By EDDY GIFFORD
The Dade County High School Lady Wolverine basketball team traveled to Fannin County on Tuesday, Feb. 8 to face the Lady Rebels.
DCHS held their own early in a low scoring game that was tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Wolverines were playing without Stella Henry who was out due to an injury in the Chattooga County game on Saturday.
Dade struggled to score all night as their shots just would not fall and were outscored in the second quarter 13-4 and trailed at the end of the first half, 22-13.
Just when you think it could not get any worse it did as the Lady Wolverines managed just three third quarter points. The good news was the defense stepped up and held the Lady Rebels to just six points. Heading into the fourth quarter DCHS was down 28-16.
The fourth quarter got a little better for Dade as they managed six points, but Fannin managed to score 11 and came away with a 39-22 win over the Lady Wolverines.
Brooklyn Konrad led the Lady Wolverines with eight points.
Dade County 09 04 03 06 22
Fannin County 09 13 06 11 39
Olivia Tierce 3, Emma Heard 4, Abby Dwyer, Ali Thompson 6, Kristen Fowler 1, Andi Norwood, Brooklyn Konrad 8, Kami Counts.
On Friday, the Lady Wolverines hosted the Chattooga County Lady Indians in a battle for second place in Region 7-AA and a first-round bye in the upcoming region tournament.
Dade got off to a good start, outscoring the visiting Lady Indians 15-11 in the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the two teams swap baskets, scoring 12 points each, giving the Lady Wolverines a four-point half-time lead, 27-23.
The toe-to-toe battled continued in the third quarter, but DCHS was able to add to their lead and heading into the fourth quarter they were up 39-31 and looking to claim that second seed in the tournament.
Unfortunately for the Lady Wolverines that was not going to happen. The Lady Indians rallied in the fourth quarter as Dade went ice-cold shooting the ball.
When the game ended Chattooga had outscored the Lady Wolverines 16-5 in the fourth quarter and pulled out a big 47-44 win.
Henry led the Lady Wolverines with 15 points while Kami Counts finished with 10.
Chattooga County 15 12 12 05 44
Dade County 11 12 08 16 47
Olivia Tierce, Stella Henry 15, Emma Heard 4, Abby Dwyer, Ali Thompson 6, Kristen Fowler 3, Andi Norwood, Brooklyn Konrad 6, Kaitlyn Stinnett, Kami Counts 10.
With the loss to Chattooga the Lady Wolverines will be the third seed in the Region 7-AA Tournament this week at Fannin County High School and faced the winner of the Model-Coosa game on Tuesday.
The Lady Wolverines need to win that game to advance to the state tournament that starts next week. With a win the team would advance and face Chattooga County for the third time in just over a week on Thursday at 4 p.m.
The top two teams coming out of the region tournament will host first round state tournament games while the third and fourth place teams will travel for their first-round games.
Good luck to the Lady Wolverines on their quest for a state tournament spot.