|Devilettes ahead when it counts in semifinal win vs. Lake Road |
South Fulton’s girls led when it mattered.
Ridgemont’s Laprince Gauldin is surrounded by Hillcrest defenders during the Mustangs’ 54-29 victory Saturday evening.
The Red Devilettes trailed Lake Road after each of the first three quarters, before taking the lead in the last period of a 32-27 victory.
In the other girls’ semifinal at the Obion County School System jayvee tournament Saturday, Ridgemont downed Hillcrest 36-17.
On the boys’ side, South Fulton advanced to the finals after a 43-25 thumping of Lake Road, while Ridgemont spanked Hillcrest 54-29 to gain a berth in the title game.
During the Red Devilettes’ victory over the defending OCSS girls’ champion, the momentum shifted in an instant with 5:04 remaining in the final period.
With the Lady Generals up 23-22, SF’s Laken Haley stole the ball and headed down the court for what looked to be an open layup attempt, but instead she was the recipient of a foul — of the intentional nature — by LR defender Laura Beth Shelton.
Haley missed both of her free throws, but the Devilettes took the lead on the possession following the flagrant foul.
Forward Macy Maxwell banked in what turned out to be the bucket that put SF ahead for good.
With a 24-23 advantage in hand, the Devilettes bettered LR 8-4 for the remainder of the period to take the five-point triumph.
Tonight, SF takes on R’mont in the OCSS tourney finals at Obion County Central High School in what has turned out to be a doubleheader for both schools.
The Devilettes take on the Lady Mustangs at 6 p.m. for the girls’ title, while the boys’ finale is set to follow.
SF 32, Lake Road 27 (G)
The Lady Generals led 13-10 after one, 20-16 at halftime and 23-20 with three periods complete during Saturday’s loss.
On the way to the first quarter lead, LR put together a 7-0 run with Macy Wright completing an old-fashioned 3-point play and adding an additional bucket during the spurt.
For the night, Lake Road (7-8) was paced by Macy Wright and Whittney Dodd with 10 points each during the defeat.
South Fulton (14-2) was led by Haley with 12 points, nine of which came on free throws.
Ridgemont 36, Hillcrest 17 (G)
Ahead 24-17 with one quarter to go, the No. 2 seed R’mont blanked the Lady Cougars 12-0 in the fourth to earn the 19-point victory and berth to the finals.
Paige Hicks was responsible for six of her team’s dozen tallies in the final frame.
Hicks finished the outing with a game-high 19 markers with seven 2-point buckets, a 3 and a pair of free throws.
Taylor Baker pitched in six and Billie Preuett added five for the Lady Mustangs (10-6).
For Hillcrest (8-6), Baylie Boucher and Tory Reedy tied for the spot atop the scoring summary with five points each.
SF 43, Lake Road 25 (B)
It was a “tale” of two halves with South Fulton exposing the Generals as “fibbers” after intermission.
Lake Road led 14-12 at halftime behind a 12-5 bettering of the Redmen in second quarter.
In the third, SF reeled off a 13-0 run midway through the period to take command of the game once and for all.
Hunter Hutchins led the Red Devils’ offensive corps with 11 points.
Kyle Clouse also posted double digits for South Fulton (10-6) with 10 markers.
For the Generals (4-10), Parker McMinn ended a point shy of twin digits with nine.
Ridgemont 54, Hillcrest 29 (B)
The Cougars (3-12) enjoyed a brief 2-0 advantage after Cameron Green sank a pair of freebies early in the first.
However, the Mustangs trampled H’crest for much of the remainder of the quarter to lead 18-5 at the buzzer.
Laprince Gauldin offered an outstanding effort during the first quarter with all 10 of his points for Ridgemont (10-6).
Overall, Michael Hussey (13 points) finished atop the R’mont score book.
Hillcrest was powered by Green with 13 and Chandler Fussell with five.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.