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The Lady Falcons at Lincoln County High School earned home court advantage in the first round of tournament action Friday night, defeating Columbia, 65-51.
On Tuesday, the ladies won over Tullahoma, 53-42.
Thursday of this week the ladies host Columbia, opening the tournament with tip-off at 7 p.m. After the first round, all other games will be played in Lawrence County.
To wrap up the District 8-AAA regular season standings, Lawrence County finished at 10-0; Franklin County, 8-2; Shelbyville, 5-5; Lincoln County, 4-6; Columbia, 2-9; and Tullahoma, 1-9.
In action with Columbia, the Lady Falcons won the game at the line, hitting 23 of 27 attempts and picking up 19 points off turnovers while giving up two.
The Lady Lions took their first lead of the game with 1:12 remaining in the first period, up 16-15.
At the 3:07 mark in the second, Elizabeth Faulkner hit a basket, putting the ladies up, 27-26. The Lady Falcons would not trail again. Seven of the ladies added points to the board, winning the period, 20-11. At the break, LCHS was up, 35-27.
With 2:59 in the third, Hannah Barnes put the ladies up by 10 points, 44-34, but the Lady Lions won the final minutes, 7-3. Lincoln County had the lead, 47-41, at the end of three.
At the 3:41 mark in the fourth, Columbia cut the Lady Falcons’ lead to five with a 3-pointer, 51-43 but that was as close as it would get. LCHS won the period, 18-10, going 10 of 11 from the line. As time expired, the ladies had the win, 65-51.
Mykyla Ashby led for the ladies with 14 points. Hannah Barnes finished with 13 and had eight rebounds. Taylor Gray scored 11; Cortney Storey, 9 points and eight rebounds; Khaila King, 8; Neshyla Buchanan, 7; and Elizabeth Faulkner scored 3.
The ladies were 18 of 37 from the paint and 2 of 15 from the arch.
Three-pointers came from Gray and Storey.
Lincoln County won the boards, 37-32.
Against the Tullahoma Lady Wildcats the ladies finished on top, 53-42.
At the end of one, LCHS was up, 14-8.
The ladies won the second, 11-10, up 25-17 at the intermission.
With 3:57 in the third, Hannah Barnes scored, putting the ladies up 40-22 – the Lady Falcons’ biggest lead of the game. LCHS won the fourth, 19-10, and was up, 44-28, going into the fourth.
With 2:47 remaining in the game, the Lady Wildcats hit a 3-pointer, cutting the ladies’ lead to 10 points, 48-38. With 1:55, the Lady ‘Cats hit a three, and it was a 50-42 ball game. At the 1:44 mark, Khaila King scored a basket with a foul and dropped the shot from the line for a 3-point play, putting the ladies up, 53-42.
The Lady Falcons controlled the ball the final 1:14 of the game without pressure from the Lady Wildcats to finish with the win.
Hannah Barnes led for the ladies with 18 points. Khaila King followed with 12; Taylor Gray, 10; Cortney Storey, 6; Mykyla Ashby, 5; and McKinley Slayton scored 2.
LCHS was 16 of 29 from the paint and 3 of 19 from the arch. From the line, the ladies were 12-14.
Barnes had two from the arch, and Gray had one.
The Lady Falcons dominated the boards, 38-21.