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Katy Smiley brings the ball up the court during the Lady Tigers’ action during The Murray Bank Hardwood Classic.

The Caldwell County Lady Tigers finished the Murray Bank Hardwood Classic with a split decision on Thursday in Calloway County at the Jeffrey Gymnasium. Basketball teams from around the area got together to kick the holiday off with a full day of basketball action.

The Lady Tigers picked up their first win of the season in the opening round against the Mayfield Lady Cardinals, 60-53, in overtime. Caldwell County led for most of the event, with the Lady Tigers ahead 23-17 after the first quarter, and 33-29 at half time.

Mayfield managed to sneak the lead half way through the fourth quarter, but Katy Smiley knocked down both free throws to tie the game 48-48 with just under 3 minutes left to play. Both teams ramped up defense, leaving the game stalled 48-48 pushing it into overtime.

Freshman Brylee Butts stacked up 5 using a big 3-pointer and unguarded lay up to give Caldwell the final push in overtime. Mayfield’s Lexi Feagin made things a little tighter when she answered back with a 3 of her own moments later, making it a 55-53 ball game. With the Lady Cardinals in foul trouble and using fouls to stop the clock, Caldwell added 7 more to pull off their first win of the season 60-53. Mayfield is now (0-5).

Paris Gray, who hit a season high 26 points, was 8-for-9 from the line. Gray also netted 9 boards, falling just short of a double, double. The Lady Tigers shot 12-for-20 from the line overall. Butts broke double digits adding 13 points to the books, while Smiley cleared 11 points and 7 rebounds. AJ Hollowell rounded out 7 points and 9 rebounds for the Lady Tigers as well.

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Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, the second game didn’t quite turn out like the first. Matched against the hosting Calloway County Lady Lakers, Caldwell got off to a rough start that they never fully recovered resulting in a 72-56 loss to close out the tournament.

The Lady Tigers trailed 23-16 after the first frame, but that quickly deteriorated into a 43-26 gap by half time. At one point in the first half, Calloway led by as much as 21.

Back from the half, AJ Hollowell helped the Lady Tigers to get within 10 late in the third quarter. It didn’t last long, as the Lady Tigers seemed to be fatigued from the extra long Mayfield match earlier.

Only heading to the line twice the entire game, it wasn’t free throws that helped the Lady Lakers, it was Saylor Lowe’s jumper. She shot 4-for-5 from outside the arc. Overall Calloway was 11-for-23 from 3-point range and shot 45% on overall field goals compared to Caldwell who was only 6-for-13 from 3 point range and 44% overall.

The Lady Tigers added 18 points from the free throw line with Hollowell shooting 100% from the line, while the team was still at an impressive 18-for-25.

Hollowell and Gray led the Lady Tigers with 18 points each. Butts claimed double digits with 10.