Ladies game two of the semi-final round Thursday night at the Bryan County Tournament featured the Tushka Lady Tigers in a face off with the Calera Lady Bulldogs at SOSU. The Lady Tigers emerged as the winner to advance to the finals this Saturday against the Caddo Lady Bruins.
Heading up the score for the Lady Tigers was Jaylee Eaves with 28 points toward the win. Next up was Ryann Cochran and Grace Wall, each turning in 11 points followed up by Lauren Ford with 9 points.
Leading the scores for the Lady Bulldogs was Raylee Rogers with 14 points followed by Dally Hallbrooks with 10 and Maddie Partain with 9 points.
Eaves kicked things off for Tushka with the first bucket of the game followed up by a matching basket from Calera’s Partain to even it out. The Lady Tigers set out on an 11-2 run however that ramped up their lead for the game. After Hallbrooks put up another basket for the Lady Bulldogs, Tushka’s Eaves, Wall and Lauren Hauff set up a 6-2 run that spread the points further. Rogers put up a three point hit for the Lady Bulldogs to close the period but trailing the Lady Tigers by 12 with the score at 19-7 in favor of Tushka.
The Lady Tigers continued to maintain control to start the second period with an 8-0 run before Rogers grabbed a basket for Calera. Ford took another 2 for the Lady Tigers at the free throw line before Hauff sank a three pointer. Calera managed to close the gap a bit after consecutive visits to the free throw line netted them an additional 3 points and pair of matching three pointers from Partain and Faith Hodge brought the score to 18-32. After matching baskets on both sides next, the quarter came to a close with Tushka maintaining a firm lead at the half and the score at 36-21.
Calera struck first to open the third period with a basket from Partain before the Lady Tigers picked up the next run of 6-2. Rogers came back with a three point slam for the Lady Bulldogs followed up with a three pointer by Eaves for the Lady Tigers. The ladies continued to battle it out for the remainder of the quarter with near matching runs before time ran out with Tushka ahead at 57-35.
The Lady Bulldogs continued the struggle in the final round and managed another 7 points but it was clear that this one was going to be a Tushka victory in the end with the Lady Tigers sealing the win at 67-42 and set to face off with the Caddo Lady Bruins on Saturday.
Maria Moore-Kass | Special to the Democrat.