Big second half helps Bradley pull away from Baylor
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Brooke Copeland scored a game-high 25 points and Bradley Central used a 21-point third quarter to pull away from host Baylor for a 57-39 win Tuesday night.
Copeland actually started the game on the bench and watched the Lady Red Raiders jump out to a 9-2 lead. Head coach Jason Reuter told our media partners at the Times Free Press it was an "in-house situation" that caused the University of Florida signee to sit for the first four minutes of the game.
Baylor still owned a three-point advantage after the first quarter, but Copeland helped the Bearettes (9-2) slowly find their footing to take a 20-14 lead at the break. Bradley hit three straight 3-pointers to open the second half and bettered its first-half scoring total in the third quarter alone to push the lead to double-digits.
Copeland was balanced throughout, scoring 12 points in the first half and 13 in the second. She hit 10-of-14 free throws while fighting her way through a physical Baylor defense. Rebecca Reuter was the only other Bradley player in double figures with 10 points while adding 12 rebounds.
Abby Hubert led Baylor with 11.
LFO boys holds off Heritage rally for 71-65 win
RINGGOLD, Ga. (WRCB) -- Alex Rattanaxay scored a game-high 24 points and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe held off a Heritage rally to post a 71-65 road win over Tuesday night.
The Warriors appeared ready to make short work of their cross-county rival, jumping out to an 18-5 first-quarter lead, but they were unable to break the game open. Heritage kept chipping away and managed to pull within seven at the half and eventually got the deficit under five in the second half. However, Rattanaxay, who scored 12 points in each half, helped the Warriors make enough plays down the stretch to preserve the win.
Daniel Oliver added 19 points and Coe Crawford finished with 15 for LFO.
Cody Sanders led Heritage with 15 points, while Jaylon Gaines and Tyler Meroney were also in double figures for the Generals with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Other high school basketball scores from Tuesday, December 18:
Baylor 69, Bradley Central 44
Red Bank 65, Hixson 58
Cleveland 63, Rhea County 59
Sweetwater 68, Polk Cunty 61
Notre Dame 66, East Ridge 63
CSAS 81, Copper Basin 64
McMinn Central 57, Walker Valley 53
Bledsoe County 64, Whitwell 43
Lookout Valley 32, South Pittsburg 22
Brainerd 76, East Hamilton 42
Dade County 77, Gordon Lee 71
Ringgold 62, Ridgeland 46
Cartersville 79, Trion 53
Hixson 54, Red Bank 39
Rhea County 53, Cleveland 38
Polk County 56, Sweetwater 24
Bledsoe County 60, Whitwell 33
Walker Valley 58, McMinn Central 55
Gordon Lee 46, Dade County 36
Ridgeland 63, Ringgold 52
Gordon Central 57, LaFayette 53