It’s rare that there is an upset in middle school basketball, but on Monday night, the East girls’ basketball team did exactly that, beating West 42-20 at Tullahoma High School.
For the better part of this decade, West has dominated the crosstown battle, winning big over the Lady Panthers in those matchups. On Monday, East got a little revenge, and it did it from the very start, carrying a 13-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Katelyn Daniels and McLayne Bobo each scored four points for the Lady Panthers in the opening quarter. Daniels hit a basket and then added a pair of free throws, while Bobo hit four free throws.
Nyjah Gibbs added three points of her own for East, hitting a basket and then adding a free throw. Audrey Todaro rounded out the scoring in the period for the Lady Panthers, knocking down a pair of free throws.
West had just one field goal in the first quarter, which came off of a 3-pointer by Lacee Barbeau.
The Lady Bobcats netted seven points in the second period, but trailed 17-10 at halftime. Allysa Goon put up four points, knocking down a pair of baskets, while Barbeau added another 3.
East was held to just four points in the second period. Daniels and Todaro each scored two points for East in the second quarter, as the Lady Panthers led at the break.
In the third quarter, East outscored West 13-6, taking full control of the contest, and taking a 30-16 advantage into the final period of play.
Gibbs led the Lady Panthers with five points in the quarter, while Daniels added four points of her own. Todaro added two points, while Anya Grizzard and Bobo each hit a free throw.
Barbeau hit a 3-pointer for West in the third quarter. Alaisha Bowen added two points and Isabella Lidstrom hit a free throw.
The Lady Bobcats were held to just four points in the final six minutes of play. Aubrey North hit the lone field goal for West, while Bowen and Anne Duncan each made a free throw.
East took advantage and netted 12 points in the final period of play. Gibbs scored five points in the fourth quarter for the Lady Panthers. Daniels added four points, while Bobo scored three points.
Daniels led both teams in scoring on the night, as she put up 14 points for East. Gibbs also added double figures, scoring 13 points. Bobo finished with eight points, while Todaro scored six points and Grizzard added a free throw.
Barbeau led West with nine points, all coming off of 3-pointers. Goon added four points, while Bowen scored three points and North scored two points, while Lidstrom and Duncan each added a free throw.
Both East and West were coming off of loses prior to taking on each other on Monday. East lost to Harris 31-19 at home on Nov. 21, while West lost to White County 54-20 at home the same day.
Gibbs and Daniels each scored six points for the Lady Panthers in that matchup. Todaro scored three points, while Grizzard and Destiny Robinson each put up two points.
Lidstrom led West in scoring as she scored 14 points in the loss to White County. Bowen added four points, while Barbeau scored two points.
West will next travel to Harris on Monday, before hosting South on Thursday. East will next host Coffee County on Thursday. Tipoff for all three of those games is scheduled for 6 p.m.