Last test before playoffs

County teams gathered for the final weekend of the regular season, participating in the 13th annual Robertson’s Sportswear/Renasant Bank Cancer Relay For Life Lady Challenge at Ingomar last Saturday. Using the games as preparation for division tournaments this week, East Union, West Union and Ingomar all competed against some of the best in the area for this year’s tournament.

The Lady Urchins opened the day with an almost comeback over the Lady Vikings from North Pontotoc. Down 21-2 after the first quarter, East Union stepped up defensively, holding North to only seven second quarter points, and quieting Chelsea Mabry, who scored nine fist quarter points.

Carly Mahon made it a single point deficit in the third before Meggin Nelson’s three gave the Lady Vikings the 39-25 lead heading into the final frame.

Triples by Heather Dillard and Sunnie Knighton helped keep the Lady Urchins close, and a three by Amy McCullough brought the score within nine.  Andrea Lewis’ 10 points in the fourth put the game away for North Pontotoc, as the freshman finished with 16 points to lead North Pontotoc. Mabry finished with 10 points for the Lady Vikings, and McCullough led the Lady Urchins with nine.

A big second quarter by West Union propelled the Lady Eagles to their 66-47 win over Alcorn Central in the tournament’s second game.

Leading 11-8 after the first, Robyn Taylor and April Rollins each scored six points in the second quarter, as West Union went ahead 31-17 at the half.

Kaitlyn Foster brought the Lady Bears to within 11 in the third, but Alcorn Central was outscored 22-12, as the Lady Eagles picked up their 20th win.

Taylor and Claire Wilkerson each led West Union with 16 points, and Carley Wilkerson added 11 for the Lady Eagles.

The tournament’s final game featured the host team Lady Falcons against St. George. Ingomar led 9-8 after the first quarter before almost going scoreless in the second, only scoring one basket. Down 17-11 at the half, the Lady Gryphons again outscored Ingomar in the third, 9-5.

The play of junior Shelly Grisham led Ingomar to the win, as she scored 12 of Ingomar’s 16 fourth quarter points. Grisham tied the game with under 30 seconds remaining, and a foul on St. George’s Taylor Cowan placed Reid Little on the line for the game-winning free throw.

Kellie Kosar finished with 11 points for the Lady Gryphons, while Kayla Stevens scored 14 and Grisham added 10 points for Ingomar.