Basketball is a game of runs, you must make them and withstand them.
Harrison used an 11-0 run in the first quarter behind 10 points from junior Audrey Jordan to lead Tucker 15-5 after a quarter of play. Tucker could never get going in the first half suffering from poor shooting and turnovers. Sydnee Wiggins’ three-pointer capped a 7-0 run giving the Lady Hoyas their biggest lead of the game 22-8 with 4:23 left in the second quarter. Tucker would fight back and close the half with a 6-0 spurt and trailed 22-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter behind seniors Bria Bass, Jermese Davis and Morgan Collins, Tucker pulled to within one point twice during a 13-3 run and trailed 29-28 with 2:30 remaining. Per the theme of this contest the Lady Hoyas withstood that run and finished the third quarter on a 6-0 run to lead 35-28.
In the final frame Harrison (24-5) held Tucker (22-7) to only seven points and never allowed the Lady Tigers closer than six points to prevail in the scrappy contest 43-35.
Audrey Jordan led Harrison with 15 points, Sydnee Wiggins tallied 11 while Raicheal Tringali chipped in 10.
“Audrey is a trooper, she’s a future college player. She can play outside she can play inside She is almost always good for a double-double but tonight she figured out that she was able to get around her defender early and kept taking the ball to the basket and getting good looks,” Harrison head coach Steve Lanahan said about the junior’s quick start.
Wiggins missed 12 games this season due to a left foot injury. In her first game back in the region tournament she suffered a right foot injury and is playing at less than full strength.
“It’s tough because we have to play (Wiggins) but we also have to rest her. She isn’t getting a lot of reps in practice, for the last week she has just been watching, walking around and shooting on the side,” Lanahan said. “When healthy she is good for about 20 points but we have her on the floor because of her basketball IQ. We don’t need her to score because we have other people that can do that but she is smart, can handle the ball, find the open man and knows how to pick off passes even at fifty percent.”
Bria Bass led Tucker with 13 points while Jermese Davis put in 10. Morgan Collins chipped in seven in the loss.