Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcons secured home court advantage in the first round of District 8-AAA tournament action, defeating Tullahoma at home Tuesday night.
The win also gives the ladies their 20th win of the season as the team now stands 20-9 overall. It’s the fifth Lady Falcon team in the school’s history to reach the mark. Friday night the ladies went down on the road to Columbia.
The Lady Lions finished district play at 10-0; Shelbyville, 7-3; Franklin County, 5-5; Lincoln County and Tullahoma, 4-6; and Lawrence County, 0-10. Three of the ladies district losses were by a combined 9 points.
The Lady Falcons will host Tullahoma Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the first round of tournament action. LCHS is the host school for the balance of the tournament starting at 2 p.m. Saturday with four games to be played. The girls’ consolation and championship games will be played Monday night.
Friday night the ladies went down to Columbia, 67-48.
The Lady Lions won the first period 13-8. Both teams added 13 in the second, and the Lady Falcons trailed 26-21 at the break. LCHS kept the game within striking distance, trailing 47-38 at the end of three.
With seven minutes in the fourth, the ladies cut the margin to six, but the Lady Lions got on a run and won the final stanza 20-10 to finish with the win.
McKinley Slayton led for the ladies with 13; Cortney Storey, 12; Shy Buchanan, 8; Khaila King, 7; and Khiana Miller and Whitney Graham, 3.
The ladies shot better from the arch than they did from the paint, going 9 of 23 from downtown and 7 of 24 inside. From the line, the ladies were 7 of 10. Slayton had 3 from downtown, Storey and Buchanan had 2, and Miller and Graham had 1.
Columbia picked up 26 points on turnovers.
Tuesday night the ladies won over Tullahoma 59-32. Lincoln County’s roster was thin down to seven players with Elizabeth Faulkner and Amy Ann McCormick out due to sickness and Cecilee Dickens and Rebecca Hone sidelined with injuries.
LCHS opened up quick on top 21-11 at the end of one. In the second McKinley Slayton added two from the arch. The Lady Falcons won the period 13-11 and were up 34-22 at the break.
The ladies expanded their lead, taking the third 12-7 and were on top 46-29.
In the final stanza LCHS got the job done from the line going 11 of 14 from the stripe. The ladies won the period 13-3 for the win.
Morgan Higgins led for the ladies with 20 points; Cortney Storey had 15; McKinley Slayton, 9; Khaila King and Whitney Graham, 6; Khiana Miller, 2; and Shy Buchanan, 1.
Higgins went 5 of 8 from the floor and 10 of 12 from the line. Storey was 4 of 6 inside and 7 of 10 from the stripe. As a team the ladies were 12 of 29 from the paint; 5 of 14 from the arch and 20 of 27 from the line. Slayton was 3 of 3 from downtown, Graham was 2 of 4.
The Lady Falcons dominated the boards 45-26, led by Khiala King with 8.