Lady Pirates take down Lady Panthers

WASHBURN – The Washburn High School Lady Pirates basketball team has rebounded from a mid-season slump that saw them lose six of seven games after a 4-0 start.

The latest win came Monday night in one of their most impressive performances of the season with a 54-53 victory over Class AA foe Cumberland Gap High School. The game was close all the way to the final buzzer. The teams were tied at 15 after the first quarter and the Lady Panthers led by four at the half.

Washburn shaved a point off the lead at the end of three and rallied in the final stanza to pull out the victory.

Sophomore guard Braelyn Coffey was the star of the game. She scored 31 points, including 12 of 15 free throws. She hit four in a row in the fourth quarter to give the team its lead it never surrendered.

Tori Coffman scored nine points on three three-point field goals. She also contributed on defense with twelve rebounds and two steals.

The win raised Washburn’s season record to 7-6.

The resurgence started Thursday, January 7 with a 65-34 win at Jellico in a District 2A contest.  The Lady Pirates ran out to a 42-16 halftime lead and were never in trouble.

Hayleigh Stalsworth led the scoring parade with 15 points. The Coffey sisters combined for 25 more points. Braelyn scored 14 and Emery had 11 points.

Coffman had six rebounds and three assists. Emily Kincaid pulled down five rebounds and had two steals.

Turnovers had plagued the team during its slump and they committed only seven against Jellico.