Every year members of the Cumberland Rim have a season ending tournament and this year’s tournament was held at Hartsville.
Members of the conference are Celina-Jim B. Satterfield Middle-Jackson County-Westmoreland-Red Boiling Springs and Macon County. Macon County’s boys and girls along with Red Boiling Springs boys and girls received first round byes and both schools were in action on Thursday.
The Tigerettes Semi-Final action was against Celina and on paper the Tigerettes were a heavy favorite. They played like their number 1 seed by beating Celina by a final score of 52-9.The entire roster played for both schools but Celina had no answer for the speed and size that the Tigerettes put on display. The Tigerettes led 30-2 at halftime and the Tigerettes played everyone on their bench. The Tigerettes were hot from 3 point range as they knocked down 8 three pointers with Jalynn Gregory leading with 3 baskets from beyond the arc. Abby Shoulders came off the bench to nail 2 long three pointers. McKaylee Mix along with Morgan Carter and Jamie Ashburn all dialed long distance once. With the win the Tigerettes now advance to the championship game.
Scoring totals for the Tigerettes: Keeley Carter-14 points, Marah King-8 points, Jalynn Gregory 9 points, Abby Shoulders 6 points, Jamie Ashburn 3 points, while Kyndal Ludick and Olivia Belton each had 2 points.
The Red Boiling Springs Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Eagles will lock horns in a rubber match as each team won on their home court during the regular season. Both teams put on a clinic on how to play defense and the Lady Eagles won a close game by a final score of 29-22. The Lady Bulldogs held a 7-4 lead after the first quarter and a 13-10 advantage at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs were getting their points from Kennedy Fleming who scored 7 first half points and 7 second half points to lead the Lady Bulldogs in scoring for the game with 14 points.
The only way the Lady Bulldogs could stay in this game was to play great defense and don’t give up second chance points. Lady Bulldog Liz Anderson along with Briley Morgan and Hailey Davis plus Kailey Holland all played great defense the entire game. Kenil Sadler also played very good defense. Liz Anderson also scored 4 points including 2 free throws in the fourth quarter which turned out to be the only points the Lady Bulldogs would score in the entire quarter. The Lady Eagles gained the lead 21-20 with 2 minutes left in the game and Anderson gave the Lady Bulldogs a 22-21 lead but the Lady Eagles would score the final 8 points of the game to take the Lady Eagles to the Championship game to face Macon County.
Lady Bulldog Liz Anderson finished with 4 points, Kailey Holland 2 points, and Davis scored 2 points. The Lady Bulldogs will face Celina in the consolation game on Saturday.
The first game on Saturday morning was the battle between Red Boiling Springs and Celina with the winner getting a 3rd place trophy. Red Boiling Springs had played Celina twice this year and the Lady Bulldogs won both games and there was not a lot of fans who thought this game would be any different and the Lady Bulldogs won for the third time this year beating Celina by a final score of 51-35.
The Lady Bulldogs managed 19 first quarter points while holding Celina to just 5 points. The hot hand for the Lady Bulldogs was Hailey Davis who hit 3 baskets from 3 point range to get the Lady Bulldogs a big lead in this contest. The second quarter was Kennedy Fleming’s turn and she had 4 baskets to go with the 2 she had in the first quarter while Davis made 2 more 2 point baskets and a total of 13 points for the first half. Lady Bulldog Coach Dustin McKinney cleared his bench early and everyone played well. The Lady Bulldogs had a 34-16 lead at halftime and relaxed just enough to let Celina score 15 second half points.
Scoring totals for the Lady Bulldogs-Fleming-20 points-Davis-19 points and her season high-Anderson-9 points and Sadler finished with 3 points. Briley Morgan, Kailey Holland, Kinsley Arnett, Iesha Smith, Briea Crouch, Rhinnan Hix, Rhinnan Hix, Emma Rainey, Hannah Wilson, Mary Copas, and Jasmine Pruitt all played but did not score.
The girls championship is between Macon County and Westmoreland. The Lady Tigerettes won this game by a final score of 40-10 and they won this game with their defense causing turnovers and unforced errors that led to easy baskets.
The Tigerettes jumped out to a 14-0 advantage after the first quarter and increased their lead at halftime to 23-3. Westmoreland fought the entire second half trying to catch up but the Tigerettes were just so far ahead there was no catching. The Tigerettes got first half scoring from 14 points from Keeley Carter plus 4 points from McKaylee Mix plus a 3 pointer from Jalynn Gregory. Marah King and Jamie Ashburn both made 2 point baskets. The Tigerettes rode the shoulders of Marah King who scored 9 points and Keeley Carter scored a 2 point basket to account for the 11 points the Tigerettes had for the quarter. The Tigerettes took a 34-6 lead to the fourth quarter and finished the game with a 40-10 victory. Olivia Belton, Abby Shoulders, and Landra Stafford each scored 2 point baskets. The Lady Eagles simply ran into a buzz saw that they had no answers for and turnovers kept them from mounting any kind of comeback.
Scoring totals for the Tigerettes-Carter 17 points, King-11 points, Mix 4 points, Ashburn-2 points, Stafford-2 points, Belton 2 points, and Allie Cliburn had 2 points. We congratulate the Tigerettes on winning the 2015 Cumberland Rim Championship.
The MVP award went to Keeley Carter and the All-Tournament team was: from Macon County Marah King, Morgan Carter, and McKaylee Mix, from Westmoreland Brooke Meador, Avery Morris, and from Red Boiling Springs Hailey Davis and Kennedy Fleming.