By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
BOONEVILLE – The Thrasher Lady Rebels, who enjoying their first winning season in eight years, topped that by doing something they hadn’t done in 12 seasons – hoist a division tournament title trophy.
Friday night, in the girls’ Division 1-1A final, the Lady Rebels used a stingy defense and 16 points from sophomore Xenia Sorrell to upset the No. 1 seeded Falkner Lady Eagles 46-33.
“This is great for my one senior and for my juniors who have never experienced winning before,” said second-year Thrasher coach Chris Parman.
Falkner led by four points after one quarter, but a 15-7 second quarter gave Thrasher a 22-18 lead at the break, a lead they would never relinquish.
Thrasher, which split a pair of regular season games with Falkner, limited Lady Eagles leading scorer Breanna Williams to seven points. Ambreka Peterson led Falkner with 16.
“Defensively we played a lot better against them than we had in the past,” added Parman. “We ran a zone to try and slow them down and they missed some shots.”
(B) Biggersville 76, Blue Mountain 57: The Lions, who trailed by double digits at halftime, outscored the Cougars 51-21 in the second half to claim their third straight Division 1-1A title.
“I told them to just keep plugging, just keep playing hard,” said Lions coach Cliff Little of his halftime speech. “I told them to get up and down the floor as many times as they could in the second half and that’s what they did.”
Biggersville senior Dextor Stafford, who was scoreless in the first half, led a 30-13 third quarter with 11 points. His layup at the 2:08 mark gave the Lions their first lead of the game. Stafford finished with 19 points.
Michael Culver led Blue Mountain (19-10) with 24 points.
(G) PINE GROVE 47, BLUE MOUNTAIN 38: The Pine Grove Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Cougars for the third time this season. Billie Jo Wilbanks and Bryana Davis each scored 12 points to lead Pine Grove (18-13). Dannette Williams led Blue Mountain (7-20) with 17 points.
(B) WHEELER 66, PINE GROVE 62: Wheeler’s Tyler Miller drained a 3-pointer with 10.8 seconds to play in regulation to send the game to overtime tied at 51.
Ryan Woods scored seven of his team-high 22 points for Wheeler (13-15) to seal the win.
Andrew Hopper led Pine Grove (13-18) with 25 points.