The Coffee County Middle School 6th grade basketball teams opened their home season on Tuesday night with a pair of hard fought wins over White County. The Lady Raiders scored the first 8 points of the game on their way to a 27 to 17 win. The Lady Raiders controlled the first half storming out to a 21 to 7 lead at intermission. Coach Jamie Morgan emptied her bench in the 2nd half but White County could never get the deficit below the 10 point final margin. The Lady Raiders were led in scoring by Kiya Ferrell who scored 16 points. Leigha Insell added 6 points for Coffee County who is now 2 and 0 on the year.
The Red Raiders trailed twice in the last 30 seconds before clawing out a 34 to 33 win in the boys’ game. Conner Shemwell scored on an offensive rebound and put back as time expired to close out a frantic 3 minute stretch and give the Raiders the win. Coffee County led 28 to 23 entering the 4th quarter but cold shooting allowed White County to take a 31 to 28 lead on a 3 pointer with 2:07 left in the game. Joseph Duncan got a steal and was fouled hitting the tying basket with 28 seconds left. Duncan drained the free throw to give the Raiders a 1 point lead, only to see White County hit a 12 footer with 8 seconds remaining. After calling a timeout, Raider coach Bryan Morgan designed a play which Coffee County executed well enough to get a layup shot. After the miss, Shemwell powered up the put back to lift the Raiders to 2 and 0 on the year. Duncan led Coffee County is scoring with 22 points. Aiden Abellana added 7 points and Shemwell finished with 5. Coffee County travels to Tullahoma on Thursday night for a 6 PM doubleheader with West Middle School.