Stone Memorial came to Lafayette on Jan 10th for a region contest against Macon County. The Tigerettes were able to get their first region win.
Tipping off at 6 pm were two girls teams that were winless in region play thus far. Stone jumped out to an 11-6 lead after the first eight minutes and a 21-18 lead at halftime. The Tigerettes didn’t seem to be in sync, but were able to do just what they needed to stay in the game.
In the third quarter the Tigerettes seemed a bit more focused and intense. Most fans would agree that a bit more aggression would be a good ingredient for these young ladies to start adding to their game. At the end of the third and thru the first half of the fourth quarter that is just what the Tigerettes did. Strong play from point guard Laitln Kirby and a big contribution from Kaydence Walrond helped in spades.
The Tigerettes were able to build a 10 point lead with three minutes to go. Then the Lady Panthers started pressing. They were able to carve the lead to just three when Karly Ramsey made just enough of her free throws to ice the game. Final score Macon 42 Stone Memorial 39.
Scoring totals were: Ramsey 20 points, Kirby 10, Walrond 5, Allie Thompson 4, and Natalie Green 3. Cadence Carter did not score.
The Panthers came to town leading the region and currently undefeated in region play. It was clear early on that Coach Michael Owens was going to slow this game WAY down and try to win ugly. The Tigers held the ball in their first possession for over two minutes without taking a shot. Stone led 3-2 after the first period.
Stone was able to keep enough players in the game to chase down the Tiger offense and started making some shots. Still moving slow Stone led 13-8 at halftime and the Tigers were still in the game at that point.
Then the Panthers really stepped up their game. Stone was able to go on a 16-0 run in the third quarter to effectively put this game away. It was 31-12 at the end of the third and Stone wins 45-18. With the strategy that Coach Owens employed, his team played well against the region leaders.
Scoring was: Cason Gregory 11, Braylon Flowers 1, Dalton Hudson 4, and Correy Shrum 2. The entire bench in Brady Driver, Logan Bandy, Jack Hogin, Braylon Marshall, McKade Mix, Lee Jenkins, Jay Wilson, Bransen Capps, Garron West, and Hayden Calvert all played in the game but did not score.