By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
GLEN – Tishomingo County turned to the post in the first half of their game against Franklin County in the Alcorn Central Holiday Hoops Tournament to score 19 of their 30 points before halftime.
Franklin County entered the locker room down eight points, but made the adjustments needed to shut down the Lady Braves’ inside game in the third quarter to allow them to catch up.
“I told them at halftime these are good post players,” Lady Bulldogs coach Charles Moore said referring to Tishomingo County tandem of Anna Claire Griffin, Emilee Henderson, and Deidra McCoy. “You’ve got to actually play the way you’ve been taught, and we got better at it.”
After cutting down on the Lady Braves post play and playing catch up through the second half, Kierra Collins’s floater with three seconds remaining finished Franklin County’s 59-58 come-from-behind victory.
Griffin reached double figures in scoring in the first quarter, scoring on lob passes into the post, and had 15 points at halftime.
After leading her team to a 28-20 halftime lead, Griffin scored only two points in the third quarter after spending time on the bench with foul trouble and in part to the Lady Bulldogs’ adjustments.
Franklin County cut the lead as close as one point on a Collins, who finished with 20 points, basket.
But McCoy led the Lady Braves on a 7-0 run to help Tishomingo County lead 41-35 after three.
Turnovers continued to haunt the Lady Braves and allow Franklin County (10-3) to edge closer. For the game, Tishomingo County (11-4) recorded 38 turnovers.
“They hurt us, but we still came back from those turnovers and did some good things,” Tishomingo County coach Lauren Ford Whitson said. “It was just a last second shot…a good shot.”
The Lady Braves led as late as 20 seconds to play on a Griffin (25 points) layup before Collins hit her game-winner.
Also on Wednesday
(G) Tupelo 63, Corinth 44: Tupelo returned to action after Christmas with an easy victory over the Lady Warriors.
After ending the first quarter tied at 13-13, the Lady Wave (10-4) knocked off some rust in the second quarter and held a 34-23 halftime lead.
Antoinette Riddle scored 16 and Faith Cook added 15 points for Tupelo, who plays Hickory Flat today in the Renasant Bank Classic at New Albany. Aspen Stricklen led Corinth with 14.
(B) Alcorn Central 59, Cordova, Tenn. 51: Overcoming a death in the family, Trae Bain dropped in 27 points to lead the Golden Bears (7-7) to a victory.