For a hard fought championship bout on the hardwood, the Spring Hill Jr. Lady Bears finished the 2016-17 basketball season as the 7-2A Southeast District Tournament runner-ups.

For a hard fought championship bout on the hardwood, the Spring Hill Jr. Lady Bears finished the 2016-17 basketball season as the 7-2A Southeast District Tournament runner-ups. The Jr. Bears fell to Bearden 33-28 in the jr. high girls district tourney finals on Tuesday night hosted at Spring Hill Gymnasium. The Jr. Lady Bears defeated Rison in the first round, then topped Parkers Chapel in the semifinals to advance to the finals under second year head coach Chaley Porter. This season the Jr. Lady Bears excelled with key victories and improved from last season's district tourney run falling in the semifinals.

 

JR. LADY BEARS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT RUN

First Round

Spring Hill Jr. Lady Bears found their spark back in hoops action over the weekend to display an impressive first round win against Rison 36-9 in the 7- 2A Southeast Jr. High Girls District Tournament hosted at Spring Hill Gymnasium.The Jr. Girls finished opening period action with a 12-2 advantage over Rison. In the second, the Jr. Girls added three points despite being out-scored by Rison with five points scored in the quarter. At halftime, the Jr. Lady Bears led Rison 15-7.In the second half, the Jr. Lady Bears took control and maintained a 24-9 lead over Rison to finish third quarter play. In the fourth, the Jr. Lady Bears dropped 12 points through the basket and defensively held the Jr. Lady Wildcats scoreless in the final period with Spring Hill rolling to a dominant 27 point victory to advance to the semifinals in district tournament competition. For the game, Jr. Lady Bears' Brooklyn Reed led scoring with 11 points for double-figures, Sarah Triplett and Kaylee Brooks each scored four points apiece, Kayelen Marlar and Aubrie Ford each had three points apiece. Keely Plyler, Darcie Chambless, Jade Neal, Jessie Vickers and Lexie Chambless each contributed two points apiece and Jada Quillin finished with one points from the charity stripe.

Semifinals

The Jr. Lady Bears brought their best effort of fight to the hardwood in semifinals action against PC Jr. Lady Trojans. The Jr. Lady Bears trailed by one point at halftime 9-8 to Parkers Chapel. In the second half, Spring Hill regained some momentum and took the lead to end third period action 18-16 with a highly intense fourth quarter awaiting both teams a competitive coast to coast ending to see which squad would finish on top. The Jr. Lady Bears stepped up big defensively and offensively led by a huge blocked shot from Jada Quillin with Spring Hill leading 27-25 that didn't allow PC to tie the game under a minute to play. Then Quillin took a charge that saved another game tying basket on PC with 2.5 seconds remaining in the game with Spring Hill soaring to the two point win. Lexie Chambless stepped up at the free-throw line and hitting 3 of 4 shots in crucial times in the fourth to put her Jr. Lady Bears ahead for both lead changes. In all, it was big team effort to pull off their impressive win and advance to the ultimate game of their season. Aubrie Ford and Sarah Tripplett (swishing a 3-pointer 2:05 mark putting S.H. ahead 25-24) and Kaylee Brooks scored huge baskets for major contributions offensively in the fourth and throughout the game for Spring Hill. For the game, Jr. Lady Bears' Triplett and Brooks led scoring with six points apiece, Ford had five points, Brooklyn Reed and Lexie Chambless each added four points apiece and Jade Neal finished with three points.

 

Championship Game

The Jr. Lady Bears went through another competitive battle in the championship game against Bearden. The Jr. Lady Bears trailed at halftime 18-15, but rallied back in the second half and took their first lead of the game at the 2:17 mark 26-25 with Reed splitting a pair for free-throws. From this point, Quillin split at the foul line to give Spring Hill a two point lead 27-25 with 2:08 remaining to play. Bearden found a spark down to the final seconds of the game to out-score Spring Hill 8-2 and took a 33-27 lead. With only 2.4 seconds remaining, Ford went to the foul line and split her free-throw attempts for the final point scored of the game and the visiting Jr. Lady Bears (Bearden) celebrated to capture the title for the five point win as the 2016-17 Jr. Girls 7-2A Southeast District Tourney champs and Spring Hill earning runner-ups. For the game, Jr. Lady Bears' Reed led scoring with 12 points for double-figures, Quillin followed with scored eight points, Lexie Chambless and Kayelen Marlar each contributed two points apiece and Ford added one point for the girls Jr. high district tourney runner-ups.