“We played them on [the previous] Saturday and beat them by almost 30 points,” said Mitch Cupples, head coach of the Lady Mavs. “We got a degree of confidence and I think that helped.”
The Lady Mavs took a 13-7 lead in the first quarter on the scoring of Emily Mustard, Lydia Meldrum, Shelby Kelly, and Kylee Alvis. They built their lead to 24-9 at the half as their defense held the Lady Bobcats to a single field goal in the second quarter.
Oliver Springs bounced back offensively somewhat in the third quarter, but Anderson County managed to extend its lead to 38-18 at the end of three quarters. The Lady Bobcats cut into the lead in the fourth quarter, but fell short of a comeback.
Alvis led Anderson County with 13 points while Mustard added 11 in the win.
AC 13 11 14 6 44
OS 7 2 9 11 29
AC - Kylee Alvis (13), Emily Mustard (11), Lydia Meldrum (9), Jaylynn Bullock (6), Shelby Kelly (3), Rowan Smith (2)
OS - Emily Bias (15), Christen Chastin (6), Taylor Jones (2), Lakin Yates (2), Natalie Elliott (2), Molly Duggins (2)
The Lady Mavs dropped a heartbreaker to visiting district rival Scott on Friday night by a score of 27-24.
Anderson County took a 7-5 lead in the first quarter on the strength of a pair of 3-pointers by Meldrum as low scoring would become the theme of the game.
The second quarter was more of the same, or less, as the Lady Mavs managed only five points on another 3-pointer by Meldrum and a basket by Mustard. On the bright side, they held the Lady Highlanders to only four points to lead 12-9 at the half.
Both teams saw a veritable offensive explosion in the third quarter as each scored nine points to make it a 21-18 Anderson County led after three quarters.
The game was decided in the fourth quarter as the Lady Mavs were held to only three points, all from the free-throw line. The Lady Highlanders nailed a pair of 3-pointers and made three free throws of their own to take the comeback win.
“Both teams just shot the ball terribly,” Cupples said. “We were eight of 36 and they were seven of 40 from the field. They didn’t score in the paint all night. They hit five 3’s and we hit three. We just didn’t make the shots. We got open looks all night but just couldn’t score.”
Meldrum led all scorers with 11 points.
The Lady Mavs (5-6, 2-3 in district play) return to action when they visit district rival Halls on Friday. They travel to region rival Gibbs on Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. for both games.
SHS 5 4 9 9 27
AC 7 5 9 3 24
Scott - Zoey Terry (6), Julie Lewallen (6), Brittany Morrow (5), Jalin Young (3), Julie Lawson (3), Rachel Barrett (2), Alaina Duncan (2)
AC - Lydia Meldrum (11), Shelby Kelly (5), Emily Mustard (4), Kylee Alvis (2), Jaylynn Bullock (2)