Lady Tigers take down Cats

Stephanie King

After a week of exams, Randolph County teams took the court on Friday in conference play. In Randleman, the Lady Tigers played host to the Lady Wildcats of Eastern Randolph after facing the Wildcats once already this season. These two teams met in the first round of the Courier-Tribune Christmas Invitational where the Tigers came away with a 53-39 win over the Wildcats. Randleman entered the game 4-0 in PAC-7 play and 11-1 on the season while Eastern Randolph came in at 3-1 in conference and 7-7 overall.

Scoring in this one took a while to get going, but the Tigers were the first on the board with a bucket from Taylor Gantt at the 5:46 mark of the quarter. Savannah Beaver tied it up at two with a pair of free throws before Gracyn Hall drained a three from the right-wing for the Tigers. Eastern Randolph stayed close with a free-throw from Brecken Snotherly and a bucket from Amya Brooks to tie the game at 5-5. Hall worked down low on the other end to put the Tigers back in front for good. The Tigers closed out the first quarter with a 5-2 run including a bucket from Hannah Hinshaw at the buzzer. After one complete quarter, Randleman led Eastern Randolph 12-7.

Hinshaw found Elizabeth York for the opening bucket of the second quarter extending the Tigers lead to seven. The Wildcats cut the lead to six on a free-throw from Beaver before the Tigers picked up a three from Gantt. Hinshaw added two more from the line to give the Tigers a 19-8 advantage. Snotherly scored on a baseline drive to cut the lead back to single digits. A strong drive from Gantt pushed the lead back to ten, but the Wildcats trimmed it to seven with a bucket from Lilly Whittaker and a pair of free throws from Courtnee Carter. A scoop and score from York put the Tigers on top by nine before a jumper from Brooks cut the lead back to seven. Randleman turned things up down the stretch using a 9-0 to take a 32-16 lead at the half over the Wildcats.

The Tigers continued their run in the third quarter with a bucket from Hinshaw to start the quarter. Beaver hit one of two at the line to cut the lead to seventeen before Brooks laid one in to get it to fifteen. Hinshaw, Hall, and York each scored during an 8-0 run to give the Tigers a 44-19 lead. Snotherly ended the run with a pair of free throws, but Hall and Hinshaw both scored to close out the quarter. After three-quarters of play, Randleman was in control 48-21.

Dori Luther came off the bench for the Wildcats in the fourth quarter and gave them an immediate spark. She opened the quarter with a three from the right-wing before Hall added two free throws for the Tigers. Luther continued to provide excellent minutes for the Wildcats scoring five straight including another three to cut the lead to nineteen. Hall ended the run with a bucket in the paint to push the lead back to twenty-one. Eastern Randolph picked up their defense giving the Tigers trouble down the stretch while putting a couple of buckets on the board. Snotherly scored back to back buckets for the Cats to cut the lead to nineteen. Randleman never led the Wildcats back in it and finished out the game with a 5-3 run for a 59-38 win.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Gracyn Hall with 20 points. Hannah Hinshaw finished with 14 points and Elizabeth York added 13 points, while Taylor Gantt chipped in nine. For the Wildcats, Dori Luther led with ten points. Brecken Snotherly finished with nine points and Amya Brooks notched six.

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