BY EASTON LEONARD –
The Acorn Lady Tigers Basketball Team punched their ticket to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament after sweeping their opponents in the 1A Region 4 Tournament last week.
On Wednesday night, February 22, the Lady Tigers played their first round in the 1A Region 4 Basketball Tournament at County Line High School, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Lady Saints of St. Paul.
Acorn forced the Lady Saints to call a few timeouts early in the game, starting off on a 9-2 run. Following the timeouts, the Lady Tigers went on to take a 20 point, 26-6, lead into the second quarter of play. The Lady Saints were able to score 13 points against Acorn in the second quarter, but allowed the Lady Tigers to score 18, to make the score 44-19 at halftime.
Number thirty, Mariah Shipley, and number thirty-two, Harp, led the lady Saints with 6 points a piece at halftime, while Faith Hill led Acorn with 11 points.
The Lady Tiger’s defense let up a little in the third quarter, as St. Paul outscored Acorn 18-16, to make the score 60-37 going into the final quarter of play. Sophie Jackson and Lexi Powell led the Lady Tigers with six points a piece in the fourth quarter, as Acorn scored 20 points to the Lady Saints 15 points, giving Acorn a 28 point, 80-52, victory over the Lady Saints.
Mariah Shipley led the St. Paul Lady Saints with 19 points, as number five, Phillips, added on 11, Harp – 10, Richie – 5.
Faith Hill led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 18 points on the night, while Sophie Jackson scored 11 of her own, Tori Barrett and Morgan Fagan 8, Makayla Anderson – 7, Brooke Bates and Lexi Powell – 6, Brittany Wilhite, Braxlie Strother, and Sydney Crawford – 4, and McKenzie Goss and Harley Dearing – 2.
Following Wednesday’s win, they next took on the Kirby Lady Trojans on Saturday night, February 25th, in the 1A Region 4 Championship game, also held at County Line High School.
Both teams started the game off slow on the offensive side of the ball, but Kirby was able to control a two point, 12-10, lead after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, Acorn and the Lady Trojans continued a back-and-forth paced game. However, the Lady Tigers were able to outscore Kirby 15-10, to control a five point lead at halftime.
Number twenty-two, Smith, led the Lady Trojans with 12 points at the half, while Morgan Fagan led Acorn with 7 points.
Acorn came out of the locker room at halftime on a 19-9 run, forcing the Lady Trojans to call a timeout with 2:37 left in the third. Following the timeout, Kirby finished the quarter on a 7-3 run, to cut the Lady Tigers lead to nine going into the fourth quarter with the score 47-38. The Lady Trojans reached within two points in the fourth quarter, but Acorn never gave in. Brooke Bates and Faith Hill finished the game off with a couple free throws, to give Acorn a six point, 63-57, victory over the Kirby Lady Trojans.
Faith Hill led the Acorn Lady Tigers with 19 points on the night, as Tori Barrett scored 15 points of her own, Sophie Jackson – 13, and Morgan Fagan and Brooke Bates – 8.
Congratulations to Coach Jackson and the Lady Tigers on winning the 1A Region 4 Basketball Tournament.
The Acorn Lady Tigers will play Wednesday, March1, 2017 in the 1A High School Basketball State Tournament at 7:00pm at Mt. Ida High School.