The Palmer Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs won both of their games against the visiting Pelham Lady Tigers and Tigers in Big 8 action last week. Palmer coach Daniel Crabtree, who does double duty by coaching both teams, needed those wins for different reasons. The Lady Bulldogs put a little space between second and third place in the girls’ division with a defensive battle with the Lady Tigers winning 26 – 12. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs picked up where they left off against Coalmont by putting together another offensive explosion and held off the Tigers 49 -43.
In other action last week, the North Lady Warriors and the Tracy City Eagles both improved to 10 – 0 on the season and continued to prove they are the teams to beat in their respective divisions. The SAS Lady Mountain Lions avenged an earlier loss to the Lady Wildcats of Swiss Memorial with a 45 – 33 win. The Mountain Lions took the season sweep of the Wildcats with a 52 – 30 victory. The North Warriors nipped the Monteagle Hornets 41 – 39 to get a big road win and stay in second place by a game over SAS. The Tracy City Lady Eagles got the season sweep of the Coalmont Lady Rebels.
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The Lady Bulldogs got the season sweep and improved their lead over the third place Lady Tigers to a game and a half lead with the 26 – 12 win. Maci Freeman led the win with 12 points as the hosts raced out to an 18 – 2 halftime lead and maintained their double digit lead through-out the contest. Kati Beth Davidson, Stevie King, and Abi Seagroves each scored 4 points for Pelham.
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True to form, the Lady Warriors used a first quarter explosion to put their game away early. They raced out to a 29 – 6 lead and coasted from there. Jalie Ruehling scored 27 points to lead the way, while Carlee Smartt added 15 points. Nine Lady Warriors hit the scoring column. Katherine Lusk scored six points for Monteagle.
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The Lady Mountain Lions broke open a close game at halftime with a 14 – 5 third quarter on their way to a 45 – 33 win. Madison King scored 25 points and Lucy Cassell scored 14 points to lead SAS. King was injured and didn’t play against Swiss Memorial when they lost earlier in the season. Peyton Meeks led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points.
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The Lady Eagles moved into fifth place with their season sweep of Coalmont as they defeated the Lady Rebels 43 – 19. Tracy City raced out to a 28 – 7 lead at the half to pace them to the victory. Angelia Sanders scored 23 points and Shelby Nunley scored 10 points to lead the winners. Allyson Dickerson led Coalmont with nine points.
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The Bulldogs scored 33 points combined in the second and third quarters to rally and then hold off the improving Pelham Tigers 49 – 43. Bailey Totherow tossed in 17 points to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Braden Hornbuckle and Johnathan Nolan scored 12 and 11 points, re-spectively to help the Bulldogs snap their six game losing streak. Hunter O’Neal and Parker Geier scored 13 points each to lead the Tigers. Jacob Layne added 10 points for the Tigers.
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The Warriors got the season sweep of the Hornets with the close 41 – 39 win. The game was tight throughout the night, as North’s Jarod Huntley and Monteagle’s Jacob Church battled toe to toe to lead their respective teams. Huntley led the Warriors with 24 points. Church led the Hornets with 20 points, while Caden Rose chipped in with 12 markers.
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The Mountain Lions used precision ball move-ment and a tough defense to get the sweep of the Wildcats 52 – 30. Kyler Cantrell poured in 20 points to lead the balanced attack. Spears Askew tossed in 14 points for SAS. Dylan Sanders led Swiss Memorial with 11 points.
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The Eagles handed the Rebels their second loss in the last three games and got the season sweep with the hard fought 45 – 34 victory. Sam Parson led the way for the victors with 18 points. Brendan Marsh and Jr. Crisp scored 14 and 11 points, respectively for the Eagles. Luke Henry led the Rebels with 11 points.