Mallorie Harrell

Mallorie Harrell takes the ball to the hoop in the Lady Chiefs’ semifinal loss to Meigs County.

It was a tough night in the district semifinals Friday night for Sequoyah’s Lady Chiefs, who fell behind in the first quarter and could not recover in a loss to Meigs County, 55-28.

It was the Lady Chiefs who struck first offensively with a corner trey by Mallorie Harrell. The next trip down the floor, it was Harrell from the elbow for 2. Meigs County knocked down a field goal and a couple free throws. With three to play in the first, the score read Sequoyah 5, Meigs 4.

Harrell had an opportunity for a 3-point play as she was fouled going up inside and the basket counted, but she was unable to connect from the strike.

Another silence in scoring occurred for approximately two minutes until Kassidy Kenny of Meigs County broke the silence with a layup. With 40 seconds to go in the first quarter, the Lady Chiefs led 7-6. A corner trey at the buzzer for Meigs gave them their first lead of the night, 9-7, after one quarter of play.

Although it was a slow start for both ends in the first quarter, that was not the case for Meigs County in the second quarter as they jumped out to a 21-9 lead with four minutes remaining in the half. Meigs County was knocking down shots inside and outside.

Grace Wiggins added two for the Lady Chiefs, while Harrell and Juli Brackett each added a trey. So with 2:45 remaining in the half, it was Meigs County 24, Lady Chiefs 14. Harrell would add four straight points and take a charge for the Lady Chiefs before the half. Meigs knocked down two more triples before heading to the locker room. Meigs County led 30-19 at the half.

Meigs County knocked one down from deep to start the second half. Lady Chiefs’ seniors Harrell and Lauren Belcher each added two points for the Lady Chiefs, while Abbey Borden also added two. The Lady Chiefs rallied to cut the lead to nine, but Meigs County went on a run, and at the end of three, it was Meigs County out front, 41-23.

It was a slow moving fourth quarter. With 5:26 remaining, neither team had scored more than five points. Meigs County led 45-26.

Wiggins fouled out with 4:45 remaining in regulation. Meigs County continued to find their way inside. Brackett added to to the Lady Chiefs’ end of the scoreboard as she cut inside, the assist going to Raechel Bailey. That would be the last basket for the Lady Chiefs.

Belcher fouled out with 1:15 remaining. Meigs County went on to win 55-28. The win sent the Lady Tigers to the District 5AA Championship.

Sequoyah’s Harrell scored 16 in the loss.

Despite the loss, the Lady Chiefs still played on Monday night for third place, against Sweetwater’s Lady Wildcats. The Lady Chiefs will also play in the regional tournament.

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