Taking a narrow 8-5 advantage into the second period, the West girls’ basketball team started to open up its lead, taking a 20-12 lead into halftime, on its way to a 42-28 win at Tullahoma High School Thursday.
With its lead built, the Lady Bobcats put up 15 points in the third quarter and played stifling defense, limiting East to just five points in the period. West forced the Lady Panthers into six turnovers in the period.
Isabella Lidstrom led the Lady Bobcats, scoring six points in the third quarter. Lily Melton added four points in the period, while Lacee Barbeau put up three points and Anne Duncan hit a pair of free throws.
With a pretty large lead built up, West netted just seven points in the final quarter, including scoring five of the first seven points of the period. Lidstrom hit a basket and then added a free throw, while Melton knocked down a shot of her own.
East closed out the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run, as Katelyn Daniels and Nyjah Gibbs each hit a basket for the Lady Panthers. As the buzzer sounded, Emeri Saunders knocked down a 3-pointer for East, making the final 42-28.
In the first quarter, East kept things close and never trailed by more than three points. However, West opened the game up midway through the second period.
With an 11-9 lead built, the Lady Bobcats closed out the final three minutes of the first half on a 9-3 run. Barbeau hit a pair of 3-pointers for West, while Melton added one of her own, giving the Lady Bobcats a 20-12 advantage heading into halftime.
Melton led West in scoring on the night, putting up 16 points. Bearbeau also finished with double figures, adding 10 points. Lidstrom scored nine points, while Duncan and Aubrey North each scored two points.
Gibbs led East in scoring as she totaled 11 points. Daniels added nine points, while Saunders scored four points. McLayne Bobo put up two points and Aniya Grizzard and Jaidyn Johnson each hit a free throw.
On Monday, both the East and West girls’ teams struggled on the offensive end in losses.
The Lady Bobcats were shut out in the first quarter, and were held to just 20 points in a 46-20 loss at Warren County. After trailing 21-7 at halftime, the Lady Panthers were held to just one point in the final two quarters, losing 36-8 at North.
Even before the second half hit, East had struggled to find points, scoring just two points in the first quarter, before adding five points in the second period. The Lady Panthers scored just one more point, coming off of a free throw by Gibbs in the fourth quarter.
Grizzard led East in scoring, putting up three points. Audrey Todaro and Daniels each scored two points, while Gibbs hit a free throw.
After not scoring a basket in the opening quarter, West put up 10 points in the second quarter at Warren County on Monday. However, the Lady Bobcats were held to just 10 points the remainder of the game, putting up four points in the third quarter, before adding six more in the final period.
Melton led West in scoring, netting eight points. Duncan added six points, while Lidstrom and Aahna Carter each scored two points.
The West girls’ basketball team was scheduled to head to Meridianville on Saturday. As of press time the result of that contest was unavailable.
The Lady Bobcats (2-1) will then travel to Franklin County High School on Monday to face North. West will then hold its home opener against Harris on Thursday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The East girls’ basketball team (0-3) is scheduled to host White County in its home opener Monday. The Panthers will then travel to South on Thursday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 6 p.m.