Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcons opened District 8-AAA tournament action with a 55-41 win on the road Thursday night over Tullahoma. But, the victory matched the ladies up in the second round against the number-one seed Lady Lions from Columbia. LCHS went down in a battle, 55-47.
In other Thursday night tournament action Shelbyville won over Coffee County, 51-45. Franklin County defeated Lawrence County, in overtime, 46-45.
Saturday, Shelbyville finished on top of Franklin County, 45-27. Lincoln County was to have matched up with Franklin County in the consolation game Monday, and Columbia and Shelbyville played for the championship.
“I was proud of the way we battled all week but especially with Columbia,” said Coach Herman Hardin. “At one point early in the fourth, we were down by 10, and that’s when a lot of teams would have folded, but we didn’t.
“Defensively, we’re playing pretty good ball right now,” he added. “Take out the free throws down the stretch, and we’d have held Columbia to scoring in the forties, and they a very athletic team.”
The Lady Falcons battled well against an athletic Columbia team Saturday. The ladies were up 16-14 at the end of one and 27-25 at the intermission.
But, the Lady Lions had a big third quarter – with 4:20 in the period, Columbia took the lead, 33-32. They would not trail again. With four seconds remaining, the Lady Lions nailed a shot and enjoyed their biggest lead of the night, 44-34.
But, the action was far from over. Lincoln County won the final frame, 13-11. The Lady Falcons chipped away at the margin, and with 1:26 remaining in the game, Cortney Storey hit one from the arch, and LCHS trailed 48-45. With 1:07, Samantha Williams scored, keeping it within three, and it was a 50-47 ball game. Columbia made the free throws down the stretch to finish with the win, 55-47.
Cortney Storey led for the ladies with 18; Morgan Higgins and Khaila King, 7; Bethany Lamon and Samantha Williams, 4; Brianna Sanders, 3; McKinley Slayton and Makinley Fitch had 2.
LCHS won the boards, 38-36, led by Williams with 8. King had 7.
The Lady Falcons picked up 23 points off turnovers to 15 for the Lady Lions.
Thursday night after trailing at the half, 25-22, Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcons advanced to the second round of District 8-AAA tournament action, defeating Tullahoma on the road, 55-41.
Early in the first, the ladies were up, 11-3, but the Lady Wildcats got on a run, and the Lady Falcons were on top, 16-12, at the end of one.
In the second, Tullahoma knotted it at 22-all with 55 seconds on the clock. The Lady ‘Cats nailed a three at the buzzer and were up 25-22 at the intermission.
Samantha Williams gave the ladies the lead 27-26 from the line with 6:25 in the third.
The Lady Falcons would not trail again. The ladies won the eight minutes, 21-7, led by Storey who added 13 and were on top, 43-32, going into the final frame.
LCHS won the fourth quarter, 12 to 9, for the win.
Storey’s career high 31 points led for the ladies, going 5 of 10 in the paint, 5 of 7 from the arch and 6 of 8 from the line. Morgan Higgins and Khaila King finished with 8; Bethany Lamon, 5; and Samantha Williams scored 3.
Lincoln County was 13 of 26 in the paint and 5 of 11 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 14 of 26.
LCHS won the boards, 41-23, led by King with 8. Lamon finished with five steals.