Author: Wade Littleton / Sports Editor Source: The Rogersville Review
CHURCH HILL — There was concern Saturday night by Volunteer Coach Jerry Myers that his Lady Falcons would come out flat after a Friday night overtime victory over Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett.The Lady Falcons (14-7) put those concerns to rest as they kept the visiting Cherokee Lady Chiefs at bay throughout Saturday's contest for a 41-35 victory in the Falcons' Nest.This victory meant a season sweep for the Lady Falcons over their Hawkins County rivals.The Lady Falcons played with heavy hearts Friday and Saturday due to the death of reserve Tia Johnson's father. “This was a tough game from start to finish because nobody had a big lead,” Myers said, “We played hard Friday night. I was concerned that we would be a little tired, but we fought through the fatigue, dived on the boards and played really hard.” Deanna Way broke open a close game for the Lady Falcons, hitting back-to-back three-pointers in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to 29-19. “Deanna hit some big threes for us. Those gave us some breathing room,” Myers said.The outcome could have been further in doubt had the Lady Falcons not hit their last 12 points from the foul line.Lindsey Overbey topped the Lady Falcons with 19 points. With back-to-back victories, the Lady Falcons are looking to be in contention for a high seed in the upcoming District Tournament behind Class AAA State Runner-up Science Hill.“We're hoping to get into the upper part of that conference to battle. That's what we've been working for all year. Last night was a big step for us. This is a big rivalry game, it's emotional. Playing before a big crowd, it's good for us. It's a good weekend for us.”“We had a couple of breakdowns which left Way open and she nailed two three's in the fourth quarter to kind of seal the deal,” Cherokee Coach Kayla Ormsbee said. “We knew it would be a tough game coming in, and they would be aggressive. It's always going to be close and competitive. Volunteer got the lead early, and we had to fight back in the second half. It came down to them making some big shots, especially the free throws.Despite the loss, Ormsbee thinks that the Lady Chiefs are rounding into form for the second half of the season. “Battling in the paint, Volunteer did a good job in the first half defending the post. In the second half, we were more patient, got the ball inside and scored on them. That kept us in the game,” Ormsbee said. Pattie Ruth Taylor was once again the leading scorer for the Lady Chiefs (7-12, 3-3 in IMAC action) with 19 points. Savannah Marlow added nine for Cherokee.“We've just got to keep getting better and smarter with the basketball. We've got to know what to do in different situations. Hopefully, as our season progresses, we'll continue to grow with our basketball smarts.”“I was happy with our defense. Defensively, we played well, while we're trying to get smarter and more patient on offense.” Ormsbee added.The Lady Chiefs travel to take on Inter Mountain Athletic Conference-leading Morristown West Tuesday night before playing at Jefferson County Friday. “We go out hoping to win every game, but West has two very good post players. Hopefully, we can contain them and close out on their three-point shooters,” Ormsbee noted.Volunteer hosts Sullivan South Tuesday back in Big Eight play before traveling to Tennessee High Friday.
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