Jr. Lady Cyclones fall short in quest for Area 1 AAA title

Published 11:55 pm Thursday, January 27, 2022

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
KINGSPORT – The T.A. Dugger Jr. High Lady Cyclones knew the road to the TMSSA Class 1 AAA title wasn’t going to be a cakewalk against a team that gave the girls from ‘Betsy their only two losses of the season.
And while the first quarter was close, the Jr. Lady Cyclones just couldn’t get enough baskets to fall and as a result, had to settle for the AAA Runner-up for the 2021-2022 season dropping a 32-19 final.
The loss hasn’t ended the team’s season, however, as they will advance as the #2 seed from Area 1 in the sectional tournament at Powell Middle School beginning on Saturday morning.
At the first stoppage of the game, the Jr. Lady Cyclones only found themselves trailing by a score of 6-5 as Michelle Shields trey and a deuce from Jamira Smalls kept TAD close.
Liberty Bell went on a 14-6 run that gave the Lady Patriots a small cushion at the half leading 20-11 over the Jr. Lady Cyclones.
Sadie Williams buried a trey in the period for Coach Matt Fox’s team while Kalli Shepard was a perfect 2-of-2 from the free-throw line while Small connected on 1-of-2.
Neither team managed to get an offensive flow coming out of the locker room as Liberty Bell managed to hold onto their earlier lead to take a 26-15 edge into the final six minutes of play.
There just wasn’t enough time for the Jr. Lady Cyclones to change up the game plan as Liberty Bell held on for the title.
Shields was named to the All-Tourney team at the conclusion of the contest.
2022 TMSSA AREA 1 AAA GIRL’S TOURNAMENT
Liberty Bell, 32-19
T.A. Dugger (19)
Adrian Heading 4, Michelle Shields 5, Kalli Shepard 2, London Taylor 2, Sadie Williams 3, Jamira Small 3.
Liberty Bell (32)
Khloe Summers 3, Clara Crowe 4, Gabby Long 5, Allie Conner 1, Maria Lyde 13, Audrey Adams 1, Chloe Conner 5.
T.A. Dugger ……. 5 6 4 4 – 19
Liberty Bell ……. 6 14 6 6 – 32

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