The Irving College Lady Tigers went out with a bang in their final home game and the final game at Sam Boyd Gymnasium. In front of a capacity crowd, the Lady Tigers made it a night to remember with many former Irving College players in attendance.
From the opening tip, the Lady Tigers dominated and defeated the Lady Wildcats, 58-24.
Lady Tiger Hannah Lee led all scorers with a game-high 22 points. Lee shot the lights out in her final home game and connected four times from behind the arch. Lee shot a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
It was an explosive first quarter for Irving College and the Lady Tiger offense fired on all cylinders. Lee led the Lady Tigers in the first with 10 of her 22. She connected twice from 3-point range.
Kenley Cathcart went hard at the Wildcat defense and she picked up a pair of baskets against the flat-footed defenders.
Dibrell was hit with a tidal wave of offense and had little to no time to react. Sadie Simmons was fouled twice on her way to the basket. She shot 1-of-4 from the free-throw line and at the end of the first quarter the Lady Tigers took a commanding 19-1 lead.
It didn’t get much easier for Dibrell the remaining three quarters. The Lady Tiger offense was hot and Amy Williamson came off the bench and picked up a quick pair of shots inside.
Lee and Cathcart each scored a pair of baskets and pushed the tempo against the Lady Wildcat defense. Ella Bond added two points just before the half.
The Lady Wildcats settled in and Kylie Young went to work against the Lady Tigers. Young scored twice against the aggressive defense of Irving College. Caylon Damon and Rhealee Johnson slipped free inside and were able to add to the Dibrell total. At the end of two, Dibrell trailed 33-10.
Irving College continued its intensity against the Lady Wildcat defense. Karissa Smartt worked the inside over and she dropped in a pair of shots and shot 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. Lee hit from long range for the third time and Jillian Frankman added two points underneath along with a free throw.
Dibrell never was able to cut into the large Irving College lead. Young went back on the attack and she added six points despite the Irving College defensive effort to stop her.
Johnson buried her only 3-pointer while Simmons hit inside and at the end of three Irving College was on top, 46-21.
The game was clearly in hand for the Lady Tigers and Irving College cruised through the fourth quarter and outscored Dibrell 12-3 in the fourth.
The Lady Tigers celebrated their final home game with a huge 58-24 win over the Lady Wildcats.
LADY TIGER SCORING – Hannah Lee 22, Kenley Cathcart 15, Karissa Smartt 8, Jillian Frankman 5, Amy Williamson 4, Ella Bond 2, Natalie Green 2
LADY WILDCAT SCORING – Kylie Young 12, Rhealee Johnson 5, Calyn Damon 3, Sadie Simmons 3, Megan Davis 1.