In a win or go home matchup, the Lady Chiefs faced off against Signal Mountain at Signal Mountain in the opening round of the regional tournament, falling 45-27 to end the season in Chattanooga.
Signal Mountain struck first from deep on the opening possession of the game. Sequoyah’s first point came from Harrell at the free throw line where she went 1 of 2. Signal Mountain’s Olivia Koontz maneuvered inside for two. A triple from Abbey Borden made the score 5-4 Signal Mountain midway through the first quarter. Signal Mountain drained their second triple of the night, and after one quarter of play, Signal Mountain led the Lady Chiefs 8-4.
Signal Mountain had a hot start to the second quarter, jumping out to a 15-4 lead as the Lady Chiefs struggled to find the open look. Empty trips plagued the offense on both ends for the next two minutes before Signal Mountain scored inside with the chance to make it a 3-point play, but the free throw was unsuccessful.
Koontz was fouled on a later trip down the floor for Signal Mountain, where she went 2-2 from the strike, pushing Signal Mountain to a 21-4 lead with 3:12 remaining in the first half. Borden put an end to the Lady Chief scoring drought, as they had not scored since the 5:30 mark in the first quarter. Mallorie Harrell would score the last Lady Chiefs’ points before the half, a 3-pointer. At the half, the Lady Chiefs trailed Signal Mountain 25-9.
Borden scored the first Lady Chiefs’ points of the second half, a free throw. Koontz continued to crash the boards, turning as many empty trips into scores as she could. The Lady Chiefs would not go down without a fight. Harrell came up with a takeaway but could not capitalize on it. After a couple trips to the free throw line and some offensive putbacks, the Lady Chiefs stepped it up on defense. Lauren Belcher’s tight defense forced a Signal Mountain turnover. Although they could not capitalize, Wiggins grabbed a hold of what would have been a defensive rebound for Signal Mountain and forced a jump ball with possession in favor of Sequoyah. Again, nothing going offensively for the Lady Chiefs offensively. After Signal Mountain added two to their end of the scoreboard, Borden answered with two for the Lady Chiefs. The score, 37-14, Signal Mountain out front.
Seniors Belcher and Harrell added the next five Lady Chiefs points with a trey from Belcher and two free throws from Harrell. Signal Mountain knocked down a few field goals of their own, and Signal led 41-19 over the Lady Chiefs late in the fourth quarter. Borden reeled in a Belcher miss and put it back up for two, but again Signal Mountain had an answer. Harrell drained another 3-pointer, her second of the night. A triple from Jesse Weese a few trips later would be the final points scored for the Lady Chiefs in the game, and sadly, the final points scored of their 2018-2019 season as Signal Mountain went on to win the game 45-27.
Signal Mountain’s Olivia Koontz led all scoring with 21. Mallorie Harrell finished with 11 for the Lady Chiefs, while Abbey Borden added 10.