WASHBURN – The Washburn High School Lady Pirates faced the Hancock County High School Lady Indians Saturday, February 6. The Lady Pirates got strong performances up and down the lineup and defeated Hancock, 46-27. Washburn was scheduled to face Hancock on the road Tuesday, February 9. A win would clinch third place in the District 2A final regular season standings.
After holding Hancock to two points in the first quarter, the Lady Pirates took a 22-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. Hancock staged a brief rally to start the second half. They were only able to convert four free throws in the fourth quarter while Washburn scored 15 points.
Seniors Hayleigh Stalsworth, Emily Kincaid and Emery Coffey made their final appearance before the home crowd and each contributed to the win.
Stalsworth had seven points and two rebounds. Kincaid scored four points while Coffey had four points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Junior Torrie Proffitt played briefly, but made her contribution by singing the National Anthem for the second straight night after a computer malfunction prevented the digital version.
The team was led in scoring by Emery Coffey’s sister, sophomore Braelyn Coffey. She scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, had a steal and a blocked shot. Junior Tori Coffman had eight points and three rebounds. She made two three-point shots, giving her 50 for the season. Freshman Megan Beeler had five points, a rebound, an assist and two steals.
The team’s floor game was much improved. They made only seven turnovers and committed seven personal fouls and that was well below their season averages of 16.8 and 15.6 respectively.
Washburn has one other game remaining after Tuesday. They travel to Cumberland Gap High School Thursday, February 11. A game scheduled Monday, February 8 at University High in Johnson City was canceled because University High had only four players available due to COVID-19, Washburn head coach Daniel Bishop said.
Jellico vs. Washburn
The Lady Pirates finished one of their best games of the season with 24 fourth quarter points to defeat Jellico High School, 55-31, Friday, February 5 in Washburn.
Hayleigh Stalsworth played her best game of the year. She scored 14 points, had five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Tori Coffman led the team with 18 points and five rebounds. She hit on six of nine three-point shots. Megan Beeler added nine points, nailing all of her three-point attempts. Emery Coffey had five points, three rebounds, nine assists and two steals.
Pigeon Forge vs. Washburn
The Lady Pirates stayed within striking distance of Class AA opponent Pigeon Forge High School, trailing by only seven after three quarters. But the Lady Tigers opened the fourth quarter with a nine-point run to stretch their lead to 15 points.
Washburn responded with a couple of baskets but could come no closer than the final margin of 40-28 Thursday, February 4.
Tori Coffman had 15 points to lead Washburn, scoring all her points on five of 11 three-point shots. She also had five rebounds, four steals and an assist.