The Big 8 tipped off their season last Thursday with teams playing all over the mountain. Some great games were seen including an overtime victory for St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Lady Mountain Lions and a dou-ble overtime win for the North Warriors. The North Lady Warriors, Swiss Me-morial Lady Wildcats, Coalmont Lady Rebels, Swiss Memorial Wildcats, Pelham Tigers and Mon-teagle Hornets also picked up wins.
The defending Big 8 champions came out in their first game of the sea-son on fire and proved to be too much for their host. Kaylee Smartt led the Lady Warriors with 16 points. Kaitlyn Kirby followed with 13 points. Jalie Ruehling had 11 points. Carlee Smartt added six points. Wrylee McDaniel scored three points. Lacie Wood-lee and Jaidys McDaniel tossed in two points each. Maci Freeman led the La-dy Bulldogs with 14 points. Sophie Layne scored six points. Shanea Wideman and Ayla Hoy had two points each.
The Lady Wildcats were down by one at halftime and came back with a big second half to take the win over the Lady Eagles. Briley Dempsey led the Lady Wildcats with ten points. Maggie Baskin fol-lowed with seven points. Alissa Dodson had six points. Jaycie Grooms added four points and Peyton Meeks had two points. Torie Anderson led the Lady Eagles with six points. Maddy Shrum and Abby Nunley each had four points. Morgan King tossed in two points.
The Lady Mountain Li-ons and the Lady Hornets had an exciting game as the Lady Mountain Lions came out on top with an overtime victory. Lakin Lauredine had a huge night for the Lady Moun-tain Lions scoring 20 of their 22 points with Madi-son King scoring the other two. Kendall Winton led the Lady Hornets with seven points. Mallorie Meeks followed with six points. Breezy Rollins scored three points. Cassie Ladd and Kathryn Lusk had two points each.
The Lady Rebels were hot Thursday night as they dominated the court. Jor-dan McCullough led the way for the Lady Rebels with 17 points. Abigail Chil-ders followed will 14 points. Charlsie Campbell and Allyson Dickerson both scored six points each. Kylee Whited added two points. Kati Davidson had four points for the La-dy Tigers. Torri Taylor, Emily Hill, and Chloe Wenger each added two points.
In a very exciting and back and forth game, the Warriors got the victory over the Bulldogs in their second overtime of the game. Kaleb Hartenstein and Peyton Huntley led the Warriors with nine points each. Jarod Huntley had eight points. Luke Rymer scored six points. Levi Nance led the Bull-dogs with eight points. Paul Allen Wise and Braden Hornbuckle had six points each. Gunner Meeks and Bailey Totherow each scored three points.
The Eagles, leading by one at halftime, couldn’t keep the Wildcats post player Dawson Misiolek off the boards as he dominated with rebounds and scoring. Misiolek led the Wildcats and all scorers with 21 points. Jordan Nance followed with 12 points. Jacob Partain and Matt Borne had three points each. Ethan Meeks, Alex Cranfill, and Clay Par-ker all scored two points each. Sam Parson led the Eagles with 13 points. Tyler Byers had seven points. Brendan Marsh scored six points. Alex Parson con-tributed five points. Jr. Crisp notched four points. Landon Hill had three points and Zach Carpenter tossed in two points.
The Hornets led the entire game taking a com-manding win over the Mountain Lions. Jacob Church had an outstanding night leading the Hornets with 29 points. Caden Rose scored eight points. Hunter Hanner had six points. Luke Meeks tossed in four points and Riley Hammond had two points. Mac led the Mountain Li-ons with 11 points. Gus had four points. Elijah and Spears scored three points each. Colin contributed with two points and Cason tossed in one point.
The Tigers came out strong in the first half and never looked back as they picked up the win defeat-ing the Rebels. Chase Layne led the Tigers with 11 points. Peyton Price and Lynden King each had nine points. Justin Jacobs scored six points. Reagan Hershman and Colton Rogers had two points each. Austin Higgins and Luke Henry both had six points each for the Rebels. Jathan Yokley followed with five points and KJ Layne tossed in one point.