Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tiger Girls Start 3-1; Win Consolation at Albany

Worth County’s girls recovered from a heartbreaking 48-47 loss to South Harrison by winning their next two games and claiming the consolation trophy at Albany.

Against an archnemesis, Worth County led much of the way against the much taller Bulldog squad. They were up one with 11 seconds left after they had made a defensive stand and South Harrison lost the ball out of bounds. But South Harrison got a steal off their press and converted to come away with the win. Worth County shot 15 for 32 from the line that game.

Worth County would recover against Pattonsburg to win 59-42 to survive elimination.
Against Pattonsburg, the Panthers held it close for the first three minutes of the game. The score was tied at 2 and 4 before Anna Gladstone got a pair of steals to make it 8-4. On her second steal, she somehow avoided a charge as she swerved around her defender just in time to convert.

Brittani Adams’ banked shot made it 9-6, but then Worth County began pulling away. Merrideth Spiers hit a free throw, Anna Gladstone followed with a steal, Payton Adwell connected from the high post off a pass from Spiers, and Sidney Troutwine hit Regan Allee, who got a triple from the right wing to make it 16-6 after one.

The margin stayed there for much of the second quarter. But then Payton Adwell converted a second chance possession to spark Worth County again.

Regan Allee hit Aubrey Ragan on the right side, and she was hammered on her 3-point attempt with 1:21 left. The shot went in and Ragan converted for a four point play. Payton Adwell hit a free throw with 35 seconds left to make it 31-13 at the half.

Pattonsburg has had Worth County’s number in recent years, but the Tigers made sure that there would be no comeback to start the third quarter. Anna Gladstone scored from inside off Allee’s pass, Gladstone aired one out long to Kristin New in transition, and Gladstone went coast to coast to put Worth County up 37-13 with 6:34 left in the third. The margin would not go  below 20 points for the remainder of the game.

Against Princeton, the game was much closer than the first time as Worth County needed overtime to win 43-36. Anna Gladstone fouled out in the fourth, and the question was how the team would respond. They did, as they completely outplayed the Blue Tigers in the extra period to secure the win after Princeton had erased a five point deficit.

Anna Gladstone had 12 before fouling out. Kristin New had 11, including 9 free throws. Payton Adwell had 8, Kaylee McElvain 7, and Regan Allee 5.

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