The crowds watched anxiously as both Lookeba and Union City lined up for the final tip off of the Calumet Tournament, which team would win? Both teams were fairly good, but which was better? Intensity levels ran higher and higher as the game went on, and when it cam down to the final three seconds of the game, who would come out on top?
Coach Anderson told his team, before they left, that the team who came out with the most energy and the most aggression would win Saturday games like these. It fired his team up and made them want that trophy even more. The first quarter was rough for the Lady Tigers, they fell way behind and only scored 2 points. Lookeba came out and weaved right through the Tiger’s defense and scored 11 points. Now angered, Union City came back before the half, making great plays, and almost caught up. Making the other team a little bit more nervous because they had underestimated the Tigers for the last time. The score at the end of the half was 13 to 8.
The Tigers came right back out and Taytim Woods busted a three pointer and the team backed her up with both Freshmen Emily Loughridge and Anyssa Morales making 2 points apiece. The Tigers almost held Lookeba at 13 points but they got an extra basket, and the third quarter ended with a tie of 15 to 15. With energy coursing through their veins, the Tigers headed into the last quarter where they finally got ahead for the first time that game.
Anyssa Morales had made a quick shot at the basket and had gotten fouled. She bumped the Tigers up to 18-15. After a few more plays the score was tied at 20-20 with 47 seconds left on the clock. Could the Tigers take this trophy home? The Tigers got into some foul trouble and let the Panthers back in. With 3 seconds left on the clock and the score at 24-20, the Tigers needed a miracle play to score. Coach Anderson called a time out and provided just that, he drew up the play and sent his players back out there. The clock started, the ball was thrown in, and Anyssa Morales received the pass and scored a little bump. With a single second left on the clock the score was now 24-22. Lookeba made a long pass that ran the clock down just enough for them to win. The Tigers had fought back and almost won.
Congratulations to Lookeba for winning the Consolation trophy!