The Lady Tigers responded to falling behind by closing the contest on a 14-0 run, claiming a 54-42 victory over the Lady Lions in North Division play Thursday.
“When adversity struck, our kids responded,” Northeast coach Brian Alexander said. “I think when we adjusted our defense with about six minutes left was a key point in the game.”
Northeast (6-6, 2-1) controled the scoreboard most of the contest, leading 25-17 at the half. The Lady Lions (2-11, 0-2) made a play for the lead in the second half on the strength of a 9-0 run, capped by a Savannah Kimmons basket, for a 37-36 lead.
With 5:07 remaining, East still clung to a 42-40 margin, but that was when the Lady Tigers grabbed control.
Tupelo’s Antionette Riddle begin the 14-0 spurt with two free throws, part of seven the freshman made to close the game. LaTonya Gadison added two field goals in the run to help Northeast close out the contest.
Gadison paced the Northeast offense with 17 points, with Riddle chipping in 12. Charmane Tims led East with 10.
(M) East 76, Northeast 62: The Northeast men (6-6, 1-2) held a 53-48 lead following a Tyler Brunson rebound and basket. But that was the last good news for the Tigers.
The Lions (9-4, 2-0) went on a 10-0 over a two minute span to take a 58-53 lead, which they never relinquished.
Acie Vance from Ripley led the Tigers offense with 21, while Jarekious Bradley bagged 24 for the Lions.