A pair of losses by Marshall County High School and host Forrest in the semifinals of the Forrest Thanksgiving Tournament sets up the first match-up between the two county girls squads in a quarter century today in the consolation game at 4:00 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
The last meeting between the two schools was in the mid-eighties when a Wayne Aldridge coached Tigerette squad had their way with the Lady Rockets in a Manchester Christmas Tournament.
Before the Manchester game, the Marshall County teams played regularly in the sixties in the old 23rd District that included Cornersville, Petersburg, and the schools from Giles County.
It was the same story for both teams Friday night as they both went into a late game swoon and lost by double digits.
The Tigerettes (1-4), coming off their first win season versus Creekwood on Wednesday, led 22-17 at the half versus Loretto before going into a second half scoring drought that did them in 40-29.
The Lady Mustangs held Lewisburg to just one free throw in the third quarter and scored 10 points in the period to take a 27-23 lead into the final eight minutes where they continued their defensive mastery over the Tigerettes, limiting MCHS to a single Morgan Moyers fourth quarter field goal and four free throws.
Marina Harwell was held to just five first quarters points as Loretto's defensive game plan of denying Harwell the basketball worked in shutting down the Tigerettes' leading scorer.
Elizabeth Hemmen led the way for the Loretto, scoring 19 points on the night, Hayley Farrington netted 7, Becca Brodie and Kayla Santiago had five points apiece, and MaKenzie Childress scored four points for the Lady Mustangs.
It was just as painful for Forrest (2-2) in their semifinal match-up versus Lebanon as they squandered a ten-point third quarter lead over the Devilettes.
The Lady Rockets were subsequently blown out in the fourth quarter as Lebanon outscored the host squad 21-8 on just four field goals.
The Devilettes shot 13-22 from the free throw line in the final period and 18-30 overall to win going away 63-50.
Forrest turned the ball over 7 times in the final period.
Senior Marissa Jennings led the way for Lebanon with 25 points and talented sophomore guard Julia Fox added 14 points.
Hannah Phifer and Anna Curtner had 9 points each, Alyson Patton scored 5, Candace Daughrity and Megan Miller both netted 3 points, and Kim Rochester and Jillian Blanchett had two points apiece.
Lebanon (3-1) and Loretto (4-0) square off for the tournament title at 7:00 p.m.
On the boy's side, Forrest won their fourth straight game to begin the season in a mismatch over Murfreesboro Central Magnet School 77-10.
Eleven players notched points in the scoring column for Forrest, led by Mark Pope with 14, Tanner Bennett scored 11, Justin McCord 9, Tyler Rumley and Dane Leonard each scored 8, Zach Ray had 7, Colby Anglin 6, Dakota Zimmerman 5, Kyle Gugger 4, Corey Bishop 3, and Taylor Gentry ended up with 2 points.
Ryan McCabe had 4 points for Central Magnet, Hunter Dycus 3, Sam Smith 2, and Rolston Hall had one point.
Forrest plays Independence (3-0) at 5:30 p.m. in their final game of the tournament.