Kaleigh Troxell had a game-high 15 points to lead Memorial. Roy added 12.
Hawkins and Kyeria Hannah each posted 10 points for the SaberCats. Tucker and Cyndi Campbell chipped in with 8.
“I think right now, as individuals, they are putting a lot of pressure on themselves,” Kannady-Sayes said. “They know what they want to do, but they haven’t been in that situation before. So they are kind of antsy, and that’s the way they played today. I think in the fourth quarter, when the game is on the line, I think that is when that pressure really caves in. And for a 14-, 16-year-old kid, it seems like the whole world is crashing in. That’s what they feel like right now.”
After an early burst to start the game, the SaberCats became frazzled on both ends of the floor. The Bulldogs’ defense had a lot to do with it as seemingly every loose ball found its way into Memorial’s hands.
Yet, the ‘Cats led 22-19 at halftime.
Memorial took its first lead of the afternoon when Troxell drained a 3-pointer with 6:50 left in the fourth. After a couple of Southmoore turnovers in a row, the Bulldogs led by five and the ‘Cats were coming apart.
Troxell did a good job of taking Tucker out of the game. She was regulated to deep 3-point attempts that were off the mark.
Hannah kept the ‘Cats close and she was able to knock down a couple of mid-range jumpers and haul in rebounds.
But it was not enough to overcome the Bulldogs relentless efficiency.
“I really don’t think we came into the game as upset as we should have been,” Tucker said. “We live, we learn and we will go onto the next game, hopefully, remembering how this felt.”
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