The Hancock County High School played host to the Claiborne High School Bulldogs Jan. 10 for a total of four basketball games. The first two were junior varsity games and Claiborne took both wins.
Following those games was the varsity girls game and it looked like the Lady Bulldogs were not going to be able to pull off a win. The visiting Lady Bulldogs scored only three points during the opening period and six during the second period. Behind 20-9 at the half, the coaching staff was most likely unprepared for what happened during the third period.
As if flipping a switch, the Lady Bulldogs began chipping away at the Lady Indians lead and after the third was completed the Lady Bulldogs had outscored the home team 15-5. The final period saw the Lady Bulldogs drop in 11 points and give up only seven points to shock the Lady Indians. The final score was 36-32.
The comeback was led by great second half defense and scoring from Marilyn Smith with 13, Cheyenne Tolliver with 10 and Kaylee Cox (#23) with six points. Kaylee Cox (#22) finished the game with four points and two others scored one point each: Abby Singleton and Emma Beason.
This was a perfect example to what teamwork and the right effort can get done as they played to win this game and refused to lose. It was the second win for the Lady Bulldogs in as many games. Coach Nathan Medlin was wondering what team would show up to play this night and he definitely received an answer from his team.
Katy Gibson and Marlie Anderson led the Lady Indians in scoring, both finishing with eight.
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