Fountain scores 15, TRM girls beat Booker T. Washington 45-15 in sub-regional Friday

Published 3:17 pm Saturday, February 10, 2024

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T.R. Miller’s Meg Fountain scored 15 points to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 45-15 victory over Booker T. Washington in a Class 4A Sub-Regional Feb. 9 in Brewton.

Tia Reed and Lyrick Hails contributed with eight points each, and Natasia Reed added seven points.

  1. Tatum scored seven points to lead BTW.

“They were playing a 1-2-2 (defense) in a tight zone, and we just had to get the right play to work for it,” TRM girls basketball coach Ron Jackson said about his offense early.

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The Lady Tigers led 6-1 after the first period, and extended their lead in the second.

During the second period, Fountain drained a jumper and a 3-pointer; and Serenity Mitchell added a field goal. Fountain added a 3-pointer and the Lady Tigers led 24-5 at the break.

Fountain added a 3-pointer, a field goal and two free throws; and Hails dunked in four free throws for the Lady Tigers in the third period. Fountain added a pair of free throws and the Lady Tigers led 35-9 going into the fourth period.

Jackson said the girls basically should’ve been driving and kicking the ball out.

“We had shooters in the corner, and we should’ve been working on that,” he said. “We’ve got to work on penetrating man help. We did get by them. Outside of that, we should’ve been driving and kicking.”

The Lady Tigers advance to the south regional, where they’ll play at Garrett Coliseum on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Tigers beat Jackson 42-40 to claim the Class 4A, Area 2 championship.

“The young ladies went out and played hard,” Jackson said. “We knew it was going to be a tough battle. Jackson has a great team. We inched it out.”

Inched it out indeed.

Late in the area title game, T.R. Miller went ahead 42-36 with more than 1 minute left in the contest.

JHS battled back to within two after converting an old-fashioned 3-point play with more than 30 seconds left.

After a jump ball with 18.8 seconds to go, and an out-of-bounds call with 11 seconds left, TRM took a timeout with over a second to go with JHS at the free throw line.

JHS made the first free throw, but the basket was waived off due to the referees not putting the ball in play, the TRM coach said.

“I told them we ain’t even set up, yet,” he said. “They had to shoot it over.”

JHS ended up missing both shots, and had a good try at the end.

“The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers laid in on the floor tonight,” Jackson said Wednesday. “They went out and played hard, and played tough. They fought the entire ball game. They played like a team. The hit free throws when they needed to, and they got rebounds when they needed to.”