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Fayetteville Middle School’s Lady Tigers won the consolation game of the TMSAA Area/2AA tournament, defeating Lewis County, 37-31, on Thursday.
FMS was the host school for the event.
The win sends the ladies to the sectionals played at Harpeth Middle School where they match up with Cheatham County Tuesday starting at 4:30 p.m.
Lead by coaches Kim Brewer and Holly Hoagland, the Lady Tigers advanced in the first round of the tournament, defeating Spring Hill Middle School, 26-23, but falling to E.O. Coffman, 42-34, in their second game, sending the ladies to the consolation game.
Against Lewis County, it was a battle going down to the wire. Both teams put seven points on the board in the first quarter. In the second, the lead would change five times. With 25 ticks remaining in the period, D.J. Horton knotted it with a three at 17-17 going into the break.
In the third, the ladies trailed 23-20 with 1:09 on the clock. Again in the final minute, Horton nailed a 3-pointer, and it was tied at 23-23 going into the final frame.
With 4:08 in the fourth, the Lady Panthers were up by five, 28-23, but the Lady Tigers began chipping away at the lead while Lewis struggled to find the hole. Horton hit back-to-back three pointers, giving the ladies the lead, 29-28, with 2:47 remaining in the game. FMS would not trail again.
The Lady Tigers won the final minutes, 8-3, for the win, 37-31.
D.J. Horton led for the ladies with 24 points, hitting six shots from the arch; Aly Hargrave scored 8 with 2 from the arch; Kevondria Carr, 3; and Casey McNeal scored 2.
Fayetteville was 5 of 10 from the line.