Benton leads TCPS Lady Hawks to win over Basin
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Dec 05, 2013 | 447 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tennessee Christian Preparatory School Lady Hawks hosted the Copper Basin Lady Cougars Tuesday evening in the Hawk's Nest and secured a 56-41 win over the Lady Cougars.

The Lady Hawks came out hard and fast, attacking the basket and applying great pressure on defense. The Lady Hawks were able to secure the lead in the first quarter with a score of 17-12. The Lady Cougars fought back in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Hawks by one point but still trailed TCPS 28-22 at halftime.

As the third quarter began, it was clear the Lady Hawks had gotten their second wind, outscoring the Lady Cougars 14-3 and holding a 42-25 lead after three quarters. Copper Basin again rallied in the fourth, putting 16 points on the scoreboard to 14 for the Lady Hawks but could not overtake the winners.

Junior Neeley Benton led the Lady Hawks to victory with 19 points. Senior Karissa Armao added 12 points along with five rebounds and two steals. Senior Logan Hall scored six points and had five rebounds, while senior Natalie Calfee racked up five points and six rebounds. Freshmen Merritt Jenkins was a defensive machine, applying great pressure and creating multiple turnovers.

"We have worked extremely hard to turn up our level of play. These ladies have given up much of their time to be in the gym and tonight all that hard work paid off. We had a few mistakes tonight but nothing we can't fix. I am very proud of our girls and excited for the rest of the season," said coach Tawnie Locklear.

Leading scorers for the Lady Cougars were Lauren Brackett with 13 points and Scout Collins and Mira Stephens with nine points each.

The Lady Hawks are now 6-1 on the regular season. They travel to Oakwood on Monday to meet the Lady Owls.