By ZACH BIRDSONG
Basketball season officially came to a close for the Tullahoma Elementary League on Saturday, when the Robert E. Lee girls team and the Bel-Aire boys took home their respective championships at West Middle School.
After trailing 12-8 to Bel-Aire at halftime, the Robert E. Lee girls rallied and forced overtime, evening the score at 17. With just over two minutes left in the extra period, Claire Fogarty knocked down a basket for the Lady Lions and her team was able to hold on for the 19-17 victory in the season finale.
While Robert E. Lee notched the win, the Lady Bees controlled the pace of play in the first half, taking a 12-8 halftime advantage. Desi White led Bel-Aire putting up six points in the first half. Annisha Burks added four points, while Aubrey North added two points of her own.
Caroline Parker and Aniya Grizzard both put up three points, each making a basket and adding a free throw for Robert E. Lee in the first half. Madison Brown added two points of her own on a made field goal, as the Lady Lions trailed at the break.
Parker and McLayne Bobo got the scoring going for Robert E. Lee in the second half, each making a pair of baskets, each totaling four points in the period. Grizzard added a free throw for the Lady Lions.
White led Bel-Aire with three points in the second period and Burks added a basket of her own as the teams were even at 17 after regulation.
Parker led Robert E. Lee in scoring on the night, putting up seven points. Bobo and Grizzard each added four points for the Lady Lions, while Brown scored two points and Fogarty added her game-winning basket.
White put up nine points for Bel-Aire after leading both teams in scoring. Burks added six points and North rounded out the scoring for the Lady Bees with two points.
On the boys side, Bel-Aire had already assured itself a championship even before stepping on the court on Saturday, after going undefeated the rest of the season. The Bees couldn’t quite cap off the undefeated season as Robert E. Lee notched the 34-32 win in the season finale on Saturday.
The Lions carried a 17-13 lead into halftime, but had to survive a comeback attempt as the Bees wouldn’t go away, evening the score twice. Late baskets down the stretch allowed Robert E. Lee to go ahead and garner the victory.
Keegan Taylor led the Lions with eight points in the first half, helping put his team in front at the break. T.J. Green also added five points, including burying a 3-pointer. Logan Prosser and Mason Bratcher each totaled two points in the first half for Robert E. Lee.
DeAndre Jenkins led Bel-Aire with four points in the first half, while Xavier Farrell added three points. Jakoby Hill, Chance Anderton and Kirk Tipps each scored two points for the Bees.
Farrell put up double figures for Bel-Aire in the second half, scoring 10 points. Jenkins added seven points of his own in the period for the Bees while Anderton knocked down a pair of free throws.
However, Taylor stayed hot for the Lions, putting up nine points in the second half, making three 3-pointers in the period. Prosser added six points of his own for Robert E. Lee in the second half, while Daniel Eldridge scored two points.
Taylor led both teams in scoring, putting up 17 points for the Lions. Prosser totaled eight points on the day, while Green finished with five points and Eldridge and Bratcher each had two points.
Farrell and Jenkins each finished with double figures for Bel-Aire as Farrell scored 13 points and Jenkins put up 11 points. Anderton totaled four points while Hill and Tipps each scored two points for the Bees.