Finally the Claiborne Lady Bulldogs made their first appearance of 2016-17 at home. The game was against the Hancock Lady Indians December 2. The Lady Bulldogs had been playing in pre-season tournaments and on the road but the Lady Bulldogs fans were able to see them play on their own court. Coming into town as their opponent was the Lady Indians who were talented and ready for the challenge.
The Lady Indians jumped ahead and despite withstanding a furious second half comeback attempt by the home team secured the victory 49-47.
New head coach Nathan Medlin had his team looking a little more polished than in past years to the delight of the home team fans. The Lady Bulldogs didn’t struggle much during the first period but they were outplayed by the Lady Indians 18-6. The visiting team had it working on both ends of the field.
Claiborne turned the tables during period number two as they placed 17 points on the board and gave up only seven.
Coming out of the halftime break, Claiborne placed more points on the board than did Hancock at 10-7 but during the final period Hancock was able to score more than Claiborne by two points and those points were the difference in the game as the Lady Indians loaded the bus with a 49-47 win.
Leading the visiting team in scoring was August Baker with 13 points.
Abby Singleton shined on offense with Marilyn Smith. The two scored 13 and 10 points respectively. Cheyenne Tolliver helped do the hard, dirty work in the paint and finished with eight points. Jaden Thompson scored five and the two Kaylee Cox’s combined for seven points. Abby Ferguson and Emma Beason rounded out the scoring with two points each.
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