The Wayne County High School Lady cats came away with the “Silver Ball” this past week in the Blue Cross Championships Class 1A Tournament in Murfreesboro. The Lady cats defeated Cloudland on Thursday, Dresden on Friday, before losing to McKenzie by four, 46 – 42, in the final game on Saturday. The Lady cats finish the season with a 35 – 5 record, a district championship, a region championship, and the second place finish.
On Thursday, the Lady cats matched up with Cloudland High School from Roan Mt., Tennessee. They jumped out to an 18 – 8 lead at the end of the first quarter as Lauren Bryant scored 12 points in the opening quarter, including making a half-court heave at the buzzer. The Lady cats shot a blistering 55% from long range in the first half, hitting 7 of 13, contributing to a 31 – 13 halftime lead. They went on to take the win by the final score of 51 – 28. The Ladycats shot 47% from the field and won the rebounding advantage, 32 – 23.
Lauren Bryant finished the game with 15 points to lead the Lady cats. She was 4 of 9 from three and had 3 rebounds, a steal, and 4 assists. Blair Baugus and Savanna McClain each scored 10 points. Baugus had 4 boards, 3 steals, and an assist, while McClain had 8 rebounds and an assist. Michaela Gallian had 8 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and 2 rebounds off the bench. Cambree Camfield had 3 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Jac Keaton had 3 points with 3 rebounds, a steal, and 2 assists. Isabel Ludeke hit the final basket for the Lady cats, off an assist by Emma Bryant. Kenzie Griggs had 3 rebounds, a steal, and a block.
Friday afternoon the Lady cats took a double-digit lead over Dresden in the first quarter, 20 – 8, to take control of the game. The Lady cats went to the foul line 33 times in comparison to the Lady Lions 13 attempts. The Ladycats took the win 76 – 55 to advance to the finals. Savanna McClain led three double-digit scorers for the Lady cats. She finished with 24 points, going to the line 12 times. Lauren Bryant scored 17 points, while Blair Baugus added 14. McClain had 10 rebounds with 3 steals and one assist, while Bryant had 2 steals, a block, and 2 assists, and Baugus had 10 boards, 2 blocks, and a steal. Kenzie Griggs scored 7 points off the bench with 2 rebounds, a block, and a steal. Jac Keaton scored 6 points and had 4 assists. Michaela Gallian had 2 points with 2 rebounds and a block. Kylee Brewer had a rebound. The Ladycats finished 31 of 33 from the foul line and won the rebounding battle, 29 – 22.
On Saturday night, with snow on the ground, the Lady cats matched up in a late affair with the Lady Rebels of McKenzie. The game was opened up with an outstanding performance of the National Anthem by Senior Lady cat Jamie Lauren Hickman. The Lady cats took the lead early in the first, despite a pair of turnovers in the first minute of action. Three offensive rebounds and put backs at the 6 ½ minute mark saw the Lady cats take a 2 – 0 lead on a Cambree Camfield basket. They built the lead to 13 – 6 before McKenzie came storming back to tie the contest at 13 all at the first quarter break. The Lady cats took a 15 – 13 lead on a Blair Baugus lay-up just a minute into the second quarter, but their turnovers begin to pile up and the lead disappeared. They trailed 31- 23 at the half due to 15 turnovers. The margin grew to 10 in the third, but the Lady cats managed to whittle it down to five, but McKenzie went back up by eight at the end of the third. In the fourth, the Lady Rebels scored first to make it 45 – 35. Three consecutive turnovers by the Lady cats kept the ball on McKenzie’s offensive end. A defensive rebound by Michael Gallian and outlet pass to Kenzie Griggs for a lay-up cut the margin back to 8. Blair Baugus’ two free throws with 1:59 left, cut it to 6, 45 – 39. A Lauren Bryant 3 with 1:29 left made it a one possession game, 45 – 42. McKenzie went one of two from the foul line to push the score to 46 – 42. A missed jumper by Wayne County and defensive rebound by the Lady Rebels gave McKenzie a 1 & 1, which they missed with 19 seconds left. The Lady cats missed a pair of shots to fall by the 46 – 42 finals score.
The Lady cats shot 38% from the field and finished with 23 turnovers on the night. They were led in scoring by Blair Baugus with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 1 steal. Lauren Bryant also finished with double figures with 10 points and had 3 rebounds, a steal, and an assist. Cambree Camfield scored 7 points and had 4 boards, 2 steals, and 2 assists. Michaela Gallian had 4 points, a block, a rebound, and 2 assists. Savanna McClain had 3 points with 12 rebounds, a steal, and an assist, and Kenzie Griggs had 2 points with 4 rebounds. Jac Keaton had 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
The WCHS Cheer Squad was awarded the “Sportsmanship Award” for their performance in tourney action this past week. They placed #1 out of the 8 schools participating in the Class 1A tourney! Great job cheerleaders!
Congrats Lady cats on your success! You’ve worked hard and overcome a lot! All four seniors will be hard to replace. “WORK HARD FUTURE LADY CATS! BEST WISHES!”
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