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Lady Eagles' season ends with district tournament loss

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POYEN -- Cutter Morning Star's top scorer in the second half of the season was kept scoreless Monday afternoon in the opening round of the 2A-7 West district tournament as Foreman rolled to a 51-30 victory at the Jerry and Ouida Newton Arena.

Loke Miller, who has led the Lady Eagles in scoring since Christmas break, was 0-for-16 from the field Monday as Foreman's defense kept the senior from putting points on the board.

"I think she had some good looks," said Cutter Morning Star head coach Brittany Senn. "She had some fast break opportunities. I think she might have been trying too hard. When you keep missing and missing, it gets in your head, and it starts to take a toll on you."

The Lady Eagles (12-14) had a resurgence in the final eight minutes after trailing 38-23 after three quarters. Cutter Morning Star opened the final frame on a 7-2 run to cut the Lady Gators' (6-14) lead to 10, 40-30, with 4:42 remaining.

"She had a rough first half," Senn said of leading scorer Madison Dixon. "We kind of got together at halftime and talked. She came out the second half and did much better. She was wanting to fight and try to get that win. She didn't want to be done, so I'm proud of her second half."

The Lady Eagles hit a scoring drought for the remainder of the game as Foreman scored 11 more to secure the win.

"We had a long season, sitting in the seventh seed going into the district tournament," said Foreman head coach Lacey Hall. "We've had a good past couple of weeks though, so we wanted to take advantage of that.

"That was the biggest thing. We played well last week and wanted to keep it rolling, peak at the right time. We got that into our girls brains, and that was our overall goal right now."

Foreman took control of the game early, rolling to a 6-0 lead in the opening 2:35 before the Lady Eagles could get on the board 40 seconds later, quickly cutting the deficit to 6-4 with C.J. Burks getting the putback on a Miller 3-point attempt with 4:20 to go.

Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, it was the last scoring the team had until the second quarter as Foreman closed out the period on a 5-0 run.

Foreman opened up the second frame hot, using a 6-2 run to stretch its lead to 17-6 with 5:43 to go. Cutter Morning Star cut the spread to nine with 4:48 to go, but the Lady Gators stretched the lead out to 11 with 1:43 remaining, 21-10.

The Lady Eagles scored just one more point in the quarter as Foreman added four to take a 25-11 lead into the locker room.

Cutter Morning Star cut the deficit early in the second half on a 9-4 run for a 27-17 hole with 3:59 remaining. Foreman stretched its advantage to 38-23 on a 11-6 run to close out the third.

"We did not play well at all," said Cutter Morning Star head coach Brittany Senn. "We played terrible. We turned the ball over. We got outrebounded. We shot the ball poorly, which doesn't help. We missed a ton of easy box shots as well."

Dixon paced the Lady Eagles with 15 points, and Kara Kinkaid, a 5-11 sophomore, added eight.

Makiya Walker led all scorers with 16 points, Kadi Downs adding 10 and Hannah Gauldin nine.

"We're young," Hall said, noting Walker is but a freshman. "My No. 2 guard is out right now, so my No. 3 (guard) is getting to play a lot of minutes. She's holding it up for us.

"My young ones that are coming in and subbing have done a good job. They're finally starting to learn. I was sick last year -- May, June and July -- so we've had a slow start to the year. I didn't get to work with them in the summer, but hopefully we can come on and do something with it."

Foreman will face Murfreesboro today at 4:30 p.m. in Poyen.

Sports on 02/13/2018

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