JACKSBORO—Oak Ridge senior guard Jada Guinn scored 32 points in a 49-48 loss at Campbell County on Friday night, a district basketball game that ended with a battle of free throws.
Guinn, who has signed to play basketball at Tennessee Tech, scored more points than the top two Lady Cougars combined. She had two-thirds of the Oak Ridge offense and made a crucial three-point shot with about 30 seconds remaining.
Campbell County was led by 6-foot-2 junior post Madison Brady, who scored 20 points. That included seven points in the close fourth quarter, when Brady was 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Brady and Guinn each went to the free throw line three times in the final 38 seconds. Each made five of their six shots. It was another battle between the two teams that have finished in the top two spots in the district in each of the past three seasons.
Guinn finished 10-of-11 from the free throw line, made two three-point shots, and scored eight points in the first quarter to help give Oak Ridge an early 13-9 lead.
Junior guard Bri Dunbar and sophomore guard Khamari Mitchell-Steen each scored seven points for Oak Ridge (2-1, 1-1 District 3-AAA).
Oak Ridge Coach Paige Redman said the Lady Wildcats missed some open shots and free throws on Friday, but her team fought hard in the final minutes. The girls narrowed the Campbell County lead from 39-28, an 11-point difference, with about four minutes remaining, to a one-point margin in the final seconds.
That determination to fight is not something that you can coach, Redman said. You either have it or you don’t, she said.
She remembered glancing at the clock with 1:54 remaining during a timeout.
“From that point forward, we had fight and grit,” Redman said.
It’s not a situation that the team, which has some youth and inexperience, has been in this early in the season.
Senior guard Skylar Boshears had 10 points for the Lady Cougars on Friday, including six in the third quarter, when Campbell County (5-0, 2-0) opened up a 37-24 lead.
Senior Blair Medley scored eight points for Campbell County, including two three-point shots when the Lady Cougars opened up their 13-point lead in that third quarter. Senior Haley Comer added six points for Campbell County.
Oak Ridge opened district play with a 77-49 win at Halls on Tuesday.
Oak Ridge will play its first home game of the season against Karns at Wildcat Arena on Tuesday, December 4. The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m., and the boys’ game begins at 7:30. These will be the third district games of the season.
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