Cumberland Gap brought its basketball teams into the Claiborne County High School gymnasium for three games of rivalry basketball. The first game was the junior varsity boys game and it was the only three of the night in which the Bulldogs successfully defended their home floor.
The varsity girls game was next and the Lady Panthers had been playing good basketball as well as Claiborne. The Lady Panthers jumped ahead early with Brittney Cupp putting back missed shots to the tune of eight first period points. Cupp was dominant in the paint on this night with high intensity rebounding and shooting. The Lady Panthers led 14-3 after one. During the second period, the Lady Panthers continued to fill up the basket and won the period 15-9 to lead 29-12 at the half.
Claiborne came out the break and played better and the Lady Bulldogs scored 10 but still gave up 14 to the Lady Panthers. Alyssa Pierce found her stroke during the final period and placed in eight of the team’s 16 points. At the final buzzer the Lady Panthers had 59 points and gave up 28 for the rivalry win.
Eleven Lady Panthers scored including Cupp, who led with 19. Alyssa Pierce finished with eight and Meredith Neely finished with seven. Hayley Wilson had six points, Hayli England had five and Megan Muggridge finished with four. Tabitha Roy, Hannah Heath and Lexi Miracle each recorded two and the total was rounded off by Samantha Pierce with a single point.
Five Lady Bulldogs had two points each including Emma Beason, Rachel Cupp, Abby Ferguson, Kaylee Cox (#23) and Kaylee Cox (#25). Abby Singleton had six, Cheyenne Tolliver had three and Marilyn Smith led with nine points.
It was a great overall team performance for the Lady Panthers in a rival environment.
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