This past Tuesday, the Lady Rebels traveled to Dawson County to take on the Lady Tigers for the first round of region tournament. Fannin looked to redeem themselves from the last time they played Dawson and endured a 58-32 loss.
Right from tipoff, Fannin was determined to get a win. They started with great intensity that they kept throughout the game. Dawson started off with the ball were they quickly found Fannin’s defense waiting on them. The Rebels had a great defense that kept the Tigers from scoring for most of the first quarter. Rebel senior Maleah Stepp led her team in scoring for the night with sixteen points, twelve of them being from three point shots. Dawson began to get into their rhythm and add onto their score towards the end of the quarter. The Tigers managed to make their way two points behind the Rebels as they made a three point shot at the buzzer to claim a 15-14 lead.
The second quarter started off just as fast paced as the last. Dawson full court pressed the Rebels where they extended their lead. Lady Rebel post, Emily Beavers drew a foul from the block where she then went to the foul line and contributed one point to Fannin’s score. Fannin’s guards had good looks inside to post, Olivia Sisson, who added three points on the board with a jump shot and a free throw. Senior, Reagan Henderson, was aggressive downlow where she pushed her way through the defense and contributed four points to the Rebels score. Dawson was able to keep a small 33-28 lead over Fannin to go into halftime.
After a few minutes of back and forth in the third quarter, Fannin managed to get one point behind behind the Tigers as Morgan Holt pulled up for a three point shot to put Fannin behind 41-40. Holt was on fire above the key as she added eight points to the Rebel’s score for the night, six of them being from three point shots. Sophomore, Abby Ledford, also had some three point action as she made one to result in her fourteen points for Fannin. Becca Ledford showed off her hustle as she drove the middle of the lane, drew a foul, and tied the game 44-44. The freshman even made one of her foul shots to put the Rebels ahead 45-44 and contribute fifteen points overall to Fannin’s score. The Tigers quickly responded and made a basket to close out the third quarter with a 46-45 lead.
Each team was determined to finish the game with a win. The game continued to go back and forth as the teams were neck and neck. The Rebels fouled under the Tigers basket which resulted in a made foul shot to tie the game 47-47. Becca Ledford responded to this as she made both of her foul shots to take a 49-47 lead. The Tigers wasted no time to tie the game back up at 49-49 with a wide open layup. Dawson then continued to take a 51-49 lead as they pulled up for a jump shot. Abby Ledford got the ball right after to drive the lane and put the score at 52-51 as she drew a foul and tied the score 52-52 from the free throw line. The Tigers got the ball back to shoot a three point shot that would give them a 55-52 lead. Morgan Holt responded to this as as she put Fannin one point behind Dawson with two made free throws. Each team began to get into foul trouble as the end of the quarter drew near. Mackenzie Johnson and Olivia Sisson both had tremendous hustle until they both received their fifth foul and were removed from the game. Dawson also had two of their girls foul out around the same time who were then removed from the game. Before Sisson fouled out for Fannin, she drew a foul from the block where she made one shot and tied the game 55-55. Dawson then drove the basket to take back a 58-55 lead. Reagan Henderson added a made shot from the block to the mix to put Fannin back to being one point behind the Tigers. The trend continued as there was forty second left on the clock and Becca Ledford makes a foul shot, putting Fannin one point behind Dawson with a score of 60-59. The Lady Rebels continued to foul and let Dawson extend their lead until Ledford drew another foul and made both of her free throws to put Fannin behind 62-61. With just a few seconds left, the Lady Rebels make their last foul just for the Tigers to make both shots and close out the game with a score of 64-61.
Fannin played with great intensity and had hustle and heart throughout the entire game. Despite the tough loss, the Rebels saved one of their best games for their last. Fannin’s loss closed out their season, putting their overall record at 7-19 and their region record at 3-10.