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Hartselle Enquirer

Lady Tigers fall late to Austin

| Caleb Suggs
| Caleb Suggs

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

The energy was cranked way up at Hartselle high school as the Hartselle Lady Tigers welcomed the Austin Lady Black Bears. The last time these two teams faced off the Black Bears escaped with an overtime victory when the nailed a 3-point shot with just seconds left. This time the Tigers were hoping for a different outcome as they looked for revenge in this very important area game.

As the game started the Tigers jumped out to a big lead as they went up on the Black Bears 17-4. Austin would get things turned around quick however as they went on an 8-0 run to close out the first quarter and cut the lead to 17-12.

As the second quarter, started Austin quickly cut the lead to 17-16. A Kayla Key 3 pointer would push the lead back to 20-16 but Austin would answer quickly to make it 20-19. Austin would take their first lead at 21-20. The Black Bears had turned up their full court press and it was troubling the Tigers. Mary Jane Wooley would tie the game back up at 25-25 with a three pointer and Key would retake the lead with a three of her own to make the game 28-25. The Tigers hoped to keep the lead at halftime but Austin would go up 30-28 just before halftime.

In the third quarter, the game went back and forth for much of the quarter. Austin would take their biggest lead of the game when they hit a three pointer to go up 41-36. Mariah Taylor and Anna Mathis would tie the game up with a two and three point shot respectively.

It looked like Austin would wrap up all the momentum when a player threw up a half court shot at the buzzer to take the lead 48-45. However, Hartselle wouldn’t go down just yet. A two point shot and a free throw by Mary Jane Wooley would tie the game back up at 48. Hartselle would take the lead back at 50-48 and it would be the last lead they’d hold. After falling behind 53-50, Hartselle had a chance to close the lead when Mariah Taylor stole the ball and attempted to breakaway for the score. However, much to the dissatisfaction of the home crowd, Taylor was called for a foul and the ball was given back to the Black bears who would take advantage to push the lead to 56-50. This would be the final nail in the coffin. Hartselle would fall behind 58-50 and eventually lose the game 62-57.

Player(s) of the game: Kayla Key and Mariah Taylor. In big games like this one, you always need your playmakers to step up their game and Taylor and Key gave it all they had. Taylor delivered multiple big shots in the game that either tied the game or retook the lead. Key’s presence on the court was a very welcomed addition for the young Tigers. The senior leader has been absent for a few games and has been sorely missed. Key’s leadership and grit was an important factor in this game and will continue to be as the Tigers attempt to make a run at state.

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