in girl’s 2-A basketball, the Grainger Lady Grizzlies showed why they are earning statewide recognition as they continued their domination of opposing teams with a 62-16 win over Cumberland Gap Tuesday night.

Grainger has won 18 games in a row and moves to 24-2 overall and secures the top seed in the upcoming district tournament as they finish league play at 11-1.

The Lady Grizzlies jumped out to a 31-8 lead at the half and didn’t let up defensively as they held the Lady Panthers scoreless in the fourth period. McKenzie Stratton led Grainger with 16 points and The Gap was paced with five points from Abigail Garner. Grainger hosts Morristown East on Thursday night and plays at Union County on Friday.