SMITHLAND — Caldwell County had 40-37 lead with 53 seconds left in its Second Region All “A” Classic semifinal game against Lyon County, but Lady Lyon Rose Smith scored the last four points of the game herself to give her team a 41-40 win.
Lyon County (3-1) will play Critteden County (5-0) in the Classic’s regional final at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) at Livingston Central High School.
Both teams started the game shooting poorly, as Lyon County got out to a quick 5-0 lead and extended that to a 10-3 lead over the Lady Tigers (1-2) late in the first quarter.
Neither team found the basket easily in the second period, with Caldwell County narrowing the gap by outscoring the Lady Lyons 6-3 in that quarter and trailing 13-11 at the half.
Lyon County pushed out to a 13-5 lead early in the second quarter, but a basket from senior Majah Hollowell, two free throws by eighth-grader Katy Smiley and a jumper by junior Parris Gray cut the halftime deficit to two points. At the start of the third quarter, Lyon County again pushed its lead, getting out to a 19-11 advantage, before the Lady Tigers scored eight straight points to tie the game.
A jumper by Smiley, a three-pointer by senior Jacey Jaggers, a free throw and a breakaway layup by Hollowell knotted the game at 19-19 with 2:34 left in the period.
The teams traded scores for the rest of the quarter, but a Jaggers three with three seconds left in the period gave CCHS a 26-25 lead.
A layup by Smiley gave the Lady Tigers a 28-25 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the largest lead that Caldwell County would have. Lyon County came back, taking a 31-30 lead on a layup by Hadlie Butler with 6:11 left in regulation.
Back-to-back jumpers — one a part of a three-point play — pushed the Lady Lyons’ lead to 36-31 with 3:20 left in the game, but Caldwell County came back, with a jumper from Jaggers and a three-pointer by sophomore A.J. Hollowell to tie the game at 36-36 with 2:19 remaining.
Butler hit one of two free-throw attempts to give Lyon County a brief one-point lead, but Majah Hollowell hit a layup with 1:44 left to put the Lady Tigers in front. She followed that with a jumper with 53 seconds remaining to give CCHS a 40-37 lead.
Smith made one of two free-throw attempts with 42.9 seconds left to narrow the CCHS lead to 40-38. Majah Hollowell missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw situation with 20.7 seconds left, and Smith drove the length of the floor for a jumper that tied the game at 40-40 with 13 seconds left.
Caldwell County brought the ball up the floor for a final shot, but turned it over to Lyon County. The Lady Lyons found an open Smith, who drove down the middle of the floor toward the basket and was fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining.
She hit the second of her two free-throw attempts for the game-winner and a disappointing loss for the Lady Tigers.
“It took us a quarter to kind of figure it out,” said CCHS head coach Chuck Mitchell. “Offensively, we were playing east-and-west. We weren’t going north-and-south with the ball; we weren’t attacking.
“I think, in the second quarter, our defense stepped up a lot and helped our offense, and a few shots started falling. We scored off of our defense, and that gave us some energy.”
Jaggers led Caldwell County with 13 points and a co-team-high eight rebounds. Majah Hollowell added eight points and Gray put in seven for the Lady Tigers. Majah Hollowell and senior forward Karsyn Paker had eight rebounds apiece. Lyon County was paced by 17 points from Calista Collins and 10 points from Smith. Collins grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds in the game.
Caldwell County will visit Christian County in a 7:30 p.m. Monday game, then will host Paducah Tilghman at the Community Activities Building (The CAB on the CCHS campus) in a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday contest.
CALDWELL COUNTY (1-2) — Majah Hollowell 4-13 0-2 8, Morgan McDaniels 1-2 0-0 3, Jacey Jaggers 5-19 1-3 13, Karsyn Parker 0-2 0-0 0, Parris Gray 3-10 1-2 7, Brylee Butts 0-0 0-0 0, Katy Smiley 2-6 2-2 6, A.J. Hollowell 1-5 0-0 3, Presley McKinney 0-1 0-0 0. Total 16-58 4-9 40.
LYON COUNTY (3-1) — Hadlie Butler 3-7 2-5 9, Kenttavia Matthews 0-2 0-0 0, Rose Smith 3-12 4-6 10, Gracen Wynn 1-7 0-0 3, Calista Collins 8-9 1-3 17, Ella DeFew 0-3 0-0 0, Lilly Perry 1-1 0-0 2. Total 16-41 7-14 41.