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Tigerettes capture first title since 2012 in dominant fashion against Lady Owls

COUNTY ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL TOURNEY

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

Gordonsville 43, Smith Co. Middle 11  

By Terry Collins, 

Shea Haile 

Courier Sports

CARTHAGE -— The Gordonsville Tigerettes were the top seed going into the Smith County Elementary Tournament which was held at Bill Landreth Gym in Carthage.

The Big Blue left no doubt after last Monday night’s performance which resulted in a 43-11 victory over second seed Smith County Middle.

The county title was the first for the Tigerettes since 2012. 

“It has been a long time coming and it capped off a pretty good year we had,” said Gordonsville Junior High Tigerettes head coach Jake Dillard.  “We lost in the first  round of the DeKalb West Tournament by three to Watertown, we lost to them here at the Keith Williams Classic (title game) as well — then Watertown goes on to win the Division AA tournament at the James C. Haile State Tournament. We lost by a combined five points to an eventual state champion.”

Dillard continued, “We lost to Rickman who was the runner up and Glenn Martin who was the defending state champion from a year ago — so we went out and tried to schedule the best opponents we possibly could to give us a challenge and to get us ready for that moment. It is always good to end the season with a win.”

The Tigerettes used a swarming defense to create several turnovers and led the entire way to improve to 16-6 overall.

Among the 16 victories for the unit, was a 42-40 triumph against eventual Haile State Tournament Division A champion Pickett County in the Best At West Tournament.  

Lanie Foster led Big Blue with 18 points as she tallied six points each in the first three quarters. Isabella Frye came off the bench to toss in eight points. Anna Kate Dudney and Lierra Baines scored six points each. Emma Miller completed the scoring with five. 

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