|Lake County grounded in final moments of OT |
|Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:27 pm |
|No. 1 Lake County was the first to go. |
The Lady Falcons — ranked at the top of this season’s final Associated Press Class A prep basketball poll — were eliminated in the opening game of the TSSAA State Basketball Championships on Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro.
LC fell by a 46-45 count in overtime to unranked North Greene.
With a 45-40 advantage and 2:23 remaining in overtime, LC appeared to be on its way to a semifinal berth.
However, NG closed the contest on a 6-0 run with the most important shot being a Mendy McNeese jumper with 15 seconds remaining that ultimately knocked the Lady Falcons out.
With the defeat, LC finishes the 2010-11 with a 32-4 worksheet. North Greene (29-8) advances to play Loretto (27-7) in the semifinals at 10 a.m. on Friday.
In other action on Wednesday at Murfreesboro involving West Tennessee entries, Liberty, which eliminated Obion Central in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals, routed Pigeon Forge 60-40 in the double-A quarterfinals.
Undefeated Scotts Hill (32-0) also moved on with its 49-25 whipping of Cosby in the Class A State Tournament.
N. Greene 46, Lake Co. 45
If the Lady Falcons would have made their free throws, they would still be in the hunt for the state championship.
All totaled, Lake County was 8-for-18 from the charity stripe on Wednesday.
Class A Miss Basketball finalist T.T. Flowers had 17 points and nine rebounds for LC during the season-ending defeat.
Flowers’ tally and board totals were behind that of teammate Carnation Hart (19 points and 11 rebounds).
Liberty 60, P. Forge 40
The Lady Crusaders (30-4) were on cruise control by halftime.
Liberty led 25-8 after one quarter and 36-13 at the intermission.
Memphis signee Ann Jones had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Keiona Kirby was the leading Lady Crusader in the point column with 18.
Seventh-ranked Liberty plays No. 6 Macon County (29-3) on Friday afternoon at 1 with a berth in the state title game on the line.
Scotts Hill 49, Cosby 25
The Lady Lions showed Cosby the door quickly on Wednesday.
Scotts Hill had a 21-10 advantage after one quarter. SH blanked the opposition by a 16-0 count in the second quarter.
Miranda Hayes and Michaela Thompson both totaled 14 tallies for SH, which played all 15 of the players on its bench.