WASHBURN – The Washburn High School Lady Pirates basketball team bounced back from a season opening loss to end the first week with two straight victories.
The Lady Pirates staged a furious fourth quarter rally, doubling the score on Chuckey-Doak High School and came away with a 41-37 victory Monday, November 22.
“Our team just refused to lose. It was a tough, physical game and things didn’t go our way most of the night. But we got the stops we needed on defense and rebounded the basketball,” head coach Daniel Bishop said.
“We were more aggressive on the offensive end in the fourth quarter and got to the free throw line. Coach (Aaron) Clay and I were just super proud of the effort and our determination to get out of there with a win,” Bishop added.
The Lady Pirates got off to a slow start, trailing 13-4 after one quarter. They cut the lead to six by the end of three before reeling off 18 points in the final quarter to gain the victory.
Washburn was led in scoring by veterans Braelyn Coffey with 15 points and Tori Coffman with 10 points. Freshman Saylor Clay had a strong effort, scoring seven points. Coffey was also dominant on the boards, hauling down 10 rebounds.
Clayton-Bradley vs. Washburn
The Lady Pirates exceeded their defensive goals for the game, holding Clayton-Bradley Academy to single digits for a 47-9 win Friday,
The private Maryville school is fielding a girls’ team for the first time and will not be eligible for post season play for three years.
“We set a goal before the game to hold them under 20 points. We were fortunate enough to do that. We must take pride in playing defense every night,” Daniel Bishop said.
Tori Coffman led the scoring with 14 points and Braeyln Coffey added 10 points.
Thomas Walker vs. Washburn
The Lady Pirates started slowly, falling behind Thomas Walker of Ewing, Virginia 13-6 Tuesday, November 16. They continued to struggle through the first half and trailed by eight at intermission. Thomas Walker earned the victory with a final score of 45-40.
Neither team was able to get into a rhythm as officials called 48 fouls in the game, 24 on each team.
Freshman Saylor Clay made a strong debut. She scored 12 points to lead the team. She was nine-for-nine at the free throw line.
“I am not surprised she played well. She is a tremendous worker. She is just reaping the benefits of all the hard work she had put in,” Daniel Bishop said.
The team will now be off for Thanksgiving break and return to action Monday, November 29 at Cumberland Gap.