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Lady Broncos stay perfect

The first time the Dibrell Lady Wildcats and Eastside Lady Bulldogs matched up, Rachel Johnson’s basket in the final seconds gave Dibrell a victory. The second meeting ended in similar fashion.
The Lady Bulldogs had a chance to win, but Ali Hollandsworth couldn’t connect with a last-second shot and Johnson sealed the deal with two free throws as Dibrell won 35-32.
The Lady Bulldogs were focused on revenge Monday night as the last meeting with the Lady Wildcats ended with a bitter defeat on the road.
Eastside held the lead for a good portion of the second half, including going into the fourth quarter ahead 23-21 after Hollandsworth sank a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the third period.
Dibrell fought its way back behind post Sianna Womack. Womack gave the Lady Wildcats their first lead of the final period on a three-point play with 2:57 to go.
Down 26-25, Rylan Moore answered right back for the Lady Bulldogs by sinking a runner in the lane.
Bailey Barrett locked the score at 27 with a free throw at the two-minute mark, then drilled a 3-pointer that ended up giving the Lady Wildcats the lead for good.
Barrett’s 3-pointer from the top of the key was followed by a free throw from Womack as Dibrell went ahead 31-27 with 1:40 to play.
Jayden Smith, who was saddled with early foul trouble when Eastside fell behind 9-5 in the first quarter, cut the lead in half with a driving layup on the ensuing possession.
Dibrell followed with a turnover, but the Lady Bulldogs didn’t capitalize and the Lady Wildcats regained possession.
A wild scramble under the basket ended when Womack grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in to put Dibrell back ahead four, but Smith would come back with another big shot.
Smith flew up court, eventually stopping at the top of the key where she fired a 3-pointer. The shot hit nothing but net, cutting the Lady Wildcat lead to 33-32 with 31.2 seconds to play.
Dibrell tried to respond with another basket, but Johnson’s shot missed the mark and Eastside had a final opportunity to take the lead.
After a jumpball and time-out by Eastside coach Leanne Morrison, the Lady Bulldogs had the ball under their goal with 9.3 seconds left. The pass came in to Hollandsworth and she got a clean look from the right corner. The shot went in and out and Johnson pulled down the rebound before being fouled with 2.4 seconds to go.
Johnson went to the other end and sank two free throws to make it a three-point game. Smith’s desperation heave from halfcourt at the buzzer missed the mark and the Lady Wildcats celebrated their sixth win.
Womack finished with 14 points to lead Dibrell. Barrett was next with seven, followed by Johnson with six, Brianna Young with four and Allie Winkler and Erin Cantrell with two points apiece.
Dibrell kept its second-place spot by improving to 6-1.
Eastside, which dropped to 2-5, got 10 points from Moore and seven points each from Smith and Madison Parsley. Hollandsworth chipped in five while Kaitlyn Brock tallied two and MaKenna Mason had one.
In other elementary girls action, the Boyd Lady Broncos improved to a league-best 7-0 by defeating the Centertown Lady Warriors 39-12.
Boyd put the game away early when it outscored the visiting Lady Warriors 28-6 in the first half.
Rhiannon Hoover and Mackinzie Pistole did most of the damage for the Lady Broncos. Hoover scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the first half as the Boyd point guard connected on two 3-pointers. Pistole added eight as she dominated the paint for the Lady Broncos.
Hoover would add a 3-pointer early in the third quarter before cheering on her teammates most of the second half. Pistole added two early baskets in the third period as well to bring her total to 12.
Morgan Deweese and Saylor Hodges added four points apiece for Boyd, followed by Emma Rhonton and Ashley Kiefer with two points each.
Alli Howard led Centertown with six points. Rounding out the Lady Warrior scoring was Hope Valenta and Jesse Hughes with two points apiece and Katelyn Cooper and Kaylee McClure with one point each.
Also earning a win Monday night was the Irving College Lady Tigers, who dispatched the Morrison Lady Eagles 26-18 on their home court behind 14 points from Jordan Bess. Callie Cathcart and Cheslee Curtis added six points each for the Lady Tigers, who improved to 5-2.
Brooke Murphy scored 10 points as the Lady Eagles dropped to 1-6. Kayleen Lewandowski, Tevan Holder, Macy Harrell and Addyson Crouch scored two points each.


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