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Devilette rally comes up short at Oakland
Dec 12, 2006 12:00 am
MURFREESBORO — Lebanon's girls suffered a 57-51 loss to District 7-AAA rival Oakland Friday.
The Devilettes pulled within two points with 24 seconds remaining in the game after trailing 45-25 at the end of the third quarter.
"We decided to play in the fourth quarter," Devilette coach Darian Brown said after his team fell to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the district.
Lebanon disrupted the game plan of the Lady Patriots in the fourth, but didn't have enough time left to overcome the 20-point hole of the previous quarter.
"We didn't show up to play early," Brown noted. "In the first half, we had a lot of unforced turnovers, and that hurt us."
At the end of the first quarter, the score was deadlocked at 12.
Oakland gained the momentum and its first lead in the second quarter as Haley Randolph drove to the basket and was fouled. The shot missed the mark, but the ensuing free throw put the Lady Patriots on top.
The margin widened to 20 points as the third quarter closed 45-25 in favor of Oakland.
Oakland's Tara Davis led all scorers with 21 points and teammate Sarah King tossed in 17.
For Lebanon, Crystal Howse fired in 16 points, Jasmin Brooks added 11, Icelyn Elie put in 10, Ebony Marshall six, and London Elie and Chassity Herrod four each.
The Devilettes will host Mt. Juliet at 7 p.m. next Friday in the Blue Devil Classic at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Friendship falls at Clay County
CELINA — Clay County's girls widened a close game in the second quarter and blew it open in the third Friday night as the Lady Bulldogs beat Friendship Christian 55-42.
The Lady Bulldogs widened a 12-11 first-quarter lead to 29-18 by halftime and 44-21 through three periods as Friendship fell to 1-1.
"We were just a little – being the second game – out of sync and just downward spiraled from there," Lady Commander coach Deanna Teeter said. "Too many turnovers, again. We gave up several offensive rebounds.
"We didn't give up, which I'm proud of. We got down as much as 24."
Ashley Turner tossed in two three-pointers on her way to 14 points for Clay County while fellow guard Terra Kimes threw in 13, Kari Williams 11 and Lindsey Stephens 11.
Jesse Couch finished with 14 points for Friendship while Carly Warmath added eight, Sara Hay six (on a pair of threes), Katy Vaughan five, Gabbie Lowe four, Lindsey Farmer three and sister Lacey Farmer two.
Friendship will host Station Camp at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sportsplex.
Sports Editor Andy Reed contributed to this story.
Staff Writer Kimberly Jordan can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by email at email@example.com.