Coffee County CHS Opens Basketball Season with a Split

Garrett Eldridge of CHS Basketball(Photo by Jay Bailey - Manchester Times)

Garrett Eldridge of CHS Basketball(Photo by Jay Bailey – Manchester Times)

The Micah Williams Era as head basketball coach of the Coffee County Red Raiders began successfully on Tuesday night with a 61 to 53 win over Huntland at the Joe Frank Patch Gym.  The Red Raiders trailed for a brief 15 second window early in the 1st quarter as they played mistake free basketball on the night.  The Raiders committed just 10 turnovers on the night while playing aggressively on defense and offense.  Coffee County went to the free throw line 32 times converting 21 of those opportunities.  Garrett Eldridge led the Raiders in scoring with 20 points to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center player of the game honors.  Junior transfer LeAundre Graham added 12 points, all of them coming in the 2nd half.

 

Holli Smithson of CHS Basketball(Photo by Jay Bailey - Manchester Times)

Holli Smithson of CHS Basketball(Photo by Jay Bailey – Manchester Times)

The Lady Raiders were not as fortunate as turnovers and missed foul shots spoiled Coffee County’s chances for the upset of the talented Lady Hornets.  Coffee County outscored Huntland in the 3rd and 4th quarters but a 19 to 2 second quarter for the visitors dropped Coffee County 57 to 43.  Alliyah Williams was named the Gateway Tire and Service Center Player of the game as she led Coffee County in scoring with 10 points.  Holli Smithson added 8 points despite missing most of the 2nd half due to foul trouble.  Five freshman played significant minutes for Coffee County highlighted by Abby Morgan who had 5 points for the Lady Raiders.

The Raiders and Lady Raiders will travel to Huntland on Tuesday for the rematch.  The Red Raiders will be in action next on Thursday night as they travel to Smyrna for a boys only game with the Bulldogs.  That game will begin at 6 PM and Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast beginning with the Powers Storage/Char El Apartments Pregame Show at 5:50.

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