Lady Cougars finish third in region, travel for first state tourney game

Published 4:56 pm Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mikey Harrell hit a free throw with just 1.4 seconds remaining in Friday night’s region tournament consolation game to seal the victory for the Grace Christian Academy Lady Cougars over the Southwest Georgia Academy Lady Warriors. Harrell went to the line with the game tied at 37. She missed the first off her two free throws, but made the second to put her team ahead 38-37. With the victory the Lady Cougars clinched third place in the GISA region 3-AA tournament.

“We always have games like this against Southwest Georgia Academy,” Grace Christian Academy Head Coach Erwin Harrell said. “They always come right down to the wire.”

The Lady Cougars started off the region tournament with a 40-32 loss to the Georgia Christian Lady Generals. They were led in the game by Perra Harrell, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

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Rounding out the Lady Cats scoring column against the Lady Generals were Kaitlyn Holcombe with eight points, Lindsey Duke with six and Kelsey Harrell with two.

The Lady Cougars featured a balanced scoring attack in their victory over the Lady Warriors. Mikey led the scoring attack with 11 points including her game winning free throw. She was followed by Perra with nine, Duke with eight, Kelsey with seven and Addie Elkins with two. Perra Harrell also had nine rebounds in the game to lead the Lady Cougars.

“The further you go in the state tournament the tougher the competition gets,” Coach Harrell said. “We just need to keep playing hard and hope some breaks continue to go our way.”

As the third place team from GISA region 3-AA, the Lady Cougars traveled to Jackson County High School in Jefferson Tuesday where they met the Oak Mountain Academy Lady Warriors of Carrollton the number two seed from region 1-AA.

The winner of the game between Grace Academy and Oak Mountain will play the winner of the game between Monsignor Donovan High School of Athens, the number one seed from Region 4-AA, and David Emmanuel Academy of Stillore, the number four seed in Region 2-AA, Friday, Feb. 26, in Jefferson.