BY EASTON LEONARD –
This past week, the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers and Jr. Tigers both competed in the 1A-7 West Jr. Basketball District Tournament, hosted at Oden High School.
The Jr. Tigers won their first round game against the hosting Jr. Timberwolves from Oden, but fell short to Mineral Springs in the second round.
After a first round bye, the Jr. Lady Tigers defeated Mount Ida to advance to the district championship game against Dierks, who had tournament wins over Mineral Springs and Kirby. Earlier in the season, Acorn defeated the Jr. Lady Outlaws 50-9.
In a very low scoring first quarter, Acorn held the Lady Outlaws to only three points, while scoring fourteen of their own, to take an eleven point, 14-3, lead into the second. The Jr. Lady Tigers heated up a bit in the second, outscoring Dierks 17-15, to take a thirteen point, 31-18, lead into halftime.
Eckert and A. Strasner led Dierks with 8 points each at halftime, while Ashlynn Bissell led the Jr. Lady Tigers with 12 points.
The Jr. Lady Tigers extended their lead to twenty-five in third, outscoring Dierks 17-5, to take a 48-23 lead into the final quarter of play. In the fourth, Acorn didn’t let up, against outscoring the Jr. Lady Outlaws 12-6, to win the game by thirty-one, 60-29.
Allison Strasner led the Dierks Jr. Lady Outlaws with 12 points, as Macy Eckert added on 10 points, Emma Strasner 5 points, and Taylor Pounds 2 points.
Ashlynn Bissell led the Acorn Jr. Lady Tigers with 26 points on the night, while Halli Holland scored 9 points of her own, Corryn Holland and Butterfield 6 points each, Warren and Ellis 4 points each, Tedder and Hill 2 points each, and Strother 1 point.
Coach Jackson says, “This is an extremely hard working team. They never leave anything on the floor. They are a joy to coach, and have super good attitudes.” Jackson added that it was a very successful year with a record of 19-2.
Head Coach of the Jr. Tigers, Chris Ledbetter, says of his team, “I am very proud of the heart that we played with all year, and they never gave up. I’m proud of the way we competed and improved all throughout the season.” The Acorn junior boys finished their season with a record of 12-11, and will return three starters next season.
Congratulations to both the Jr. Lady Tigers and Jr. Tigers on successful seasons.