Lady Warriors and Wildcats favorites for tourney titles
Last Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday saw the Big 8 regular season come to an end. The one thing that everyone probably can agree on is the North Lady Warriors and the Swiss Memorial Wildcats are overwhelming favorites going into the 45th Big 8 season ending tournament.
The Lady Warriors swept their two games with a 51 – 21 win over Coalmont and a 41 – 8 victory over Swiss Memorial. Those two wins gave the Lady Warriors their third consecutive conference championship and back-to-back 14 – 0 seasons.
The Wildcats countered with two wins of their own. They defeated SAS 70 – 12 and North 49- 23. These victories gave the Wildcats their third consecutive unbeaten conference record and regular season championship.
Other games saw the Lady Bulldogs of Palmer and the Lady Hornets of Monteagle get two wins, while SAS Lady Mountain Lions and Coalmont Lady Rebels earned a split in their two games.
Girls’ January 9
NES 51 CES 21
This game had the makings of a potential upset as the Lady Rebels lost a close game to the Lady Warriors earlier in the season. However, the Lady Warriors were going to have none of that as they ran out to a 32 – 5 halftime lead and never looked back. McKenzie Broadway was dominating as she poured in 35 points to lead the victory. Abigail Childers led the Lady Rebels with 13 markers.
Palmer 41 Pelham 18
MacKenzie Reeves (16) and Faith Coffelt (14) combined for 30 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs by the Lady Tigers 41 – 18. A 20 – 7 third quarter broke open a tied game at halftime and the hosts never looked back. Destiny Stevens led the Lady Tigers with seven points.
MES 34 TCE 17
The Lady Hornets jumped out to an 18 – 5 halftime lead and was able to play their bench in securing their 11th win on the season. The league’s leading scorer, Ashley Green, led the victory with 20 points. Kaylee Lawson added 10 points. Alyssa Parson led the Lady Eagles with 11 points.
Girls’ January 10
Palmer 43 TCE 13
The Lady Bulldogs raced out to a 35 – 0 halftime lead and coasted to the victory that gave them a 7 – 7 record for the year. Faith Coffelt led the victors with 15 points. Maci Freeman add
12 points. Alyssa Parson scored 10 points for the Lady Eagles.
MES 47 Pelham 33
The Lady Hornets capped an impressive 12 – 2 campaign with the 47 – 33 victory at Pelham. Kaylee Lawson poured in 20 markers to lead the charge. Ashley Green tossed in 16 points to help the cause. Julie Parks led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, while Trinity Taylor chipped in with 10 points.
SAS 34 SMES 15
The Lady Mountain Lions avenged their earlier loss to the Lady Wildcats with a 34 – 15 victory. Lakin Laurendine scored 14 points and Madison King added 12 points to lead the way. A 14 – 4 second quarter proved to be the spark the visitors needed to overcome Swiss Memorial. Maggie Baskin led the Lady Wildcats with seven points.
Girls’ January 12
NES 41 SMES 8
The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 27 – 3 halftime lead and coasted to the 41 – 8 victory. McKenzie Broadway led the Lady Warriors with 14 points. Jaylen Thomas scored six points for the Lady Wildcats.
CES 50 SAS 15
The Lady Rebels shutout the Lady Mountain Lions 28 – 0 as they broke open a tight game at halftime. Abigail Childers was unstoppable for the Lady Rebels as she poured in 24 points. Charlsie Campbell added 13 points in the victory. Lakin Laurendine led the Lady Mountain Lions with 10 points.
Boys’ January 9
NES 55 CES 23
The Warriors behind a balanced scoring attack raced past the Rebels 55 – 23. Braxton Norris and Harley King scored 17 points each, while Jarom Huntley added 15 to lead the way. Luke Henry led the Rebels with 13 markers and Colton McDaniel added 10 points.
Palmer 41 Pelham 38
The Palmer Bulldogs were able to avenge a loss to the Tigers earlier in the season with a thrilling 41 – 38 victory. Bryson Braden led the Bulldogs with 21 points as they locked up the fifth seed for the tournament with the win. Bailey Hill and Junior Parks had 19 and 10 points, respectively for the Tigers.
TCE 39 MES 35
The Eagles were also able to exact some revenge on the Hornets with the 39 – 35 victory that at the time gave the Eagles second place. The league’s leading scorer Gage Reeves poured in 26 points to lead the Eagles’ victory. Big Jacob McElroy added 11 points on the inside. H.B. Hargis led the Hornets with 10 points.
Boys’ January 10
Palmer 32 TCE 25
The red-hot Bulldogs continued their winning ways by stunning the Eagles and dropping them out of second place. Ben Freeman poured in 22 points to lead the victory. The Eagles, who will be the third seed in the tournament, were led by Gage Reeves with 11 points. Since the return of Bryson Braden the Bulldogs have won three of four league games in addition to capturing the silver division of the Jingle Bell Classic.
MES 53 Pelham 51
The Hornets rallied to secure the second seed and a second place tie with Tracy City with the thrilling 53 – 51 come from behind victory. The dynamic duo of H.B Hargis (27) and Summer Dees (22) combined for 49 points to lead the Hornet victory. Bailey Hill led all scorers with 31 points for the Tigers. Junior Parks added 10 points.
SMES 70 SAS 12
The Wildcats were too much for the Mountain Lions en route to their victory. Jaden Ruehling led four Wildcats in double digits with 19 points. Thaddaeus Blackburn, Kase King, and Jordan Hackworth scored 14, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Cameron Harmon led the Mountain Lions with five points.
Boys’ January 12
SAS 29 CES 19
The Mountain Lions jumped out to a 21 – 12 lead and held off the Rebels 29 – 19. Nathan
King led the hosts with 13 points. Colton McDaniel led the Rebels with 10 points.
SMES 49 NES 23
The Wildcats capped their third consecutive 14 – 0 record with an easy victory over the North Warriors 49 – 23. Jaden Ruehling led the win with 15 points. Thaddaeus Blackburn added 10 points. Braxton Norris led the Warriors with nine markers.