Lady Tigers blast Gibbs
The No. 3-seeded Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers kept their season alive for at least another week with a dominant 63-37 first-round District 3-AA Tournament win over the No. 6 Union County Lady Patriots on Friday afternoon at Jack A. Parton Gymnasium in Gatlinburg.
It was the third Lady Tiger win over the Lady Pats (13-16) this season. Pigeon Forge (17-8) won the three meetings by a combined 196-94 margin.
“All the girls played well,” said Pigeon Forge coach Paul Reagan.
“And all the girls got to play, so it was a good day.”
The Lady Tigers built a 37-17 lead by intermission thanks in part to senior Mindy Brackins’ 25-point performance.
“Mindy played well, and she only played about two-and-a-half quarters too,” said Reagan. “Mindy was determined it wasn’t going to be her last game.”
With the victory, the Lady Tigers guaranteed themselves a spot not only in the District 3-AA semifinals, but in the Region 2-AA tournament.
Pigeon Forge junior Mikayla Trombley was the other Lady Tiger to reach double-digit scoring with 14 points, junior Callie Clabo had six, sophomore Alyssa Mitchell and freshman Natalie Holbert had four apiece, and senior Katie Shields, junior Clarissa Crowley and sophomore Rebecca Baker along with freshmen Sarah Hill and Shelby Dockery all had a deuce apiece in the win.
The Lady Tigers next play the No.2 Fulton Lady Falcons (17-5) 4 p.m. today in a semi-finals contest at the new G-P gym.
Pigeon Forge lost both regular-season match-ups with Fulton by the narrowest of margins, falling 51-47 in Knoxville and 59-56 at home.
“We sure are looking forward to that match-up, because it ought to be a good game,” said Reagan. “We respect the heck out of Fulton, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”