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The Acorn Lady Tigers thumped the 2A Lady Lions of Mt. Ida on Senior Night, 77-44. Senior Jessica Looney guided the Lady Tigers to victory and led all-scorers on the night with an impressive 33 point performance.
Mt. Ida grabbed the lead twice in the first two minutes of the game, but the Lady Tigers were determined to send the seniors home with a win in their last home game. Looney matched the Mt. Ida scoring for the first quarter, as she tossed in five buckets and a pair of free throws as Acorn led 25-12 at the end of the opening quarter. Junior Ashlee Long kissed one in off the backboard and added a pair from the line, senior Adrianna Howard drained a three-pointer, while seniors Misty Oglesby and Tara Warrington and sophomore Morgan Fagan each added buckets.
Acorn outscored Mt. Ida in the second quarter, 30-16 to enjoy a 55-28 lead at halftime. Looney scored in double digits for the second straight quarter, tacking on 15 points to lead the Lady Tigers in the second. Looney had six buckets and also tossed one in from beyond the arc. Oglesby added a three-ball of her own and also hit a pair of 14-foot baseline jumpers. Junior Teagan Vann had a pair of lay-ups, while Long and Howard each added buckets to close out the first-half scoring.
Senior Lady Tiger cheerleader Jordan Pennington performed a solo at halftime for the home crowd on Senior Night.
The Lady Tigers held the Lady Lions to just five points in the third quarter, while putting 16 points on the board. Once again, Looney led Acorn with six points, all coming via the lay-up. Sophomore Ashton Shores laid in a pair of lay-ups as the Lady Tigers continued to dominate the inside game all night long. Oglesby, Long and junior Taylor Deramus each added two points in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers increased their lead to 71-33 at the conclusion of the quarter.
Lady Tigers head coach Mike Jackson started playing subs two minutes into the third quarter and continued to let them close out the win on Senior Night. Mt. Ida did outscore Acorn in the final quarter 11-6, but the Lady Tigers prevailed victorious with an impressive 77-44 win. Sophomores Brooke Bates and Harly Dearing each had buckets in the final quarter, while Fagan and sophomore Marissa Pate each connected on one-of-two from the charity stripe to round out the Lady Tigers scoring. Junior Shayla Vaught drilled a trey at the buzzer, but it was waved off, as she didn’t get it off before the game clock expired.
Jessica Looney led all-scorers with 33 points, Misty Oglesby scored 11 points, Ashlee Long finished with eight points, Adrianna Howard finished with five points, while Teagan Vann and Ashton Shores each added four points. Morgan Fagan scored three points, while Tara Warrington, Brooke Bates, Taylor Deramus, and Harly Dearing each added two points. Marissa Pate rounded out the Lady Tigers scoring, hitting one-of-two from the line. Acorn shot 67% from the free throw line (6-of-9), while Mt. Ida shot 60%, hitting 6-of-10.
Check out the February 18th issue of The Polk County Pulse for a full pictorial of the senior night ceremonies.