By Ed Greif
The Cumberland County High School basketball teams ended November Friday night as they split a pair of non-district games at Clarkrange and will open December with three straight home games, beginning tonight with York Institute.
Coach Will Foster's Jets defeated the Buffaloes 78-65, while the Lady Jets lost 53-44 to the Lady Buffaloes after the Lady Jets junior varsity beat the Lady Buffaloes 43-26.
CCHS 78, Clarkrange 65: "The seniors played really well. I asked them to step it up at the end," said Foster, whose team improved to 3-2 on the season.
Senior Dylan Qualls paced the Jets with 26 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals, while senior Tayler Houston added 24 markers, two rebounds and one assist.
Also, contributing were Diego Poore (seven points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals), J.J. Miller (five points, four rebounds, two steals), Alex Dixon (one rebound, one assist), Cade Smith (six points, three rebounds, two assists), Logan Parsons (seven points, seven rebounds, one steal) and Cameron O'Rourke (three points, three rebounds, two steals).
Three Buffaloes — Landon Baldwin, Garrett Stultz and Ronnie Siems — were in double figures with 21, 14 and 10 markers, respectively.
The Jets jumped out to a 7-4 first-quarter lead, but Clarkrange took a 9-7 lead. Parsons converted the second of two free throws to trigger a 9-4 run to give the Jets a 16-13 lead after one quarter.
CCHS stretched their lead to four points four times in the second quarter before a layup by Baldwin sliced the margin to 27-25 by half's end.
Clarkrange opened the second half with a 4-0 run to take a 29-27 lead with 6:42 left remaining in the third quarter. A lay-up by Qualls sent the Jets on a 6-0 run to take a 33-29 lead with 5:39 remaining.
After two free throws by Siems sliced the lead to 33-31 with 5:24 left, two free throws by Qualls helped the Jets finish the quarter with a 18-17 run for a 51-48 advantage by quarter's end.
CCHS opened the final quarter with a 10-3 run for a 61-51 advantage with 4:55 left in the game and finished the quarter with a 17-14 spurt for the victory.
The Jets were 26 of 51 from the field and 19 of 29 from the charity stripe with nine turnovers, while Clarkrange was 20 of 43 from the field and 14 of 18 from the free throw line with 19 turnovers.
Clarkrange 53, Lady Jets 44: Cheyenne Shaver poured in 29 points and Brittany Cooper added 12 markers to lead the Lady Buffaloes to their victory.
Leading the Lady Jets were Makenzie Iles with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Gina Dick added 14 points with five boards, four assists and two steals. Rounding out the scoring were Alli Hyder (two rebounds, one assist, one steal), Sloane VanWinkle (six points, four rebounds, two assists), Skylar VanWinkle (two points, one rebound), Rebekah Teeple, Kassidy Sommer (seven points, six rebounds, one assist) and Courtney Smith (one rebound).
Dick and Iles tallied six and five points, respectively, to help the Lady Jets take a 14-11 lead after the first quarter, which had six lead changes. The Lady Jets were four of 11 from the field and four of four from the charity stripe, while Clarkrange was four of 13 from the field and zero for four from the free throw with five turnovers.
The tempo slowed in the second quarter, as the Lady Jets outscored Clarkrange 9-7 for a 23-18 lead, as both teams went sour from the field — CCHS, four of 15 and zero for four from the free throw line, and Clarkrange two of eight from the field and two of two from the free throw line.
The two teams exchanged points in the third quarter, as the Lady Buffaloes outscored CCHS 21-9 for a 39-32 advantage. CCHS was four of nine from the field with six turnovers while Clarkrange was seven of 13 with two miscues.
Clarkrange stretched their lead to 50-36 with 3:07 left in the game, as Shaver scored nine of her 29 points; however, the Lady Jets, behind Iles and Dick, finished the quarter with a 8-3 run for the final margin of 53-44.
Iles had eight points in the final stanza, while Dick added four.
CCHS 43, Clarkrange 26: Bailey Davis tallied 18 points to lead the Lady Jet junior varsity to their victory over the Lady Buffaloes. Rounding out the scoring were Makenzie Iles (six points), Kelzie Eldridge (four points), Victora Lee (four points, eight rebounds), Courtney Smith (four points), Madi McLaughlin (one point), Jenna Morton (five points), Brittany Kilgore (one point) and Maddi Potter (eight rebounds).
Schedule: CCHS hosts York tonight at 6 p.m., as the teams will play four out of their next six games at home. Friday night is homecoming against Kingston, followed by Upperman, Dec. 11; and a road game to Kingston, Dec. 14.
The annual battle with Stone Memorial is Dec. 17, followed by road trip to Rhea County, Dec. 18.