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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Jr Lady Tigers: They’ve Only Just Begun

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To wrap up their basketball season, the #1 seeded Mansfield Jr Lady Tigers took on the #2 seeded Cedarville Lady Pirates in the championship round of the Jr District Tournament. There was a reason for both of these squads being in the final round so each team knew this wasn’t going to be an easy win. Cedarville ended the first quarter with the lead 11-6 but by halftime, it was the Lady Tigers who had taken over 17-15. Although the Lady Pirates didn’t make it easy for Mansfield, in the end, it was the Lady Tigers who were victorious 37-31 taking the championship title of District.

“Upon reflection of this unforgettable season, I would like to personally thank each and every person who supported the Jr Lady Tigers this basketball season,” expressed coach, Joshua Bryan. “While in Lincoln on Saturday for District, we had a lot of support from the Red Tiger community. Your cheers and encouragement helped propel the Lady Tigers on to something that hasn’t been accomplished in well over a decade; winning both the conference plaque and district tournament plaque!”

The Jr Lady Tigers ended the 2019-2020 basketball season with a total play record of 20-3. In the season finale, Skylynn Harris and Natalie Allison led with nine points apiece followed by Alyson Edwards with eight, Seven Sanderson with five, Harlie Fuller with four, and Kynslee Ward with two. “The junior high Lady Tigers had a season that many will never forget. They accomplished a goal we set back in November to become both district and conference champions. Anything less would have been unacceptable in the eyes of the junior Lady Tigers.”

“They maintained their focus for the entire season and accomplished this goal. We hit a couple of bumps along the way and instead of throwing in the towel, we grew from every disappointment. I’m very proud of the grit, determination, and especially the teamwork they displayed in their games this season. Lady Tiger basketball is beginning to be placed back on the map, and our junior high Lady Tigers made a big push in the right direction this season to make us known once more. With a great season comes outstanding individual achievements that helped propel the Lady Tigers towards a championship.”

“Freshman Natalie Allison won the Lacey Pollard MVP Award for her outstanding performance that helped her team win the Arvest Bank Tournament in Waldron. Freshman Skylynn Harris set the school record for assist in a season with 59 and tied the record for most made 3-pointers in a season with 25. Freshman Brooklyn Adams set the school record for charges taken in a season with six. Eighth-grader Kynslee Ward set/broke multiple school records this season: steals in a game with 14, steals in a season with 124, deflections in a game with 16, and deflections in a season with 125.”

“And eighth-grader Allison Edwards had 3 double-double performances this season in points and rebounds. We had five different players score over 120 points this season and many more come in second to already set records for our school district. The great team chemistry along with performances like these, makes winning become second nature. I’m very proud of my Jr Lady Tigers and cannot wait for next season!”

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