WATERTOWN — Warren County’s girls emerged from a foul-filled fray with a 57-51 win over host Watertown in the fourth annual Watertown Christmas Tournament on Thursday night.
The Class AAA Lady Pioneers led most of the night. But the Class A Tigerettes used a 14-6 third quarter to go in front 40-39 on Shelby Mofield’s second three-pointer of the night.
Watertown led by as much as three points during the fourth and was up by a pair when Saydie Winfree stuck in a putback of a missed second-shot free throw for a three-point play in reverse to put Warren County back in front 51-50 with 1:27 left.
From there, the Lady Pioneers put in all six of their free throws to improve to 12-6 for the season and advance to tonight’s 7 p.m. semifinal against DeKalb County, a 61-36 winner over Trousdale County earlier in the day.
Watertown slipped to 8-5 and will face District 8-A rival Trousdale in a 1 p.m. consolation bracket contest, a game which won’t have a bearing on the league standings.
Warren County scored the game’s first seven points before Bay Cole practically single-handedly brought Watertown back into the contest with 11 first-period points and all 13 of her tallies in the first half. Her three-point play off a fallaway with just over a minute left in the opening period put the Tigerettes in front for the first time at 13-12.
From there on, the teams battled back and forth with the exception of a 9-0 Warren run late in the first half to put the Lady Pioneers up 33-26.
A total of 58 free throws were attempted between the teams as 48 fouls were called. Three Tigerettes fouled out. Watertown hit just 10 of 22 foul shots while Warren County connected on 23 of 36.
Jessie Newby knocked down 9 of 14 from the line to lead the Lady Pioneers with 19 points while Brittney Meyers sank 6 of 7 on her way to 12.
Jasmine High’s 14 points paced the Tigerettes. Alicia Jennings notched nine points, Mya Huddleston seven, Mofield six and Dae Dae Nunley two.
Strong first half sends Devilettes to Lenoir City semifinals
LENOIR CITY — Lebanon’s girls enjoyed a strong first half Thursday in opening the Lenoir City Christmas Tournament with a 55-49 victory over McMinn Central.
The Devilettes led 11-6 following the first quarter and 33-21 at halftime as they improved to 4-6 and advanced to today’s 3 p.m. CST semifinal against Heritage, which beat Bledsoe County 69-50 earlier Thursday. The Lady Mountaineers, who whipped Wilson Central to win their own tournament last Saturday in Maryville, improved to 15-1.
Madison Sloan sank 6 of 7 free throws in leading Lebanon with 17 points while Morgan Bruce tossed in 10. Jordyne Denney dropped in eight points, Kristen Dedman six, Jameka Dowell five, Kelsey Yarbrough four [with a team-high seven rebounds], Bailey Sells three and Kendra Brown two.
Jacobi Lynn hit McMinn’s only two three-pointers as she led the Lady Chargers [7-6] with 18 points.