It took nearly a week to get there and so many obstacles to overcome, but the Caldwell County Lady Tigers have their season sweep of Hopkins County Central with a Monday night victory at 47-37 on the road to start a four-game week off strong.
The Lady Tigers would win the season series 2-0 with their District 7 rivals, and they did it in a most unfamiliar venue at South Hopkins Middle School.
With rain still impacting the arena and the roof at Mortons Gap, the two teams went old school to play at the old South Hopkins High School gymnasium that was once home to the Tomcats, until the mid 1990s. Lucy Goffinet would be the only double-digit scorer that Caldwell County (12-11) needed to get back over the .500 mark on the season.
Karsyn Parkers came up with 14 rebounds and six points, Majah Hollowell added nine points, Morgan McDaniels scored nine, Jacey Jaggers added eight and Bella McConnell chipped in five.
Hopkins County Central (6-14, 2-4) would get nine points from Hallie Hollis and seven from Brianna Fritz, as no one reached double figures.
"It's time to get aggressive," Lady Tiger head coach Chuck Mitchell said. "We're coming down to the home stretch. Leave it all out on the floor is what we said before we left the locker room and everybody contributed. I can't tell you how proud I am, we have four games this week, I'm very excited. We had a very good walk-through yesterday and they answered the call tonight.
"We want to do something that they haven't done in the last few weeks and that's play some full-court man to man and they got after it, they answered."
In a game, where no one truly shined offensively, it was Parker's notable rebounding performance making headlines.
With the game resuming at 5-2 in Hopkins County Central's lead from last week at Mortons Gap, the Lady Storm would keep their three-point lead at 11-8, after the first quarter but the Lady Tigers had their best quarter of the night in the second frame with a 16-7 run to take a 24-18 halftime lead.
Caldwell County never trailed again, and led by as many as 11 points in the second half despite a low-scoring third frame at 7-7 to take a 31-25 edge into the fourth. Hopkins County Central never got closer than three points in the fourth before Caldwell County went back up double digits late for a 16-12 final frame.
Their next meeting will be their 60th all-time meeting, coming in just over a week when the District 7 Tournament gets underway.
Tigers scrap in District 7 W over Storm
The Caldwell County Tigers (10-14) never got a chance to even take the floor against Hopkins County Central (7-17) last Tuesday at Mortons Gap, with the girls game being postponed in the first quarter after the wet floor spots became impossible to play with, but the Tigers looked good a week later in the makeup date at a different venue with a 66-57 win over the Storm, making nearly every one of their 19 free throw attempts in the final quarter to sweep the season series with their District 7 foe at South Hopkins Middle School on Monday.
It wasn't as easy as Caldwell's 84-54 win against the Storm back in January at the CAB, but this one will prepare them for what is to come in the District 7 Tournament.
JaMarius Blaine went off for 17 points with a near-perfect free throw night, Cayden Fraliex scored 13 and Adarius Riley added 12 points to become the third Tiger in double figures on the night.
Cole Smiley chipped in nine points and T.J Ray had five.
John Miller led the Storm with a game-high 20 points, with Sam Almon scoring 12.
The Tigers (3-2 in District 7) snapped a five-game losing skid and would return home to Princeton for a game against Crittenden County at Butler Gymnasium.
The Tigers would play their last road game of the regular season.
Caldwell County took a gaudy 34 free throws in the contest.
The Tigers led 13-9 after eight minutes, but Hopkins County Central would outscore them 20-15 in the second quarter to take a one-point halftime lead at 29-28.
The Tigers regained the lead for good in the third quarter with a 13-8 frame to take a two-possession lead to the fourth, where the two teams would combine for 45 points (Caldwell scoring 25 of them) in the final eight minutes.
Caldwell County would go on to hand the Storm their fourth loss in their last 11 games.
The Tigers will close out the regular season now with five straight home games, with the final four at the CAB in Princeton.