After advancing with a win over Franklin County in the consolation of District 8-AAA action, Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcon basketball season came to an end in a battle with Oakland, 54-47, in the first round of Region 4 tournament play.
Friday night, the ladies brought a good game to the Lady Patriots’ home court, taking it down to the wire. All four District 8-AAA teams went down in the first round, strapped with tough opponents from Rutherford County. Blackman won over Franklin County, 55-8; Riverdale defeated Columbia, 65-47; and Smyrna won over Shelbyville, 46-35.
In the boys’ region action, all four teams from District 8-AAA were sent to the house, as well. Blackman defeated Coffee County, 69-41; LaVergne won over Franklin County, 76-43; Smyrna defeated Columbia, 75-65; and Siegel won over Lawrence County, 73-38.
The Lady Falcons trailed Oakland Friday night, 17-13, at the end of one. The Lady Patriots won the second frame, 17-9, and were up, 34-22, going into the break.
But, the excitement was far from over. The Lady Patriots went cold with Shelby Gibson on the bench in foul trouble. Khaila King knotted it with back-to-back baskets in the final ticks of the third. Lincoln County won the period, 14-2, and it was tied at 36-36 going into the fourth.
With Gibson back in the game, the ladies trailed by as many as six in the fourth, down 49-43 with 1:37 on the clock. But, McKinley Slayton cut the margin to three, 50-47, with 34 seconds remaining. The ladies were in a must-foul situation, and the Lady Patriots made the shots down the stretch to finish with the win, 54-47.
Cortney Storey set the pace for the Lady Falcons with 13; Makinley Fitch, 9; Morgan Higgins, 8; Bethany Lamon, 6; Khaila King, 4; Chelsea Gatlin, 3; McKinley Slayton and Samantha Williams scored 2.
The ladies were 13 of 27 inside and 5 of 19 from the arch. From the line, LCHS was 6 of 6.
Fitch hit 3 from the arch. Storey and Gatlin had 1 each.
Oakland won the boards, 35-27. LCHS was led by Slayton with 5.
The Lady Falcons defeated Franklin County, 52-42, in the consolation game of District 8-AAA tournament action on Monday of last week.
Storey was named to both the All-District and All-Tournament teams.
Monday against Franklin County, the ladies were up 10-6 at the end of the first quarter and 18-12 at the intermission.
LCHS won the third frame, 14-6, and took a 32-18 lead into the fourth. At one point, the ladies enjoyed a 16-point lead, 32-16.
But, Franklin County was not going down easy. Lady Rebel Danielle Jordan took control of the game, scoring 12 of her 20 points in the final period. With 2:12 on the clock, it was an eight-point ball game with the ladies up 40-32. But, the Lady Rebs never cut that margin. McKinley Fitch and Cortney Storey dropped shots from the line down the stretch, and LCHS finished with the win.
Storey led for the ladies with 19; Samantha Williams, 10; Bethany Lamon, 8; Makinley Fitch, 4; Chelsea Gatlin, 3; Brianna Sanders, Morgan Higgins, Khaila King and McKinley Slayton scored 2.
LCHS was 14 of 27 in the paint and 4 for 14 from the arch coming from Storey with 2 and Gatlin and Lamon with one. From the line, the ladies were 12 of 15.
The Lady Falcons won the boards, 38-28, led by Williams with 9.
Senior Lady Falcons wrapping up their careers are Cortney Storey, Khaila King and McKinley Slayton.