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The Swiss Lady Wildcats and the Palmer Bulldogs took home the Big 8 championships Saturday night to close out the season. All games are reported below and all names are spelled as they appeared on the score sheets.
SAS 34 – Palmer 16
The Lady Mountain Lions dominated from the start with a 9-1 first quarter and a 13-4 second to take the opening game win over the Lady Bulldogs. Anna Post led St. Andrews-Sewanee with 16 points. Mariel Rinck followed with nine. Lexie Laurendine scored four. Tessa Shackleford hit a three. Lucy Lancaster scored two.
Olivia Payne led the way for Palmer with six points. Ariel Caldwell scored five. Gracie Scissom had three and Sidnee Scissom added two.
The Lady Rebels rolled in their opening game of the over the Lady Eagles. Liz Morgan led Coalmont with 11 points including a three. Bailee Sweeton followed with 10. Destiny Sanders tossed in eight. Hanna Tate and Shea Northcutt scored four each.
Rachel Shrum, Megan O’Neal, Latrice Anderson and Charity Simmons scored two points each for Tracy City.
The Lady Mountain Lions used a big second half to advance over the Lady Tigers. Lexie Laurendine led SAS with 12 points. Mariel Rink and Anna Post scored nine each. Kate Butler added six.
Lacy Nunley led Pelham with 14 including a three. Emily Parks scored six. Josie Payne and Meleah Stevens had two points each.
The Lady Rebels came from behind to advance to the semifinals over the Lady Warriors. Bailee Sweeton led the way for Coalmont with 10 points. Destiny Sanders followed with eight. McKinley Thomas had four. Emily Rhea scored three. Liz Morgan and Hanna Tate had two points each.
Taylor Meeks led North with seven including a three. Emma Seagroves scored six. Sarah Barrett and Ericka Childers notched four points each. MaKayla Kirby had two.
Monteagle 35 – SAS 22
The Lady Hornets inched away throughout the game and downed the Lady Mountain Lions to advance to the finals. Shayla Bennett led Monteagle with 11 points. Caitlyn Ladd followed with eight. Keely Reese scored six. Kara Meeks added five. Blaire Foshee notched three. Nevaeh Avant scored two and Zoe Harrison had one.
Tessa Shackleford led SAS with eight points. Anna Post and Lexie Laurendine scored five each. Mariel Rinck added four.
The top seeded Lady Wildcats roared into the finals downing the Lady Rebels in the semifinals. Teah Bosio led Swiss with 24 points including a three. Kristin Weaver had 13. Caitlyn Crabtree tossed in seven. Sarah Johnson scored six. Megan Shrum had three and Michelle McDaniel had two.
Emily Rhea led Coalmont with nine including a three. Destiny Sanders scored two points. Bailee Sweeton, McKinley Thomas and Hanna Tate scored one point each.
The Lady Rebels just crept away from the Lady Mountain Lions to take third place in the tourney Saturday night. Bailee Sweeton led Coalmont with 11 points including a three. Hanna Tate scored seven. Destiny Sanders and Liz Morgan had five each with Morgan hitting a three. Emily Rhea added two points.
Anna Post led SAS with 13 points. Kate Butler scored four. Lexie Laurendine had three and Mariel Rink added two.
Swiss 39 – Monteagle 13
The Lady Wildcats completed a perfect Big 8 season winning the tourney championship over the Lady Hornets. Kristin Weaver led Swiss with 16 points. Teah Bosio followed with 15. Caitlyn Crabtree scored six off two threes. Megan Shrum added two points.
Zoe Harrison hit a three pointer and Keely Reese scored three points to lead Monteagle. Shayla Bennett, Kara Meeks and Bell Jones scored two each. Molly Layne added one.
The Eagles took an early lead and won all but one quarter to take the win over the Tigers. Johnnie Adkins led Tracy City with 17 including two threes. Dakota Hardin followed with 14. Dalton Fults had five with a three. Zane Conry scored one.
Jon Brown led Pelham with 10 points. Kenzie Hill followed with nine. Hunter Northcutt scored four.
The Mountain Lions led by one after one and then took control the rest of the way to eliminate the Eagles. Ryan Toomey led SAS with 19 points including three from three point land. Blasé Zeitler had 13 with a three. John Grammer and Aubrey Black notched two three pointers each. Dustin Stensby hit a three. Isaac Smith and Aiden Smith added two points each.
Dakota Hardin led Tracy with 18 points. Eli Tipton hit two threes to follow. Johnie Adkins and Zane Conry scored two points each and Dalton Fults added one.
The Wildcats led early and often on the way to the win over the Warriors advancing to the semifinals. Kollyn Cooper led Swiss with 21 including a super five three point shots. Ethan Nunley scored 18 with two threes. Josh Wingo tossed in eight. Josh Nance had four. Stuart Guyear hit a three. Evan Nunley scored two points and Nathan Coffelt had one.
Casen King and Nathaniel Myers led North with eight each and both hit two threes. Tyler Patrick and Thomas Roberts scored six each with Patrick hitting a three. Jarom Huntley hit a three pointer.
The Wildcats roared into the semifinals dominating the Rebels Thursday night. Josh Wingo led Swiss with 16 points. Kollyn Cooper followed with 12. Josh Nance had 11. Ethan Nunley scored 10 with two threes. Evan Nunley had nine with a three. Jacob Shrum scored two.
Noah Bean led Coalmont with 16 points including a three. Cullen Anderson had seven with a three. Steven Yates hit a three pointer. Braden Sanders added two and Jaron Meeks one.
SAS 46 – Monteagle 39
The Mountain Lions advanced to the finals with a hard fought win over the Hornets. Ryan Toomey led SAS with 17 including a three. Blasé Zeitler had 15 with a three. Dustin Stensby scored nine with two threes. John Grammer hit a three and Aubrey Black scored two points.
Blane Harris led Monteagle with 16 and hit a three. Corbin Lusk scored 15. Colby Melton added eight.
The Wildcats and Bulldogs stayed neck and neck through the first 10 points. Swiss went on a 10-0 run through the second quarter and into the third to take control of the game. They moved on to the finals with the upset of the #1 team.
Kollyn Cooper led Swiss with 21 points including four from three point land. Josh Wingo scored eight. Ethan Nunley had seven with a three.
Trey Hampton led Palmer with 15. Jacob Peoples scored 10 with two threes. Ryan Travis added two points.
Palmer 53 – Monteagle 45
The Bulldogs outlasted the Hornets to take third in the tourney. Trey Hampton dominated for Palmer with 32 points including two threes. Jacob Peoples followed with eight with a three. Alec Turner scored six. Ryan Travis added four and Lukas Borne had three.
Blane Harris topped Monteagle with 18 points. Colby Melton dropped in 14. Corbin Lusk had nine with a three. Grayson Lawson and J.T. Schaerer scored two points each.
SAS 54 – Swiss 31
The Mountain Lions roared early and led by as much as 20 points in the first half. The Wildcats clawed their way back into the contest in the third quarter and at the end of the period it was SAS 38 – Swiss 32. At just under 3:00 to go Swiss cut the lead to three and then one only to see SAS nail a three and go back up by four. At under a minute Swiss hits a three to cut the lead back to one 49-48. At 30 seconds SAS hits the lay up to lead 51-48. At under 10 seconds after a SAS free throw Swiss hits another three to make the game 52-51 SAS. And immediate foul put SAS on the line where they hit both shots. Swiss’ three at the buzzer fell short and the Mountain Lions prevailed for the championship.
A game that featured the third and fifth place teams gave the fans everything they wanted and more. Both teams left every ounce of effort on the floor.
Blasé Zeitler led SAS with 20 points including two threes. Ryan Toomey followed with 17 with a three. Dustin Stensby scored nine and had a three. Aubrey Black had five with a three. John Grammer added three points.
Kollyn Cooper led the way for Swiss with 17 including two threes. Ethan Nunley had 15 with four three pointers. Josh Wingo tossed in 13 points. Josh Nance added six points.