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Lady Tigers Win TCC Thriller Over Novinger
By David Sharp
Caroline Slavin sank a clutch jump shot from the elbow with 1.7 seconds remaining in the 2008 Brashear Girls’ Homecoming Game, lifting the Lady Tigers over the .500 mark with a 50-48 win over Novinger. The game was close most of the way.
Brashear (11-10, 4-3 in the Tri-County Conference) opened a 13-6 lead after one period of play. Katelyn Brawner kept the Lady Wildcats in the game scoring all six Novinger points in the first quarter.
Novinger roared back with a 20 point second quarter, sending the teams to the dressing room knotted at 26 all. Defensive adjustments helped keep Brawner in check during the third quarter. Three other Lady Wildcats stepped up and nearly matched five Lady Tigers in the scoring column.
Brashear took a 38-37 lead to the fourth quarter. Returning all conference and all-district senior Katelyn Brawner scored all but two of Novinger’s fourth quarter points including a three point shot. Brawner scored a game high 22 Lady Wildcat points.
Brashear had good balanced scoring. Hailee Kelsey led the Lady Tigers with 16 points. Jessi Hill scored 12 points. Caroline Slavin was in double figures with ten points, six coming in the fourth quarter.
Stephanie Elsea scored six Brashear points. Emily Ladwig scored four points and Abby McKim added two. Brashear was 4-6 from the free throw line.
Kelsey Potter was in double figures for Novinger with 12 points. The Lady Wildcats connected on four three pointers compared to a pair of Brashear home run balls. Novinger went 2-4 from the charity stripe.
Brashear hosts North Shelby on February 19 for the Tiger Senior Night. The Tigers wrap up their regular season at Macon County on Friday, February 22.
Fourth seeded Brashear and fifth seeded Novinger will meet again at Linn County in the first round of Class 1 District 6 play at 5:30PM on Monday, February 25.