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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:43 am

The St. Andrew’s – Sewanee Lady Mountain Lions traveled to Palmer last Thursday night and eased by the Lady Bulldogs 22 – 20 in arguably the most exciting girls’ game of the week. Meanwhile, the Lady Warriors of North Elementary School ran their record to 4 – 0, with wins against Palmer Elementary School and Monteagle Elementary School. The Pelham Lady Tigers won their first game of the season with a home victory over Swiss Memorial. Also, during the week MES and SMES got their first wins of the season. The Coalmont Lady Rebels rebounded from their heartbreaking loss to Palmer with wins over Pelham and Tracy City.

November 1 games:

NES 44 Palmer 20

Lady Warrior post player Mackenzie Broadway continues to prove to be dominant in the paint as the hosts disposed of a talented group of Lady Bulldogs 44 – 20. Broadway dumped in 18 points to lead the way.  She had help from her teammates as the other four starters scored at least six points. Faith Coffelt and Destiney Totherow led the Lady Bulldogs with five points each.

CES 28 Pelham 12

The Lady Rebels bounced back from their tough loss last Thursday at Palmer as they shutout the Lady Tigers in the first half 16 – 0, in route to their 28 – 12 victory. Jordan McCullough led a balanced attack with eight points. Julie Parks led the Lady Tigers with six points.

MES 25 SAS 15

The Lady Hornets won their season opener at St. Andrew’s – Sewanee over the Lady Mountain Lions 25 – 15. Ashley Green dropped in 11 markers to lead her team to the win.  The Lady Hornets played strong defensively as they limited their hosts to eight points through the first three quarters. Lakin Laurendine led the Lady Mountain Lions with eight points.


The Lady Wildcats opened their 2016 – 17 season with a home victory over the Lady Eagles of Tracy City 20 – 10. Maggie Baskin led the way with six points. Alyssa Parson led all scorers for Tracy City with eight points.

November 3 games:

SAS 22 Palmer 20

This game was close throughout the entire contest. The Lady Bulldogs led for most of the game, but the Lady Mountain Lions, behind the play of Lakin Laurendine, wouldn’t go away. Laurendine scored 16 of her team’s 22 points and was a force in the middle on defense to lift her team to their second victory of the season. The 22 – 20 win evened the Lady Mountain Lions record at 2 – 2. MacKenzie Reeves led the Lady Bulldogs with seven points.

Pelham 26 SMES 20

The Lady Tigers of Pelham have had their struggles over the last two years, but last Thursday night they were able to garner their first victory of 2016 – 2-017 with a 26 – 20 victory over visiting Swiss Memorial. The Lady Tigers used a 12 – 0 second quarter to spark them to their victory.  Julie Parks led a balanced attack with eight points. Aly Cummings led the Lady Wildcats with seven points.

NES 38 MES 15

The Lady Warriors ran their Big 8 record to 4 – 0 on the season as they traveled to Monteagle and defeated the Lady Hornets 38 – 15. The Lady Warriors used a strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to roll to the victory. Mackenzie Broadway led the way with 13 points. Ashley Green led the hosts with nine points.

CES 48 TCES 22

The Lady Rebels picked up their second victory of the week by racing past the Lady Eagles of Tracy City 48 – 22. The Lady Rebels ran their record to 2 – 1 on the season. Abigail Childers led the winners with 17 markers. Katie Brown chipped in 14 to support the Lady Rebel cause. Alyssa Parson tossed in 16 points to lead the Lady Eagles.

The Monteagle Hornets opened their 2016 -17 season with two impressive victories last week. They opened their season with a 48 – 30 victory at SAS, while last Thursday they rallied to defeat the previously undefeated North Warriors 62 – 58 in their home opener. Also, last week saw another thrilling finish at Palmer as the St. Andrew’s – Sewanee Mountain Lions nipped the host Bulldogs 30 -29. The Swiss Memorial Wildcats continued their dominance with two victories during the week. The Tracy City Eagles, Pelham Tigers, and North Warriors were also victorious last week.

November 1 games:

Pelham 34 CES 15

The Tigers used a balanced attack and a stingy defense to race out to a 20 – 3 halftime lead on their way to their 34 – 15 victory over the host Rebels. Junior Parks led the way with 10 points, while Peyton Price added nine markers. Colton McDaniel led the Rebels with five points.

NES 46 Palmer 11

Braxton Norris proved to be too much for the Bulldogs. Norris poured in 28 points to lead the Warriors to the route of their visitors from Palmer. The Warriors limited the Bulldogs to a total of four points in the first, second, and fourth quarters. Ben Freeman led the Bulldogs with seven points.

MES 48 SAS 30

The Hornets used a fast paced full court press and the outstanding backcourt play of their guard tandem of H.B. Hargis and J.T. Schaerer to blow past their hosts 48 -30. Hargis tossed in 18 points, while Schaerer added 11 points. Summer Dees was strong on the inside with 13 points. Nathan King led the way for the Mountain Lions with 14 points.


The Wildcats opened their season at home with a strong performance in overpowering the Eagles 71 – 23. The backcourt duo of Jaden Ruehling and Jordan Hackworth combined for 33 points to lead the charge. Ruehling tossed in 17 points, while Hackworth added 16. Big Thaddaeus Blackburn added 10 markers on the inside for the Wildcats, who seemed to have picked up where they left off from last year.  Gage Reeves scored 16 points to lead the Eagles.

November 3 games:

MES 62 NES 58

The Hornets rallied from a halftime deficit (30 – 24) to defeat the previously undefeated Warriors in a thriller in their home opener 62 – 58. Foul trouble by point guard J.T. Schaerer put the Hornets in a hole early.  Backcourt mate H.B. Hargis took over the point and along with Summer Dees on the inside stabilized the Hornets’ effort and led the comeback. Head Coach Colby Newsome said, “H.B. did a great job at point, running it for the first time in his career.” He added, Summer took control of the game and we got big free throws from Jacob Dixon and Matthew Meeks.” Hargis and Dees poured in 29 points each to lead the way.  Jarom Huntley and Braxton Norris led the charge for the Warriors with 20 points each.

SAS 30 Palmer 29

Nathan King’s eight foot floater with :05.4 left in the contest proved to be the difference in this see saw affair. The Mountain Lions raced out to a 15 – 5 lead, but the Bulldogs behind an outstanding performance by Ben Freeman scored 15 unanswered to end the first half with a 20 -15 lead. The Mountain Lions rallied in the third quarter to tie the score at 26 – 26 entering the final stanza. The defenses of both teams took control until King’s late game heroics. The Bulldogs called timeout and Freeman dribbled up the left side of the court and heaved a desperation three pointer from half court that missed and the Mountain Lions were victorious for the first time this season with a 30 – 29 win.  King had 14 points, while Cameron Harmon added10 markers. Freeman led the Bulldogs and all scorers with 22 points.

SMES 57 Pelham 20

The Wildcats once again displayed their dominating backcourt duo of Jaden Ruehling and Jordan Hackworth as the visitors raced out to a 40 – 8 advantage at intermission. Ruehling led the victors with 21 points, while Hackworth and Thaddaeus Blackburn tossed in 10 points each. Junior Parks led the hosts with seven points. The 57 -20 victory gives the Wildcats a 2 – 0 record to start the 2016 – 17 campaign.

TCES 42 CES 21

The inside – outside combination of Gage Reeves and Jacob McElroy proved too much for the visiting Rebels. Reeves and McElroy tossed in 12 points each to lead the hosts to a 42 – 21 victory.  Alex Parson added nine points for the Eagles who are 2 – 1 on the season. Colton McDaniel and Luke Henry led the Rebels with seven points each.