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Friendship reaches FCS tourney final

Andy Reed • Dec 29, 2017 at 8:21 PM

Three Lady Commanders scored in double figures Friday night to lift host Friendship Christian past Middle Tennessee Christian 58-52 in the semifinals of the FCS Christmas Tournament at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

Ashlyn Pittman penetrated to the rim for 19 points while twin sister Hailey had 12 as both sank 5 of 7 free throws. Rachel Pippin pitched in with 10, including six in the fourth quarter, as the Lady Commanders climbed to 12-2 for the season and reached Saturday’s 6 p.m. final against Page. MTCS will take on Cannon County for third place at 3.

The Lady Commanders led 13-10 following the first quarter, 26-22 at halftime and 42-37 through three periods.

Anna Taylor sank all six of her free throws as she added eight for Friendship while Autumn Groves scored six, Savannah Craighead two and Hannah Alexander a free throw.

Mary Mackie led the Lady Cougars with 22 points while Kayla Taylor added 11.

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