Keith Davis Memorial Girls Classic quarterfinal
At Lauderdale County Gymnasium - Rogersville:
West Point 4 8 17 29 - 58 (11-5)
Lauderdale Co 14 14 21 18 - 67 (14-1)
FLASH NOTES: No team accepts a morale victory, but for the West Point Lady Warriors, character was shown in the second half Thursday night, playing a difficult venue for the first time.
Lauderdale County's gym doesn't send out special greetings when new opposition pays a visit.
Led by senior Allie Craig Cruce, who has signed with the University of Alabama and an aggressive style that has been a trademark of this program for years, Lauderdale County stormed to a 28-12 halftime lead with West Point in search of its shooting touch that never materialized in the first 16:00.
Cruce set the tone to start the third quarter by scoring three quick FGs that lifted the Lady Tigers to a 34-12 lead. A three-pointer moments later from Sydney Maner and the home side was well in command at 43-16.
Never giving up, Richie Penn's Lady Warriors did just that. With Mackenzie Carter producing three field goals and a free throw in the third, they started to see the ball go through the hoop and points coming on their side of the scoreboard.
Back to back treys from Miriam Oldacre and Lexi Shadix gave the Lady Warriors some momentum as they closed the deficit to 49-29 entering the final period.
Olivia Ball got into the scoring act in the fourth with a couple of made shots, plus two field goals from Shadix and two by Miriam Oldacre had West Point getting the margin trimmed to 58-49 with 1:33 remaining.
A three-pointer from Brooke Brownfield narrowed it to 60-56 and forced Lauderdale County coach Brant Llewellyn to send his starters, including Cruce, back on court with 40 seconds to play.
Lauderdale finished off West Point from the foul line with seven of eight coming in the clutch after the game was all of a sudden up for grabs.
West Point stormed for 29 points against Lauderdale County in the final quarter and outscored the Lady Tigers 46-39 in the second half.
Miriam Oldacare produced 11 second half points with Shadix scoring 10 points in the final half, nine by Carter, five from Ball and three by Brownfield. Cruce tallied 14 in the second half and finished the quarterfinal with a game high 23 points.
Penn knows his team is capable of putting together a 32-minute effort on the hardwood and would like to see that happen Friday when West Point meets Susan Moore in the consolation bracket at 12:00 p.m.
A win would send them to a 4:30 p.m. assignment against the winner of the Lawrence County (TN)-Alexandria game. They play each other after West Point encounters a squad from Blount County who is 13-1 coming into day three of the 2017 holiday event.
Photo 1: West Point's Lexi Shadix (1) jumps against Lauderdale's Allie Craig Cruce to begin the Keith Davis Memorial quarterfinal game Thursday night.
Photo 2: A stacked deck as West Point runs an out of bounds play with Olivia Ball looking to throw it into a teammate.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton