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Lady Warriors, Eagles Snare Big 8 Tournament Crowns

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Jody Hargis
The North Lady Warriors and the Tracy City Eagles won Big 8 Tournament titles last Saturday night to go with their regular season titles. The Lady Warriors overcame a slow start to pull away from the Palmer Lady Bulldogs for a 53 – 25 win. The Eagles won a seesaw battle with the St. Andrews – Sewanee Mountain Lions 32 – 31.
In the consolation games, the Lady Tigers of Pelham took third place in the girls’ division with a 26 – 21 victory over the Lady Eagles of Tracy City. The North Warriors slipped by the Coalmont Rebels 41 – 37 to take third place in the boys’ division.
Tuesday’s 1st round action
(5) TCE Lady Eagles 22 (4) SAS Lady Mountain Lions 19
The Lady Eagles were the only lower seed in either the boys or girls bracket to record a victory when they upset the Lady Mountain Lions 22 – 19. The Lady Eagles outscored SAS 6 -1 in the final quarter to rally for the win and advanced to Thursday’s semi – finals. Angelia Sanders led the Lady Eagles with eight points. Madison King led SAS with 11 points.
(4) CES Rebels 50 (5) MES Hornets 40
The Rebels defeated the Hornets for the third time this season with the 50 – 40 victory to advance to Friday’s semi – finals. Ty Bray led a balanced Rebel attack with 16 points. Jathan Yokley and Luke Henry scored 12 points each. Jacob Church and Caden Rose scored 13 points each for the Hornets.
Thursday’s girls’ semi – final action
(2) Palmer Lady Bulldogs 38 (3) Pelham Lady Tigers 19
The Lady Bulldogs earned a spot in the tournament finals with a 38 – 19 victory over the Lady Tigers. Palmer jumped out to a commanding 15 – 2 lead after one quarter and never looked back. Maci Freeman led the win for the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points. Kati Beth Davidson led the Lady Tigers with seven points.
(1)NES Lady Warriors 53 (5) TCE Lady Eagles 9
The Lady Warriors earned their spot in the finals with an easy 53 – 9 win over the Lady Eagles. After scoring 16 points in the first two minutes of the first quarter, the Lady Warriors stretch that lead to a 24 – 4 lead after one quarter. The Lady Warriors breezed through the rest of the game. Jalie Ruehling led the way with 17 points. Wrylee McDaniel scored 12 points and Carlee Smartt scored 11 points to help the cause. Abby Nunley scored four points for the Lady Eagles.
Friday’s boys’ semi – final action
(1)TCE Eagles 51 (4)CES 24
The Eagles flew out to a 19 – 5 first quarter lead on their way to the 51 – 24 victory. The win secured a place in Saturday’s tournament finals. Brendan Marsh led the way with 19 points. Jr. Crisp scored 16 points and Sam Parson added 13 points to help in the win. Jathan Yokley scored 10 points for the Rebels.
(2)SAS Mountain Lions 38 (3) NES Warriors 31
The Mountain Lions won for the third time this year over the Warriors with a 38 – 31 victory. The win earned them a spot opposite TCE in the boys’ finals on Saturday night. The Mountain Lions outscored the Warriors in each of the first three quarters and then fought off a Warrior rally in the fourth to win the game. Ethan Hargis led the Mountain Lions with 12 points on four three pointers. Jarod Huntley and Isaac Campbell scored nine points each for North.
Saturday’s consolation action
(3) Pelham Lady Tigers 26 (5) TCE Lady Eagles 21
The Lady Tigers rallied from a seven point halftime deficit to snare third place in the girls’ division of the tournament with a 26 – 21 victory over the Lady Eagles. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Eagles 13 – 1 in the last half for the win. Kati Beth Davidson scored 14 points to lead the Lady Tigers. Angelia Sanders led the Lady Eagles with nine points.
(3) NES Warriors 41 (4) CES Rebels 37
The Warriors won a back and forth game with the Rebels 41 – 37 to take third place in the boys’ division of the tournament. The Warriors used an 18 – 13 edge in the fourth quarter to pull out their third victory over the Rebels on the season. Isaac Campbell led the Warriors with 14 points. Jarod Huntley added 13 points. Jathan Yokley led the Rebels with 13 points.
Saturday’s championship action
(1) NES Lady Warriors 53 (2) Palmer Lady Bulldogs 25
The Lady Warriors made it five tournament championships in a row with the 53 – 25 victory over the Lady Bulldogs. After falling behind 5 – 2 early, the Lady Warriors finished the first quarter with a 14 – 2 run for a 16 – 7 lead and never looked back. Jalie Ruehling led the way with 20 points. Carlee Smartt added 17 points for the Lady Warriors. Maci Freeman led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points.
(1) TCE Eagles 32 (2) SAS Mountain Lions 31
The Eagles won the boys’ championship in a seesaw affair 32 – 31 over the Mountain Lions. Jr. Crisp made the second of two free throws with :15 left and the Mountain Lions turned the ball over without getting a shot and the Eagles secured the tournament championship to go along with their regular season championship. Brendan Marsh scored 12 points for the Eagles and Jr. Crisp added 10 points. Robbie Johnston led the Mountain Lions with eight points.