GIRLS BASKETBALL: Memphis Metro 49, TRA 29
Head Coach Keith Cox knew coming into the campaign he would incorporate three eighth graders into in rotations. He also would depend on the on-the-court and off-the-court leadership of seniors Brooke Bridges, Ally Naifeh and Taylor Beasley.
The trio was needed to help a lineup featuring mostly underclassmen as they dealt with the Lauren Moody situation. Their beloved classmate and teammate passed away in late December.
Rivals have paid tribute to the Moody’s memory and courageous battle. Meanwhile the Lady Rebels still have to go onto the court with a majority young team taking on their league schedule.
Tonight in the TRA Gymnasium, the Lady Rebels stepped out of league play to take on the Memphis Metro Lady Mustangs. And the Lady Mustangs showed no mercy using a physical game plan to win the game 49-29.
Tonight’s contest between the Memphis Metro Mustangs and Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels couldn’t end any other way.
The game played in the TRA Gymnasium featured five players fouling out and several missed free throws. So when Rebel senior forward Darien Weakley was disqualified with his fifth foul with 0.1 on the clock, it was time for Memphis Metro’s Austin Crum to step to the line trailing 62-60.
When Crum missed the first foul shot, it was clear the Rebels would win the thrilling game. The guard missed the second shot on purpose but the Mustangs couldn’t get the ball back.
Head Coach David Hunt and his Rebels could breathe a sigh of relief holding on for the victory.