BY EASTON LEONARD –
On Senior Night, Tuesday February 7th, the Acorn Lady Tigers took on the Lady Lions of Mt. Ida at Acorn High School.
Both Acorn and Mt. Ida shot the ball well in the first quarter, but the Lady Lions took a 14-17 lead into the second. The Lady Tigers took over the lead of the game with 3:17 left in the half, with the score 27-26. After taking the lead, Acorn finished the second quarter on an 11-6 run to take a six point, 38-32, lead into halftime.
Smith led the Lady Lions at halftime with 15 points, while Faith Hill led Acorn with 14 points.
Acorn started to extend their lead in the third quarter, forcing the Lady Lions to call a timeout with 2:24 left in the quarter, and the score 54-45. Following Mt. Ida’s timeout, both teams scored bucket after bucket before Acorn took a 61-53 lead into the final quarter of play. Mt. Ida started the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run, bringing the Lady Tigers’ lead down to three with 5:25 left in the game. With 1:15 left in the game, the Lady Lions tied the game at 71 points. Acorn called a timeout with 17.0 seconds left in the game, having possession of the ball, and the game still tied 71-71. The Lady Tigers passed the ball in and ran the clock down to just a few seconds before passing the ball to Faith Hill on the left side of the basket. She shot a jumper that bounced around the rim and went in, to win the game for Acorn as the buzzer rang.
Number ten, Smith, led Mt. Ida with 30 points, as Wingfield scored 19 of her own, Whisenhunt 14, Fiovello 5 and Bates 3.
Faith Hill led the Lady Tigers with 26 points, while Morgan Fagan added on 17, Brittany Wilhite and Makayla Anderson 8, Brooke Bates 7, Tori Barrett 5, and Braxlie Strother 2.