MEIGS COUNTY LADY TIGERS 65, SWEETWATER LADY CATS 43
In a district matchup between the Meigs County Lady Tigers and the Sweetwater Lady Cats, Meigs County grabbed command early, and never looked back.
The Lady Cats were coming off a two-game win streak to start the second half of this basketball season.
The swarming Lady Tiger defense made it difficult for the Lady Cats to find the open teammate.
Abbey Barr tied for lead scorer for the Lady Cats with 10, 6 of her points coming from behind the arc. Madison Robinson also finished with 10. Trinity Upton followed behind with 7, while Mikalee Martin and Mari Robbins each added 6.
Meigs County’s Kassedy Kenny led all scoring with 15.
The final score was 65-47, in favor of Meigs County.
SWEETWATER WILDCATS 72, MEIGS COUNTY TIGERS 46
It was a slow start for the boys as Meigs jumped out to a 6-0 lead. A Wildcats time-out sparked a stronger effort from the Wildcats. After one quarter, Meigs County was in front of the Wildcats with a score of 17-11. Fouls were becoming an early issue as each team had 3 fouls.
Dominique Oggs dished it to Austin Long inside for 2 to cut the Meigs lead to 4 early in the second quarter, but a shooting foul on the other end allowed Meigs to score 1 of 2 from the strike. With five minutes remaining in the second quarter, Meigs was in the single bonus. Freshman Jayce Upton knocked down a huge 3-pointer for the Wildcats, followed by a charge drawn by Long. Aaron Littleton deflected a pass out of bounds. Moments later, Oggs came up with a steal and took it all the way to the rim to tie the game at 20 with four minutes remaining in the half.
Meigs turned the ball over, and the Tigers gave Sweetwater a chance to take the lead for the first time in the matchup. The Wildcats couldn’t get anything going on their next possession, but Upton took a charge on the defensive end to leave the momentum with Sweetwater. Kolbe Billingsley missed in the lane, but pulled down his own miss and put it back up to take a 2-point 22-20 lead over the Tigers. Upton came up with a steal and big play down court, but 5 straight points for the Tigers pushed them out to a 25-24 lead with one minute remaining in the half. The Tigers were in charge of the last possession. As fouls continued to plague both teams, the Tigers knocked down two free throws to give them the 3-point advantage going into the half, as Sweetwater’s final shot attempt was unsuccessful.
Just 7 points were scored in the first three minutes of the 2nd half. 3 for Sweetwater, 4 for Meigs. Upton knocked down another 3 to cut the Meigs lead to 1.
A 3-point play for Matthew Kile gave the Wildcats the lead back. It was Kile again inside for 2 on the next Cats’ possession. Then Billingsley, with a dime from Long. Upton knocked down his 3rd three of the night, giving the Cats just the push they needed as they took a 40-31 lead with under 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd.
Oggs was fouled on back to back trips, going 3 for 4 from the line.
Oggs and Billingsley scored on the next few trips down the floor for the Wildcats, while Meigs knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end. Again, Oggs and Billingsley scored for the Wildcats on the next couple possessions. Meigs hadn’t quit just yet, as Brantley Baker continued to knock down shots for the Tigers.
With 4:30 remaining in regulation, after Oggs drew a foul, the Wildcats were in double bonus. A 3-point play for Meigs cut the Cats’ lead to 14 inside four minutes.
The trio of Billingsley, Kile, and Oggs scored the next 8 points for the Cats, with just just 3 Tigers’ points in between.
Both teams replaced their starters in the remaining 2 minutes. Carson Kile, little brother of senior Matthew Kile knocked down 2 3-pointers to seal the deal for the Cats.
The Cats were able to bounce back from their heartbreaking 2 point loss to Loudon on Friday, as they grabbed a district win on the road.
Billingsley led the Cats in scoring with 21, while Kile and Oggs each added 16. Freshman Jayce Upton finished with 11. Brantley Baker of Meigs County led all scoring with 27.