In SOC division four action the New Boston Lady Tigers topped the Clay Lady Panthers 52 to 45.
“I knew it was going to be an up and down battle, Clay has a good program and a good team,” said Lady Tiger Coach Kayla Wiley. “Whichever team played the transition defense the best was going to win.”
“It’s always a battle when we play New Boston,” Coach Scott Cayton of the Lady Panthers states. “Coach Wiley has a good team, they play hard.”
With only one point separating the teams at half time, and with Clay pulling within two points with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter, the back and forth clash looked to be anyone’s game. But with two minutes left, New Boston dug down deep and pulled away for the victory, winning by seven.
With a double-double, scoring 23 points, bringing down 17 rebounds, and adding five assists, Junior Ali Hamilton led the Lady Tigers to Victory. Junior Mariah Buckley added 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists and Freshman Lexus Oiler added 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists for the Lady Tigers win.
“I really want to comment on Kaylee Stone and Mariah Buckley who did a great job defending Clay’s best players,” Coach Wiley praised.
For the Clay Lady Panthers, Sophomore Jensen Warnock led her team with 13 points. Sophomore Cam DeLotell scored eight points and freshman Lauren Campbell scored six points in the Lady Panthers loss.
“Tonight came down to rebounding,” said Lady Panthers’ Coach Cayton. “We gave up too many second shots and points off the second shots.”
Monday night, the New Boston Lady Tigers travel to Symmes Valley to take on the Lady Vikings while the Clay Lady Panthers take on the Northwest Lady Mohawks at home.
“It was a good all-around team effort,” said Lady Tigers’ Coach Wiley. “That’s what I wanted, and that’s what I got.”
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New Boston: Hamilton – 23, Buckley – 15, L. Oiler – 10, Hickman – 2, S. Oiler – 2
Clay: Warnock – 13, DeLotell – 8, Campbell – 6, Artis – 5, Osborn – 5, Gilliland – 4, Balestra – 2, Warnock – 2