The finals of the Big 8 tournament gave the fans plenty of excitement during both championship games. Both games were close the entire game and came down to the last minutes. The North Lady Warriors and the Swiss Wildcats were able to claim their fourth consecutive title as Big 8 champs.
North 45 Swiss 36
The first seeded North Lady Warriors had the lead 29-11 over the fifth seeded Swiss Lady Wildcats. The Lady Wildcats didn’t give up and came out in the third quarter to outscore the Lady Warriors 13-10. The Lady Wildcats continued their drive outscoring the Lady Warriors who had gotten into foul trouble 12-6, but came up short as the Lady Warriors held on for the win to advance to the championship game.
Jalie Ruehling led the Lady Warriors with 14 points. Carlee Smartt followed with 11 points. Kaylee Smartt scored 10 points. Kaitlyn Kirby and Mallory Northcutt had 4 points each. Jocelyn Partin tossed in 2 points.
Briley Dempsey led the Lady Wildcats with 15 points. Maggie Baskin followed with 11 points. Jaycie Grooms and Peyton Meeks scored 4 points each. Kimber Thomas had 2 points.
Coalmont 39 SAS 24
The second seeded Coalmont Lady Rebels jumped off to an 11-1 lead in the first quarter and had a 17-9 lead at the half over the third seeded SAS Lady Mountain Lions. The Lady Rebels continued their lead to notch the win and advance to the championship game.
Jordan McCullough led the Lady Rebels with 17 points. Abigail Childers followed with 12 points. Charlsie Campbell scored 9 points and Allyson Dickerson had one point.
Madison King led the Lady Mountain Lions with 11 points. Nailah Hamilton scored 8 points and Lakin Laurendine had 5 points.
Swiss 31 North 20
The number one seeded Swiss Wildcats had the lead 15-13 at the half over the fifth seeded North Warriors. The Wildcats continued their lead for the win advancing to the championship game.
Jordan Nance led the Wildcats with 11 points. Dawson Misiolek followed with 10 points. Jacob Partain scored 8 points and Ian Stotts tossed in 2 points.
Kaleb Hartenstien led the Warriors with 8 points. Jarod Huntley followed with 7 points. Luke Rymer scored 3 points and Isaac Campbell had 2 points.
Pelham 33 Tracy 27
In a close game, the second seeded Pelham Tigers had the lead 22-18 at the half over the third seeded Tracy Eagles. The third quarter was low scoring with the Tigers only scoring 4 and the Eagles scoring 0. The Eagles outscored the Tigers in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to gain the lead. The Tigers held on for a 33-27 win to advance to the championship game.
Peyton Price led the Tigers with 10 points. Chase Layne followed with 9 points. Lynden King scored 7 points. Justin Jacobs had four points and Michael Rollins tossed in 3 points.
Jr Crisp and Brendon Marsh led the Eagles with 8 points each. Tyler Byers followed with 7 points and Landon Hill scored 4 points.
SAS 27 Swiss 17
The third seeded SAS Lady Mountain Lions had the lead at the half 12-10 in a back and forth game against the fifth seeded Swiss Lady Wildcats. SAS was able to keep the lead the entire second half for a 27-17 win to take home the third place trophy.
Madison King led the Lady Mountain Lions with 12 points. Lakin Laurendine followed with 10 points. Nailah Hamilton scored 3 points and Hadlee Hale tossed in 2 points.
Briley Dempsey, Peyton Meeks, Kimber Thomas, and Maggie Baskin all scored 4 points each for the Lady Wildcats. Jacie Grooms tossed in one point.
North 34 Tracy 31
The fifth seeded North Warriors had the lead at the half over the third seeded Tracy City Eagles 16-12. The second half gave much excitement to the fans as the game came down to the last seconds with the Warriors pulling off the upset 34-31 and taking home the third place trophy.
Isaac Campbell led the Warriors with 12 points. Kaleb Hartenstien followed with 11 points. Peyton Huntley scored 5 points. Luke Rymer had 4 points and Jarod Huntley tossed in 2 points.
Jr Crisp and Tyler Byes led the Eagles with 9 points each. Zachary Carpenter followed with 8 points. Landon Hill and Alex Parson scored 2 points each. Sam Parson tossed in one point.
North 40 Coalmont 37
This back and forth game had all the excitement you would hope for in a championship game. The Coalmont Lady Rebels had a one point lead at the end of the first quarter 12-11. The North Lady Warriors had a huge second quarter as they were able to knock down some threes and put 17 points on the board while holding the Lady Rebels to just 4 points giving them a 28-16 lead at the half. The Lady Rebels made a comeback in the third quarter bringing the score to 32-29 with the Lady Warriors still in the lead. The game came down to the last seconds as the Lady Warriors were able to hold on to the lead and win their fourth consecutive championship.
Jalie Ruehling led the Lady Warriors with 15 points. Kaylee Smartt followed with 13 points. Laci Woodlee scored 4 points. Kaitlyn Kirby and Carlee Smartt had 3 points each. Mia Lusk tossed in two points.
Jordan McCullough led the Lady Rebels with 18 points. Abigail Childers followed with 9 points. Kylee Whited scored 4 points. Charlsie Campbell, Olivia Nunley, and Allyson Dickerson all had 2 points each.
Swiss 47 Pelham 38
The first quarter of play was low scoring with the Tigers in the lead over the Wildcats 2-4. Both teams picked it up in the second quarter and the Tigers led 18-13 at the half. The Wildcats were able to score 15 points in the third quarter while holding the Tigers to only 6 points giving them a 28-24 lead. The Wildcats continued to outscore the Tigers in the fourth for a 47-38 win for their fourth consecutive championship.
Jordan Nance led the Wildcats with 17 points. Jacob Partain followed with 11 points. Ethan Meeks scored 10 points. Dawson Misiolek had 4 points. Matt Borne and Alex Cranfill scored 2 points each. Ian Stotts tossed in one point.
Chase Layne led the Tigers with 14 points. Justin Jacobs followed with 11 points. Peyton Price scored 8 points. Lynden King had 4 points and Michael Rollins tossed in one point.