If you've had enough of the holidays and are looking for something to do, then you needn't look any further than the annual Warren Masonic Lodge Christmas Tournament at the Charlie Dalton Gym inside Warren County High School. The annual event brings in some of the local talent and also some of the talent from surrounding counties.
The first girls’ matchup of the night featured the Dibrell Lady Wildcats versus the Coalmont Lady Rebels. How much these two teams know about each other is hard to tell, but one thing is for sure; the Lady Rebels know a lot more about Dibrell now than they did on Friday night. The Lady Wildcats jumped out early and never looked back, defeating the Lady Rebels by a final score of 36-23.
Coalmont fought to cope with the tenacious Dibrell full-court pressure put on them from the opening tip. The Lady Wildcats had little trouble covering the larger high school floor, making it seem to shrink for the hard-pressed Lady Rebels who struggled to get the ball across mid-court.
The pressure caused Coalmont to turn the ball over on their first three possessions. Dibrell made them pay the price by converting the trio of turnovers into points, leaving Coalmont in an early hole they would never dig out of. Olivia Woodlee led the way in early scoring for the Lady Wildcats, bucketing all four of her points for the game in the opening quarter.
Coalmont remained frustrated for most of the opening period but finished with a flourish, notching an old-fashioned 3-point play to end the quarter. Despite their upbeat ending, the Lady Rebels trailed 14-5 after one.
Things didn’t get better as the Dibrell defense completely smothered Coalmont in the second frame, allowing no field goals the entire second quarter. Coalmont was able to avoid being skunked in the second when they were able to hit three attempts from the free-throw line. Dibrell’s defense put on a clinic before the half and extended their lead 18-8.
Keeping Coalmont within shouting distance as they went to half was the low offensive output by the Lady Wildcats who managed to only score four points themselves despite the wealth of turnovers they forced in the second. Bri Young and Grace Rains were the only two Lady Wildcats to draw iron in the second quarter. Bri Young led Dibrell with a game-high 10 points.
While it wasn’t a blowout going into the second half, the Lady Rebels spent a lot of energy trying to get the ball across mid-court in the first half and it showed in the third quarter. The Coalmont defense that held the Lady Wildcats to just four points in the second quarter was tired and the Lady Wildcats would expose them by again relentlessly pressuring the ball. Coalmont managed just two field goals in the third while the Lady Wildcats would break double digits with 10 points. Makenna Mason led the Lady Wildcats in the final period with five of those 10 points.
Coalmont came alive in the fourth quarter once Dibrell pulled back their pressing defense and was able to score 11 points. They were led by Bailee Sweeton who scored eight of her team-high 10 points in the final period.
The remainder of the tournament will appear later in the Wednesday edition of the Southern Standard.