Lady Mustangs run away with 8th grade title


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald R. W. Combs’ Sierra Campbell goes through the Viper defense for two.


R. W. Combs’ Chelsea Proffitt looks to pass out of the Viper defensive trap during the title game of the 8th grade county tourament.


Viper’s Sydnee Minks pulls up in the lane for a shot during the championship game of the 8th grade county tournament.


Viper’s Katie Dunnigan runs the offense for the Lady Hornets during the 8th grade county tournament.


R. W. Combs’ Courtney Hoskins leads the fast break during the title game of the 8th grade county tournament.


The 2016 Perry County tourament 8th grade champions, the R. W. Combs Lady Mustangs.


Last Monday, the R. W. Combs Lady Mustangs and the Viper Lady Hornets hit the hardwood in the title game of the 8th grade county tournament. The game was close for the most part, but a late charge by the Lady Mustangs allowed them to run away from the Lady Hornets and claim the title.

The Lady Mustangs defense forced the momentum to their side of the floor, and garnered them the 11-5 lead with two minutes remaining in the first period. A quick turnaround allowed Viper to draw within a bucket 30 seconds later. The quarter ended with R. W. Combs holding the 14-10 advantage.

By the midway point of the second quarter, R. W. Combs had managed to extend their lead to 20-12, leaving Viper looking for a way to turn things around again. Once again, the Lady Hornets scrapped their way back into contention.

With a minute remaining in the half, the Lady Hornets trailed 21-20. A late basket, however, sent the Lady Mustangs to the locker room leading 23-20.

R. W. Combs came out of the intermission ready to play, and quickly began to tack points onto their tally. On the other side of the floor, Viper struggled to find their offense.

The Lady Hornets did not get their first basket until the 1:32 mark, and by that time the Lady Mustangs had a 13 point lead (35-22). With one frame left to play, R. W. Combs held the 40-25 lead.

Viper put together their best offensive performance in the fourth period, but it would not be enough to stop R. W. Combs from claiming the title. The Lady Mustangs were able to hold on and win the title by the final count of 56-39.

R. W. Combs (56) Hoskins 17, Campbell 8, Fannin 2, Proffitt 15, Messer 6, Gibson 6, and Beverly 2.

Viper (39) Dunnigan 12, Minks 15, Brown 10 and Cook 2.

Tony McGuire can be reached via email at cpsports@gmail.com

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald R. W. Combs’ Sierra Campbell goes through the Viper defense for two.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0154-1.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald R. W. Combs’ Sierra Campbell goes through the Viper defense for two.

R. W. Combs’ Chelsea Proffitt looks to pass out of the Viper defensive trap during the title game of the 8th grade county tourament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0162.jpgR. W. Combs’ Chelsea Proffitt looks to pass out of the Viper defensive trap during the title game of the 8th grade county tourament.

Viper’s Sydnee Minks pulls up in the lane for a shot during the championship game of the 8th grade county tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0184-1.jpgViper’s Sydnee Minks pulls up in the lane for a shot during the championship game of the 8th grade county tournament.

Viper’s Katie Dunnigan runs the offense for the Lady Hornets during the 8th grade county tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0196.jpgViper’s Katie Dunnigan runs the offense for the Lady Hornets during the 8th grade county tournament.

R. W. Combs’ Courtney Hoskins leads the fast break during the title game of the 8th grade county tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0213.jpgR. W. Combs’ Courtney Hoskins leads the fast break during the title game of the 8th grade county tournament.

The 2016 Perry County tourament 8th grade champions, the R. W. Combs Lady Mustangs.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_thumbnail_IMG_0254.jpgThe 2016 Perry County tourament 8th grade champions, the R. W. Combs Lady Mustangs.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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