Make it 18 straight for the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers. The Lady Cavs opened the district portion of their basketball schedule, Tuesday night at home, but the results remained the same. Jordan Gilles score 19 points, as Cookeville (18-0) raced past Green Hill (4-11), 60-38.
The Lady Cavaliers, who debuted at #2 in the State in Class 4A in the first set of Associated Press rankings earlier this week, now prepare for what could be their toughest test to date on Friday night – a visit from #8 Lebanon. The Lady Blue Devils (15-3) knocked off Wilson Central, 56-32, in their district opener on Tuesday, and have won six of their last seven games. Lebanon was the Class 3A State Runner-up in 2021, losing to nationally-ranked Blackman in the championship game.
Meanwhile, the Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes, who themselves debuted at the #2 spot in the Class 1A rankings, were toppled at home by Pickett County, 65-54. Ella Kate Keisling scored 25 for the Lady Bobcats (14-3) are ranked #4 in the poll, and take an early lead in the District 7-1A standings, with a 3-0 mark. Addy Stowers led Clarkrange with 20 points, while Emmy Lowe added 17 in the victory for Pickett County.
Ellie Butler paced a balanced Livingston Academy attack with 13 points, as the Lady Wildcats topped White County, 62-55, in tough battle from start to finish. A total of 40 fouls were called in the rugged game, which saw Warriorette star senior Alaina Stiles exit with an injury, late in the first period. Nia Powers led White County (13-4) with 20 points. Livingston Academy (15-2) has won 10 of their last 11, and entered the game ranked #3 in Class 3A. White County is ranked #6.
In boys’ action, Pickett County (15-3), the top-ranked team in Class 1A, got 24 points from Zach Amonett in a 71-48 district win over Clarkrange. Kris Beaty led the Buffaloes (2-15) with 18.
Tomas Paul scorched the nets for 27 points, as White County (10-5) dominated Livingston Academy (8-8), 71-52. Hayden Ledbetter tallied 18 points for the Wildcats.
Cade Capps led five Stone Memorial players in double figures, as the Panthers (9-7) jumped to the top of the District 7-3A standings with an 88-58 rout of the Macon County Tigers (3-9). The Panthers are tied with White County at the top of the district, each with a 3-1 mark.
Here’s a look at Tuesday night’s Upper Cumberland scoreboard:
#4 Pickett Co. 65
#2 Clarkrange 54
(PCHS: Ella Kate Keisling 25, Emmy Lowe 17; CHS: Addy Stowers 20)
#5 Clay Co. 57
#6 Red Boiling Springs 45
(CCHS: Briley Burchett 16)
#2 Cookeville 60
Green Hill 38
(CHS: Improves to 18-0, Jordan Gillies 19)
#4 Upperman 50
Cumberland Co. 37
(UHS: Brooklyn Crouch 18, Abigail Johnson 13)
DeKalb Co. 60
(DCHS: Kadee Ferrell 21 pts, 13 rebs)
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#3 Livingston Academy 62
#6 White Co. 55
(LA: Ellie Butler 13; WCHS: Nia Powers 20)
Stone Memorial 54
Macon Co. 52
Van Buren Co. 35
#10 Warren Co. 64
(WCHS: 12th Straight Win)
#9 York Institute 49
(YAI: Gabby Beaty 13)
#1 Pickett Co. 71
(PCHS: Zach Amonett 24; CHS: Kris Beaty 18)
#5 Clay Co. 74
Red Boiling Springs 45
(CCHS: Grant Strong 26, Jeff Spivey 14)
#10 Green Hill 54
(CHS: Josh Heard 16)
Cumberland Co. 58
(CCHS: Jackson Inman 15, Carson Conaster 13, Kole Torres 12; UHS: AJ Nash 21)
DeKalb Co. 64
(DCHS: Elishah Ramos 17, Conner Close 15)
#3 Jackson Co. 62
White Co. 71
Livingston Academy 52
(WCHS: Tomas Paul 27; LA: Hayden Ledbetter 18, Nic Choate 14)
Stone Memorial 88
Macon Co. 58
(SMHS: Cade Capps 22, led 5 players in double figures)
Van Buren Co. 84
Warren Co. 54
York Institute 63
(YAI: Nic Smith 21)