Two teams that have quickly become a heated rivalry in the county seem to be the Lady Wildcats from Dibrell and the Lady Tigers from Irving College. These two met Tuesday night at Dibrell and the catfight was on.
Irving College took a commanding 20-10 lead at the half. The Lady Wildcats showed their claws in the third quarter and scratched their way back and claimed a one-point lead after three. The final quarter was a thrilling matchup and the Lady Wildcats escaped with a 37-36 win over the Lady Tigers.
Hannah Lee from Irving College led all scorers with a game-high 14 points. Lee connected three times from behind the arch for nine of her 14.
The first quarter ended in an 8-8 tie. The Lady Tiger defense sank its claws into the Lady Wildcats in the second. Calyn Damon was the only Lady Wildcat to score in the entire second period. She was hit on the way to the basket and sent to the free-throw line. She knocked down both for the only two points for Dibrell.
On the other end, Irving College fired from all areas on the court. Jillian Frankman and Lee opened up and combined for six points behind the arch. Emily Fults and Karissa Smartt got it done on the inside and at the half Irving College led 20-10.
After the break, Dibrell came out fired up and the Lady Wildcats unleashed a fury Irving College did not expect. Kylie Young led the Dibrell offense with eight points.
It did not come easy for Young and the Lady Tigers sent her to the free-throw line where she shot a perfect 6-of-6. Bailey Glenn added four points.
The Irving College offense could not find the range on the other end of the floor and struggled to find points. Smartt and Frankman combined inside for four points in the dismal five-point quarter. By the end of the third, Dibrell claimed a one-point lead, 26-25.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth battle for the lead as time ticked off the clock. Lee tried everything in her power to reclaim the lead. She pulled the trigger and hit two deep 3-pointers. Lee finished the fourth with eight points. Kenley Cathcart scored just outside the paint before time expired.
The Lady Wildcats shifted the focus to Rhealee Johnson after Young provided much of the offense in the previous quarter. Sadie Simmons also got an open look and added two more for Dibrell.
The final horn sounded and the Lady Wildcats prevailed and defeated the Lady Tigers by a final score of 37-36.
LADY WILDCAT SCORING – Kylie Young 11, Sadie Simmons 10, Calyn Damon 6, Rhealee Johnson 6, Bailey Glenn 4
LADY TIGER SCORING – Hannah Lee 14, Jillian Frankman 7, Karissa Smartt 7, Kenley Cathcart 4, Emily Fults 4