(G) Pine Grove 52, West Union 44: On Senior Night, it was only fitting that two seniors would lead the way for the Pine Grove Lady Panthers. Bryana Davis scored 30 points–15 in each half–and Chloe Bailey added 11 to help the Lady Panthers fight off the West Union Lady Eagles.
Bailey sank three three-pointers and scored all her points in the first half. With Davis’ 15, Pine Grove was in total control at 30-16.
West Union found a groove coming out of the break, pieced together a 17-4 run, capped by a Juliana Garner three-pointer and got within 36-33 headed to the final quarter.
The Lady Eagles would get no closer thanks in part to Davis who scored her nine fourth-quarter points in a 15-2 game-deciding run. She banged three consecutive lane jumpers before finding Anna Dixon, who slashed for a wide-open layup. A defensive stop later, Davis connected on a three-pointer from the right-wing for a Pine Grove 51-38 cushion with just over 90 seconds remaining.
The Lady Eagles (23-7) are the No. 2 seed in the Div. 1-1A Tournament, which starts Monday at Booneville High School. The full tournament bracket is scheduled to be released Saturday, Feb. 9.
(B) West Union 58, Pine Grove 38: Senior forward Kane Tigrett scored 12 points and Jacob Carpenter added 10 for Pine Grove.
(G) Ripley 69, Tishomingo County 34: Despite being without Coach Katie Bates, who is dealing with a family issue, the Daily Journal’s No. 1 girls team kept things rolling and finished the regular season 23-4. Lady Tiger Assistant Regina Chills improved to 4-0 on the season. In the Ripley’s state title season of 2010-11, Bates missed eight games with her first child. Then Assistant Brent Kukl went 8-0.
(B) Ripley 95, Tishomingo County 58: The Ripley Tigers had their best offensive night of the season and improved to 19-9.