Lady Spartans’ Tournament Run Continues

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A wise man once said strike first and win the day. Nowhere has that saying been more exemplified than in the district finals matchup between the Alexander Lady Spartans and the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs on Saturday.

There was no shortage of confusion on the court in Waverly High School, as both sides of the court were racking up fouls like it was buy one-get-one-free. Back-to-back free throws occurred in the fourth quarter after a technical foul against Lynchburg-Clay was nullified due to another foul by Alexander. On top of all the madness, a Lynchburg-Clay fan was ejected from the game for continued inappropriate conduct.

Both teams were split what formed the base of their offense for this matchup. The Lady Spartans appeared more tuned in in the key, with 28 of their 54 points coming from the paint. The Lady Mustangs however seemed to be riding on the shoulders of Peyton Scott, who alone dropped 27 points.

Alexander on the other hand spread their points out through the entire team. Top scorers were McKena Rice with 16 points and Rachel Richardson close behind with 14 of her own. The two starting freshmen on the squad each had a respectable game of their own. Kara Meeks tacked on eight points for the Lady Spartans, and Marlee Grinstead did what she does best and sank five out of her six total free throws to provide much needed padding the final minutes of the game.

The Lady Spartans had sputtered out in the second quarter, only putting up nine points to the Lady Mustangs’ 15, going into halftime trailing by one, 25-24. 13 of Lynchburg-Clay’s 25 points in the first half were free throws. This trouble continued to plague Alexander going into the third quarter, where the Lady Spartans wrestled the lead back-and-forth from the Lady Mustangs and struggling to build a confident lead.

The Lady Spartans are now gearing up to face their fellow number one seed team the Hiland Hawks at Logan High School on Wednesday, March 6. The game is slated to begin at 6:15 pm.