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Fayetteville High School’s Lady Tigers hosted Loretto’s Lady Mustangs Monday night of last week, then played in the Forrest Classic over the holidays.
Against Loretto, the ladies brought one of their best games of the season to the court despite being down to a roster of six. Jasmine Parks turned an ankle at practice and was on the bench with crutches.
Last year the Lady Mustangs made it to the final eight in TSSAA State Tournament action; they lost two seniors from that team. Monday night, Loretto finished on top 64-52.
Throughout the game, the Lady Tigers were that itch that wasn’t going to go away. Loretto opened strong with Caylie Wallace dropping three from the arch in the first period.
It seemed the Lady Mustangs were on autopilot to a win, up 38-23, at the break. But, in the third, the Lady Tigers began chipping away at the lead. Paeshence Thompson scored 8 points in the period. With 55 seconds in the third, she dropped two from the line, cutting the lead to single digits. At the end of three, it was a 50-42 ballgame.
With 3:06 in the fourth, Trevah Thompson scored, making it a three-point game. The Lady Tigers trailed 54-51, but that was as close as it would get. With Lexie Horton fouling out of the game, the ladies were down to five players. With the shallow bench, the ladies had to be careful pressuring the ball. Loretto made 6 of 7 free throws down the stretch to finish with the win.
Paeshence Thompson finished with 16; Trevah Thompson, 14; Liz Gurley, 8; Tamia Baker, 6; Lexie Horton and Kerry Brown had 4.
The ladies were 10 of 22 from the line. Tamia Baker and Liz Gurley had 2 each from the arch.
Over the Thanksgiving holidays, the Lady Tigers played in the Forrest Classic in Chapel Hill. The ladies were still working with a roster of six as Parks remained on the bench with an injury.
FHS opened on Wednesday, taking on Giles County, and went down 49-40.
Trevah Thompson led for the ladies with 19; Paeshance Thompson, 8; Tamia Baker, 6; and Liz Gurley scored 5.
From the arch, Tamia Baker had 2, and Trevah Thompson and Liz Gurley had 1.
Friday in the second round of the classic, the ladies defeated LEAD Academy, 55-18.
Trevah Thompson led the scoring with 22; Paeshence Thompson, 14; Tamia Baker, 11; Liz Gurley, 6 and Kerry Brown had 2.
Tamia Baker had three shots from the arch.
Saturday, the Lady Tigers’ game with Gabriel Christian Academy was cancelled.
For their next action, the ladies travel to Middle Tennessee Christian Tuesday before traveling to Cornersville on Friday. Game time is at 6 p.m.