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Lady Cougars outlast Crockett County in Thanksgiving Shootout

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Alex Wherry

Alex Wherry

Precious Mills explodes to the basket.

Precious Mills explodes to the basket.

Munford Lady Cougars Lindsey Owen and Alex Wherry were two key factors in Munford's overtime victory over Crockett County during Friday night's portion of the Thanksgiving Shootout.

Munford Lady Cougars Lindsey Owen and Alex Wherry were two key factors in Munford’s overtime victory over Crockett County during Friday night’s portion of the Thanksgiving Shootout.

The first day of Munford’s first Thanksgiving Shootout ended with a thrill.
The main event Friday night in the Munford Gymnasium was the host Lady Cougars taking on the Crockett County Lady Cavaliers. Trailing for most of the second half, the Lady Cougars fought back behind the inside play of Lindsey Owen and Alex Wherry.
“The huddle and sideline stayed positive the whole time,” Munford Head Coach Steve Poindexter noted. “Even at halftime before I came into the locker room, the girls were already saying, ‘We need to do this,’ and ‘We have to start doing this.’ So that helped out a lot and the girls are getting better each game.”
Owen’s and Wherry’s improved play allowed Munford to erase 6-point deficit in the second half to tie the game at 41-41 at the end of regulation. In the extra period, the Lady Cougars outlasted Crockett County making 7 of 13 free throws to win 50-46.
“I’ve told the girls, one day the free throw thing will cost us a game,” Poindexter acknowledged. “We have to get that solved and give a full effort all four quarters before it cost us a game. I don’t believe we had intensity the entire game, at least the intensity we had the last quarter and half.”
Munford fell behind 10-9 after the first quarter despite a bucket by Precious Mills, two lay-ups from Owen and a three-pointer from Shania Jones.
The Lady Cavaliers doubled their lead by halftime at 23-21. The Lady Cougars fell behind 20-14 midway throught the second quarter. Then Mills took over the game starting with a lay-up.
The junior guard made a pair of foul shots and then used a three-point play to make the score 23-21.
The Lady Cougars tied the score at 23-23 after Kierra Richardson made 2 of 3 free throws. Crockett County responded with a 6-0 run.
Munford chipped away at the 29-23 deficit starting with a Wherry foul shot. Then Mills located Owen in the paint for a lay-up.
Once again Wherry went 1 of 2 from the line to make the score 29-27. Later Munford worked the ball inside to Owen again for the typing bucket.
Trailing 30-29 in the final second of the third quarter, the Lady Cougar guards found Owen again this time for a lay-up and foul. The junior forward’s three-point play made the tally 32-30 in favor of Munford heading into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter of regulation the Lady Cavs jumped out to a 40-34 advantage. Owen started the Lady Cougars’ comeback with another shot in the lane.
Wherry nailed a jumper to make the score 40-38. With 54.8 seconds remaining Wherry made a free throw to cut the deficit to one point.
After the Lady Cavs made a free throw to make the score 41-39, Mills tied the game with 21.7 seconds left by grabbing a rebound and going up strong for the basket.
The score remained 41-41 until Wherry hit a jumper in overtime. The Lady Cougars build a 47-41 advantage in the extra frame behind foul shots. Munford added three more free throws to hold off Crockett County 50-46.

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