Tigers split close games at Crothersville tourney



After coming from behind to make the championship game of the Crothersville Tournament, the Tigers didn’t have another comeback in them in the title game against Morristown.

Though they showed a lot of fight, the Tigers were outscored 17-11 in the second half and fell to the Yellowjackets 40-36 in the first place game. 

Crothersville had no double-digit scorers in the second game, but were led by Zoe Spangler, who came off the bench to score eight points.

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Grace Wilson was the top starter for Crothersville, scoring seven points while Makinzee Isley and Addy Cole each netted six. Makayla Helt chipped in four, all coming from the free-throw line, while Rebekah Cook and Kennadi Lakins tallied three and two points, respectively. 

Cole and Spangler also tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven.

The Tigers reached the finals by rallying to defeat Indianapolis Scecina 49-40 Saturday morning.

Hensley credited the defense for the win as the Tigers limited the Crusaders to 1-for-9 shooting and forced six turnovers in the fourth period.

“Our defense stepped up when we needed it to,” he said. “We need that from the get go and not get down and have to climb that hill. It was getting the girls to understand their roles.”

Cole scored three baskets, Helt had eight points and Tiessa Stevens had two baskets and three rebounds in the fourth period when the Tiger outscored Scecina 21-6.

Scecina jumped on top 16-4 after six minutes of play and led 16-9 after the first period, 25-19 lead at the half and 34-28 lead going into the fourth period.

The Crusaders were leading 38-33 when the Tigers went on a 7-0 run and took their first lead of the game on a layup by Cole with 4:28 remaining. Wilson added a basket 28 seconds later for a 43-40 lead.

Helt scored five free throws in the final 43 seconds to increase Crothersville’s lead.

“Monika Nance had a really good game  for them. I kept screaming at the girls, ‘don’t leave her,’" Hensley said. "Just stay on her because every time we left her she scored or she got fouled and hit free throws.”

Cole topped the Tigers with 16 points and had seven rebounds. Helt added 13 points, Tiessa Stevens scored six, Wilson and Cook scored three each, and Isley, Lakins, Lewis and Spangler scored two each.

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