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Lady Eagles hang on to win championship
Winners of the Morrison Ruritan tournament, the Morrison Lady Eagles, are front row, from left, Chloe Nokes, Alexis Whipple (all-tournament), Lia Wright (MVP), Gabby Monzon (all-tournament), Lilly Cantrell, Lakelyn Simpson and Brielee Kelsey (all-tournament). Second row, Mika Vega, Alexis Cory, Jessica Alvarez, Jenna Newby and Brienne Kelsey. Third row, Marcie Pope, Caslen Ross, head coach Kyle Cannon, Cierrah Baker and Lakelyn Ross.
The Morrison Lady Eagle fans in attendance Saturday night could breathe a collective sigh of relief as Morrison’s 7-8 grade girls hung onto a 2-point lead to win the Morrison Ruritan Championship, 42-40, defeating Dibrell’s Lady Wildcats.Lady Eagle Alexis Whipple, an all-tournament team award winner, led the scoring drive for Morrison with a game-high 16 points.Leading, 32-23, after three quarters, Morrison left Dibrell hanging around a little too long. Dibrell powered back in the fourth quarter, tightening up the game to four points and then two, 40-38, as Kylie Young, Rhealee Johnson, both all-tournament team selections, and JuJu Pyburn took advantage of some Lady Eagle turnovers. Dibrell outscored Morrison 17-8 in fourth-quarter play.Timeouts were called, strategies discussed, but it was anybody’s ballgame with a 1:15 left.Then, with seconds remaining, Morrison’s Lia Wright, who was awarded tournament MVP, made a fast-break layup giving the Lady Eagles the fine edge it took to win as a last-ditch drive for Dibrell was unsuccessful at the buzzer.“It was a very exciting, hard-fought game,” said Morrison head coach Kyle Cannon “We still have a lot to work on.