Rebelettes place fourth, advance to regionals
From the seventh seed to finishing fourth in the District 8-AAA tournament, the Rebelettes defied the odds regardless of their recent loss on Monday night.
After defeating the number two seeded Lawrence County Lady Wildcats last week, then losing in the semifinals to the eventual champions Shelbyville Central Eaglettes, the Rebelettes played in the district tournament’s consolation game Monday night.
Despite a late game push, the Rebelettes lost to the Lincoln County Lady Falcons 52-42.
A slow start would eventually doom the Rebelettes chances of a victory after only scoring six points in each of the first three quarters of play.
Not going down without a fight, senior Danielle Jordan did her best to keep the Rebelettes competitive.
At the halfway mark the Rebelettes trailed 18-12. Jordan scored eight of the Rebelettes 12 points in the first half.
Jordan was only able to score two points in the third quarter and the Rebelettes defense slipped allowing 14 points, extending the deficit into double digits 32-18.
Entering the fourth and final quarter trailing by 14 points, the Rebelettes found some footing offensively and turned in their best quarter of the game.
After scoring just 18 total points through three quarters, the Rebelettes exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Jordan had a lot to do with the Rebelettes offensive success, scoring 12 more points in the fourth quarter.
Rebel senior and All-District 8-AAA player Danielle Jordan drives the lane and is unfazed by the collision under the basket, as she pulls up for a shot.
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Senior Kelly Myers and freshman Sydney Ingle each hit three pointers in the final quarter.
Fellow senior Katie Hood gave her best efforts as well, scoring four points in the fourth.
Unfortunately, the Rebelettes couldn’t capitalize off the success, allowing 20 points from the Lady Falcons.
As the buzzer sounded the scoreboard read Lincoln County 52, Franklin County 42.
The 42-point performance was the Rebelettes best offensive showing against Lincoln County all season.
Jordan led the game with 22 total points. Hood finished with nine points, and Kelly Myers finished third on the team with six points.
A thousand-point career scorer at Franklin County, Jordan was the only player named to the All-District team from the Rebelettes.
Although the Rebelettes lost their season still has life. By winning over Lawrence County in the first round, the Rebelettes ensured themselves a trip to the Region 4-AAA Tournament.
If the Rebelettes want to continue their season, they will have to once again knock off a top seed.
Tonight the Rebelettes travel to Murfreesboro to take on the number one seeded Blackman Lady Blaze.
Franklin County’s Rebelettes will have their hands full, as the Lady Blaze are currently ranked second in the state.
Blackman finished the year undefeated in the state of Tennessee. With an overall record of 27-1, the Lady Blaze only loss came to a team out of Missouri during a tournament in Florida.
Loaded with talent, the Lady Blaze have a junior guard that the Rebelettes will have to focus on locking down, and current University of Tennessee commit Meme Jackson.
A win will be an upset the entire state will talk about, while a loss will end the Rebelettes’ season.
It’s win or go home situation tonight in Murfreesboro, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. at Blackman High School.