Lincoln County High School’s Lady Falcons split in district basketball action last week.
On Friday, the ladies won over Tullahoma but had an off night on the road in Franklin County. LCHS is now 16-4 overall.
In District 8-AAA standings, Columbia leads at 4-0; Shelbyville, 3-1; Lincoln County and Franklin County, 2-2; Tullahoma, 1-3; and Lawrence County is 0-4.
“I was proud of the girls for battling against Tullahoma,” Coach Herman Hardin said of his ladies. “After such a bad game against Franklin County, it would have been easy for it to have gone downhill when we were down in the third quarter. But, they kept making plays when we had to have them. Tullahoma has a couple really good guards out front.
“We’ve got two tough home games this week against Columbia and Shelbyville,” Coach Hardin added. “It’s been a while since we’ve been at home. We’ve got to take them one game at a time and be mentally prepared for each game.”
Friday night the ladies won on the road over Tullahoma, 49-41.
Lincoln County was up 11-9 at the end of one. The ladies trailed 21-20 at the break.
Midway in the third period, the Lady Falcons were down by eight, but Rebecca Hone hit a three that got the ladies on the road to recovery. LCHS won the frame, 14-11, and was up 34-32 as the quarter came to a close.
In the fourth period, the ladies kept their foot on the gas, playing aggressive offensively. The ladies won the period, 15-9, with Cortney Storey scoring 7 points. Lincoln County went 7 of 8 from the line down the stretch for the win.
Storey led for the ladies with 23 points. Morgan Higgins had 14; McKinley Slayton and Rebecca Hone, 3; Shy Buchanan, Whitney Graham and Elizabeth Faulkner had 2.
The ladies were 15 of 32 from the paint and 2 of 22 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 13 of 15.
LCHS finished with 10 turnovers, while Tullahoma had 13.
Tuesday night the ladies took a tough 58-39 loss to Franklin County.
The Lady Rebels came into the match-up off a 43-42 upset loss to Tullahoma. They brought a much better game against the Lady Falcons.
The Achilles heel for the ladies was their ability to put the ball in the hole. The 39 points scored is well below their near 55-point average so far this season.
Lincoln County was 13 of 40 from the paint; 2 of 12 from the arch and 7 of 13 from the line. The Lady Rebels were 17 of 29 inside and 6 of 21 from long range led by Chelsea Holman with 29 points.
With 2:48 in the first, the ladies were up 11-4. But from that point, they lost their rhythm and never regained it.
LCHS was up 14-11 at the end of one.
In the second quarter, it was knotted at 16-16 with 6:56 on the clock. At the 6:16 mark, the Lady Rebels took the lead. From that point on, it was all Franklin County with the Lady Rebs winning the frame, 27-10. The Lady Falcons trailed 38-24 at the break.
The ladies slowed down Franklin County’s points in the second half, but the Lady Rebels won the 16 minutes, 20-15 for the win.
Khaila King led for LCHS with 18 points. Morgan Higgins had 10; Cortney Storey, 6; McKinley Slayton, 3; and Shy Buchanan scored 2.
Lincoln County won the turnover battle, 17-11. Franklin County won the boards, 40-29.
This week the ladies host Columbia Tuesday night. Friday, LCHS celebrates “White Out Night” hosting Shelbyville. Game times are at 6 p.m.
The Lady Falcons travel to Giles County Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.