Lady Lions put it all together

BasketballBy Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – All you need is a shot. That’s what Biggersville’s girls have after Monday’s 71-46 win against Thrasher in the opening round of the Division 1-1A Tournament, a win that qualifies the Lady Lions for next week’s MHSAA Class 1A tournament.

Biggersville (10-12) used a pair of first half runs to pull away early and got 24 points from Jada Tubbs. Savannah Davis scored 15.

“We go on spurts. We play well defensively and it turns over into offense,” Biggersville coach Chris Parman said. “I thought we did that really well tonight, probably better than we have all year.”

Thrasher, where Parman led the Lady Rebels to a division title in one of his two seasons there, played without star guard Xenia Sorrell. Averaging 30 points per game, she tore a second ACL in two seasons.

Thrasher got a team-high 12 from Miranda Mooney and 10 from Andrea Mathis, but ends the season with 3-25 mark.

“They go on streaks and we can’t make up,” Thrasher coach Jason Allen said. “We’re short-handed with our guards, so once they make those runs, we’re pretty much at their mercy.”

Biggersville will play the Tremont-Jumpertown winner in Thursday’s semis.

Biggersville scored the game’s first 10 points and led 14-2 on a pair of Tubbs’ free throws. Thrasher got within 18-11 with Mathis’ opening bucket of the second quarter.

It was all Biggersville after that, the lead back to double figures after a steal by Audrey Crump and make from Tubbs.

Biggersville has its shot, as the underdog.

“I love it. It’s always better to go in the underdog where nobody thinks about you,” Parman said. “We had a key injury at the beginning of the year and three or four had to step up into a scoring and ball-handling role. It’s taken us almost all season, but now they’re starting to realize what their role is.”

(B) Falkner 75, Thrasher 58: Falkner started hot and got 29 points from Richard Green and 16 from Treyvon Jones.

The Eagles (17-7) play Monday night’s Wheeler-Jumpertown winner.

Thrasher was led by John Young’s 28 points. Blake Burress added 22.

brandon.speck@journalinc.com