The Spring Hill Lady Bears reclaimed more trophy hardware over the weekend to successfully win the 7-2A Southeast District Tournament title hosted in Bearden.
The Spring Hill Lady Bears reclaimed more trophy hardware over the weekend to successfully win the 7-2A Southeast District Tournament title hosted in Bearden. The Lady Bears topped on of the top Class 2A girls teams ranked in state Camden Harmony Grove 51-43 in overtime in the championship game.
The Lady Bears held the early first half advantage with a 24-17 halftime lead over Camden HG. In the second half, the Lady Bears sparked for 19 points scored, but Camden HG totaled for 26 points combined in the third and fourth quarters which resulted a 43-43 knot at the end of regulation. In overtime, the Lady Bears stepped it up offensively and defensively to hold Camden HG scoreless in OT with Spring Hill posting eight key points scored to soar for the eight point victory and earn a No. 1 seed in the 2A South Regional tournament.
For the game, the Lady Bears big three of Christy Randle led scoring with 15 points, Katie Rivera followed with 13 points and Graycee Barham finished with 12 points for the trio of double-figures. For Camden HG, Sidney Pigott led all scorers with a impressive 25 points and Genus Smith contributed nine points for the ranked Lady Hornets.
The Lady Bears now turn their attention to qualifying for the Class 2A state tournament next week in Quitman. The Lady Bears must win their opening game tonight in the 2A South Regional tournament against their Class 2A rivals' Magnet Cove Lady Panthers in order to be state tourney bound.
This season, Magnet Cove and the Lady Bears both have earned wins against each other and have met in epic battles throughout their match-ups for many seasons. Unfortunately, only one team will make it to the state tournament this season as the first round presents do or die time. The Lady Bears will have a challenging quest to defeat the host 2A South regional host team on their own floor and territory, but bring much needed momentum to the hardwood after winning their previous battles in district tourney competition. Tonight's tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Magnet Cove. The Class 2A South Regional tournament is scheduled Feb. 22-25 in Magnet Cove.
Thus far, the Lady Bears improve to 17-10 overall, marking their second district tournament title with one runner-up under three year head coach Roy Whatley.