For much of Saturday night’s game it seemed that the Cleveland Lady Raiders were ready to enact their own revenge on the Cumberland County Lady Jets who had dealt them an 80-39 loss to begin the season.
While the Lady Raiders (9-8, 4-3) had a 34-24 lead to begin the third quarter, the crusade was cut short by a Lady Jets (19-1) team that was able to put up 57 points in the final 16 minutes of play to win 81-60.
The Lady Jets’ only defeat of the season came a little over two weeks ago when Rhea County pulled off a 62-58 win.
“Cumberland County is a really good team. We went up there and got beat badly in our first game of the season, so I was proud of our group for being ready to play and attacking the floor the way we did in the beginning,” Cleveland head coach Mindy Kiser said.
Quick baskets by Jenna Scoggins and Hallea McClendon got the Lady Raiders started off in the right direction.
Cumberland County was able to take a one point, 7-6 lead at the halfway point of the first quarter but found itself in a neck-and-neck battle with Cleveland that resulted in the teams being tied 15-all with one minute remaining in the quarter.
Nora Berry put up two consecutive baskets in the remaining 40 seconds to give the Lady Raiders a 19-15 lead after one.
Cleveland started off the second with a 10-point run and was able to hold off Cumberland for the first four minutes of the quarter.
The Lady Raiders ended the first half with a 10 point, 34-24 lead over the Lady Jets.
“We played a really good ball game the first half. We ran the floor really well, passed the ball good inside and had good ball movement and transition,” Kiser commented. “I thought we played pretty good defense — played a little bit of zone and were able to rebound out of the zone.”
Even though Cleveland opened up the third quarter with a quick five points, Cumberland was able to chip away the home team’s lead thanks to 3-pointers and free-throws.
Just after the midway point of the quarter, the Lady Jets trailed the Lady Raiders 44-41.
Two more points from the charity stripe gave the visitors the swing in momentum needed to run away with the game.
The third quarter came to a close with a new leader, as Cumberland jumped ahead 54-48 over Cleveland.
“In the second half ... the game … changed a bit. We lost our composure a bit and had some folks get in foul trouble. I had to use a couple time outs and wasn’t able to use one in that third quarter stretch,” Kiser explained. “We were able to crawl back, but the physicality of the game took a toll on us.”
While the Lady Jets went on to score 27 more points in the fourth quarter, 15 of those were from the free-throw line.
The Lady Raiders were able to put up 12 more points in the final eight minutes, which wasn’t enough to stage a comeback victory.
Cumberland County finished the game 21 points ahead of Cleveland, following a second half that was marred with 21 team fouls on the Lady Raiders.
“Obviously it was a rough game that got very hands on, and that’s a difficult situation,” Kiser remarked. “There was a lot of good, but a lot of bad stuff too which got frustrating. Somethings are just out of our control.”
McClendon led Cleveland with 16 points Saturday night.
“Hallea is one of our hardest workers and a leader on the team. She cares about the team and cares about how she performs. Both her and Jamiyah [Person] are progressing well and did some really good stuff in the first half and in the fourth quarter,” Kiser commented.
Berry had 10 points, while both Scoggins and Person finished the night with eight points apiece.
The 21-point loss came one night after the Lady Raiders defeated Soddy-Daisy by 25 points, 60-45, on the District 5-AAA opponent’s own turf.
Scoggins led Cleveland with 18 points, while Berry and McClendon chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Raiders (9-5, 5-2) also came out victorious over the Trojans, with a 52-50 win.
In the narrow district win, Anfernee Scott led the Raiders with 15 points, with Cantrel Ware finishing the night with 13 points.
Cleveland will be back in district action on Friday when they host cross-town rival Bradley Central at Lee University.
Cumberland County 15 9 30 27 — 81
Cleveland 19 15 14 12 — 60
LADY JETS (81) — Carlton 34, Iles 18, Teeple 12, Dick 8, Eldridge 7, Lee 2.
LADY RAIDERS (60) —Hallea McClendon 15, Nora Berry 10, Scoggins 8, Person 8, Ware 7, Stamatiadis 5, Walkup 4, Crump 2, Borton, Morman.
3-POINTERS: CHS 4 (Scoggins 2, Stamatiadis, Walkup); CC 8 (Carlton 4, Iles 2, Teeple, Eldridge).
FREE THROWS: CHS 5-of-10; CC 25-of-33.
RECORDS: Cleveland 9-8, 4-3 District 5-AAA; Cumberland County 19-1.
Cleveland 17 11 13 19 — 60
Soddy-Daisy 9 10 5 21 — 45
LADY RAIDERS (60) — Jenna Scoggins 18, Nora Berry 11, Hallea McClendon 10, Walkup 9, Ware 9, Person 3, Stamadiatis, Crump, Borton.
LADY TROJANS (45) — Hopkins 9, King 8, Wade 8, Hale 7, Smith 5, Phillips 4, Ward 3, Hale 1.
3-POINTERS: CHS 6 (Berry 3, Walkup 3); SD 4 (Wade 2, Ward, Smith).
Cleveland 15 20 7 10 — 52
Soddy-Daisy 16 18 8 8 — 50
RAIDERS (52) — Anfernee Scott 15, Cantrel Ware 13, T. Ware 9, Beaty 6, Tatum 3, Brown 3, Vecchio, Dennard, Gibson 3, McRee
TROJANS (50) — Christian Amos 21, James York 12, Landreth 9, Carter 4, Jeffries 4, Wright.
3-POINTERS: CHS 7 (Scott, T. Ware, C. Ware, Tatum, Gibson ); SD 1 (Landreth).