Lady Indians area champs
E. Limestone beats Ardmore for 3rd time
By Ashley Hargrove
HARVEST — East Limestone High’s Lady Indians figured that if they wanted to win the Class 4A, Area 14 tournament, the path would have to go through cross-county rival Ardmore.
It did, but East Limestone defeated the Lady Tigers 58-46 in Saturday night’s finals.
“Ardmore always brings a crowd with them everywhere they go,” East Limestone head coach Brian Wagnon said. “We knew they would be rowdy and that it was going to be tough fight.”
This marked East Limestone’s third win over Ardmore in three tries, but the Lady Tigers made it a closer fight this time. East Limestone won the two previous meetings by 24 and 27 points.
Both teams advance to Thursday night’s sub-regional round. East Limestone (22-6) will host the loser of Monday’s Area 15 championship game between Lawrence County and East Lawrence. Ardmore (14-13) will visit the winner.
On Saturday, Ardmore led 10-5 late in the first quarter before East Limestone climbed back.
The Lady Indians’ Kenesha Pride made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 10-8 by the end of the first quarter. Pride then made two free throws at the beginning of the second quarter to tie it at 10.
Five lead changes later, the Lady Indians began pulling away and led 30-23 at the half.
“Free throws are something we have really been focusing on,” Wagnon said.
“After the first part of the season we were shooting 45 percent. Since Christmas we have been shooting around 80 percent.
“I’ve really been stressing this to our girls, and it’s something they have been working hard on.”
Jennifer Mills’ layup at the beginning of the third quarter pulled Ardmore to within five at 30-25, but East Limestone eventually built a 13-point lead in the period. From there, the Lady Indians led comfortably the rest of the way.
Danielle Jefferson led East Limestone with 16 points and five rebounds. Emily Brackeen followed with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Moore added 11 points and five rebounds. Raveen Pride made six
Mills led Ardmore with 14 points, and Brittany Miles added nine.
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