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Meigs wins inaugural Hardee's Classic girls crown

Pat Kenney, Sports Correspondent • Dec 1, 2019 at 2:34 AM

JONESBOROUGH — Road weary, but no worse for the wear, Meigs’ Lady Tigers captured the inaugural girls championship at the 30th annual Hardee’s Classic with an impressive 68-50 win over David Crockett on Saturday night.

The Lady Pioneers (5-1) battled from the start and trailed just 15-9 after the first quarter. But that was as close as Crockett would get all night.

Meigs had too much firepower and gradually pulled away, leading by as many as 23 points late in the second half.

The Lady Tigers (3-3) traveled back and forth from Decatur three hours each way, each day — and it took a toll in Saturday’s matchup.

“Anytime you win you have to be pleased,” said Meigs’ Jason Powell, who coached at Crockett from 1994-98. “But I think all the travel this week just took the bounce out of our step. I know I’m worn out and I’m sure the girls are, too.”

Added Powell: “Crockett never quit. I told the girls at halftime that we had to establish ourselves in the second half or we’d be in a situation we didn’t want. I thought in the end we kept Crockett at bay in the second half.”

Meigs junior point guard Jacelyn Stone led the Lady Tigers with 18 points. Anna Crowder added 17 points and Jaci Powell 14.

“Meigs is just better than we are right now,” Crockett coach Tony Gordon noted. “They have so many weapons and can score so easily.

“But we were playing in a championship game in November and that’s something to take pride in. The girls played hard, so we’ll learn from this experience and get better because of it.”

Halle Scott had 10 points to lead Crockett.

HAPPY VALLEY 57, VOLUNTEER 42

Shayln Whitson and Kadie Bailey scored 10 points each to lead the Lady Warriors past the Lady Falcons in the third-place game.

After trailing by 12 at the half, Volunteer (2-4) closed to within five points (29-24) with 1:43 left in the third quarter. But Happy Valley (4-2) went on a 7-0 run to regain momentum and subdue the Lady Falcons.

Atlee Dean led Volunteer with 11 points.

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