Lady Coyotes fall to Lady Cats in district tourney

Coyotes to play in regional next


Madziyonna Calloway puts up an off-balance shot against Clarksville on Thursday.

For one half of Thursday night’s game against Clarksville High School, the Lady Coyotes held their own. Against the top-seeded Lady Cats, the Coyotes took a 24-23 lead into halftime. It wasn’t enough in the second half, though, as the team fell 58-39 in the district semifinal contest.

The Cats jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter, but the Coyotes’ defense buckled down and outscored the Cats 9-1 for the rest of the quarter to draw even at 11 at the end of the quarter. Annaliyah Deal scored six of her eight points to lead the team in scoring.

A seesaw battle ensued in the second quarter as both squads claimed the lead, only to see the other team battle back and take its own lead. Clarksville’s Imari Berry scored eight of the Cats’ 12 points in the quarter, while the Coyotes’ 13 points were spread more evenly among Joanna Harris, Deal, Ariy Denson, and Madziyonna Calloway.

The Coyotes’ Joanna Harris was injured in the final seconds of the 2nd quarter when she took a hard screen and hit her head on the floor. She was down for several minutes. She did not return to the game.

In the second half, the Cats’ full-court press proved to be too much for the Coyotes. Defense pressure caused crucial turnovers by the Coyotes, leading to the Cats outscoring the Coyotes 16-9 in the third quarter. The Cats’ Berry took over, scoring nine points by herself.

The Cats continued their pressure defense into the 4th quarter. At the same time, the Coyotes went ice cold from the floor, scoring only six points in the quarter while the Cats scored 18.

Calloway led the Coyotes in scoring with 12 points. Denson added 10 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the 4th quarter.

Joanna Harris-3, Lyssandra Rodriguez-2, Annaliyah Deal-9, Ariy Denson-10, Madziyonna Calloway-12, Serena Bassham-3 (39)