COALFIELD | It was a close game until the fourth quarter, but ultimately the homestanding Lady Jackets were too much for Scott High in the season-opening game for both teams on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Candace Jackson scored 26 points, and Lexi Hammock and Alexis Morrison each scored 18, as Coalfield pulled away for a 74-58 win over the Lady Highlanders, making a statement as it begins its quest to repeat as District 4-A champion.
Julie Lawson came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points for Scott High, knocking down five 3-pointers to help keep the Lady Highlanders in the game. Jalin Young and Brittany Morrow each scored 11 for Scott.
Lawson had 11 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, to help keep her team within five at the intermission. That was despite a big first quarter from Hammock, who scored seven points out of the game, and a big second quarter by Jackson, who scored 12 of her 26 to help keep Coalfield in front.
The third quarter was played almost evenly. Lawson nailed two more 3-pointers, Young scored five, and Annalyne Woodward scored four of her nine points to offset seven points by Hammock and six by Jackson. Coalfield’s lead was just four points going to the fourth quarter.
But in the fourth, Morrison — the Lady Jackets big inside presence — went off. She scored 11 of her 18 in the final period, and Coalfield was five of five from the free throw line down the stretch. Meanwhile, Scott High went ice-cold in the fourth quarter, connecting on just two field goals.
For the game, the Lady Highlanders shot 32% from the field and just 20% from 3-point range. They were 50% from the free throw line.
Young was the leading rebounder, with seven. Woodward has six boards. Morrow had four assists.
SCOTT (58): Lawson 19, Young 11, Morrow 11, Woodward 9, Lewis 2, Butts 2, R. Price 2, Jeffers 2.
COALFIELD (74): Jackson 26, Hammock 18, Morrison 18, West 6, Armes 4, Bird 2.