January 27 was a date to remember for the Lady Panthers as they were celebrating Basketball Homecoming on the same night that they battled a team that they had never beaten — the Lady Green Devils of Greeneville.
With several Lady Panthers participating in the homecoming festivities there was an excitement in the air. Samantha Pierce, a senior Lady Panther, was named Queen and she played in the game with hair fit for such a queen.
As the game got underway, the Lady Panthers came out with a dedication to not losing this one. They dropped 14 points down the cylinder while giving up 12.
The momentum continued during the second period as the Lady Panthers simply overpowered the Lady Green Devils on the scoreboard 16-9. The home team enjoyed a 30-21 halftime lead.
The scoring pace slowed down during the second half as the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Green Devils 10-9 during the third but got outscored 18-10 during the final period. Brittney Cupp and her eight points during the third period were key to keeping the Lady Panthers focused.
After the final buzzer the home team celebrated a two-point victory at 50-48.
It was the first Cumberland Gap Lady Panthers’ win over the Green Devils and however it seemed like an upset coach Dennis Cline would likely say different as his team has completely turned around since last season.
Cupp led the Lady Panthers with 16 points. Hayley Wilson dropped in seven. Samantha Pierce, Meredith Neely and Hayli England all scored six. Tabitha Roy had a single point. What made this win even more special the Lady Panthers only made four trips to the free throw line during the final period and made two of them. It was a much celebrated win by the Panther Nation.
Kenzie Ellenburg was the leading scorer for the Green Devils in the losing effort with 15 points.
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