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Lady Tigers improve as season wraps up

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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Lady Tiger Liz Gurley puts up a three in the first round of District 9-A Tournament action on the road in Moore County. (Click here to purchase photo.)

Fayetteville High School’s Lady Tigers wrapped up their regular season with a win at home over Gabriel Christian Academy Tuesday night.

On Friday, the ladies’ season came to an end on the road, falling to the district-leading Moore County Lady Raiders in the first round of District 9-A Tournament action.

The ladies showed a lot of improvement in their second year of varsity basketball. Seven players, made up of two freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors, competed well throughout the season, averaging better than 40 points per game.

Their Achilles heel was in their numbers. With injuries and foul trouble, the ladies were forced to compete late in the game with tired legs and, at times, with fewer than five players on the floor. They are to be commended for the way they kept battling.

“We had another great year,” Coach Kim Dye said of her ladies. “We’re making strides in the right direction. I had seven kids who worked through adversity against experienced teams, and we picked up some good wins – I’m proud of each one of them.

“They made great improvements since last year,” she added. “I’m looking forward to next season when we’ll compete even better with teams in our district.”

Fayetteville's Paeshence Thompson puts up a shot in action against the Lady Raiders.

Fayetteville's Paeshence Thompson puts up a shot in action against the Lady Raiders. (Click here to purchase photo.)

Moore County

With the seeding in the District 9-A tournament, the ladies got a tough draw, matching up with the number one seed, Moore County Lady Raiders. The Lady Tigers went down, 56-22.

FHS was down to the powerhouse, 27-6, at the break.

The Lady Raiders took the second half, 29-16, for the win.

Liz Gurley led for the Lady Tigers with 8; Paeshence Thompson, 7; Trevah Thompson, 5; and Jasmine Parks had 2.

The ladies were 6 of 16 from the line. Gurley had two from the arch.

Gabriel Christian

Tuesday night the ladies hosted Gabriel Christian Academy and took the win easily, 69-11.

It would be the third quarter before GCA scored a point. The Lady Tigers were up 46-0 at the break.

At the end of three, the ladies were on top, 65-5, and GCA won the final frame, 6-4.

Trevah Thompson led for the ladies with 22 points; Kerry Brown, 15; Paeshence Thompson, 10; Jasmine Parks, 9; Liz Gurley, 6; and Lexie Horton had 2.

FHS hit 29 shots from the paint and 2 from the arch coming from Brown and Baker. From the line, the ladies were 3 of 6.