The finals of the Big 8 tournament played out with very little suspense as the North Lady Warriors and the Swiss Memorial Wildcats breezed through the championship games to snare third consecutive titles for each team. The finals went as suspected even as first round upsets were the theme of the tournament.
After three first round upsets last Saturday, the fifth seeded Bulldogs of Palmer made it four upsets in the first round by winning a seesaw affair with the North Warriors 43 – 38.
The semifinals went as predicted with the number one seeds advancing along with the number two seed in the other girls’ bracket. The sixth seed defeated the seventh seed in the other boys’ bracket. North defeated Palmer 42 – 13 in one girls’ semifinal, while Monteagle defeated Coalmont 41 – 28. On the boys’ side of things, Swiss Memorial defeated Palmer 57 -22 and Pelham defeated SAS 42 -13.
In the championship games the Lady Warriors jumped out to a 27 – 12 lead after three quarters and held off a good effort by the Lady Hornets to win 32 – 23. The Wildcats jumped out 19 – 5 after one quarter and never looked back as they raced past Pelham 54 – 12.
All Star games
The 3rd Annual All Stars games will be held Saturday at Grundy County High School. The girls’ game starts at 6 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.