By Ed Greif
The Stone Memorial Lady Panthers played Dade County for fifth place in the Jon Loden Christmas Tournament Monday, after splitting their first two games Friday — losing 56-50 to Upperman and beating host Midway 63-62.
Upperman 56, SMHS 50: The Lady Panthers dropped the quarterfinal game of the annual tournament to the Upperman Lady Bees 56-50.
The Lady Bees started the game with a 10-4 advantage, but back-to-back buckets by Jacki Livesay sparked the Lady Panthers to an 11-7 run to slice the deficit to 17-15 by quarter's end.
Abby Griffin had seven points for SMHS, who was six of 11 from the field.
A trey by Bailey Rutledge cut the gap to 23-21, but a trey by Klaudria Hull sent the Lady Bees on a 10-2 run to swell the advantage to 33-1 with one minute left in the half.
A layup by Riley Hunt made the score 33-23 at the break.
Baskets by Jordan Thompson and Livesay cut the gap to 33-27 early in the third quarter, but the Lady Bees converted seven of 10 free throws to swell the lead to 40-27. Griffin's trey made it 40-30 by quarter's end.
The Lady Panther defense held Upperman without a field goal in the third quarter.
SMHS opened the final quarter with a 7-1 run to reduce the deficit to 42-37; however, Upperman scored 11 unanswered points to raise the margin to 53-37 with 4:49 left in the game.
Livesay tallied 10 points in the 4:49 to help SMHS finish the game with a 13-3 to make the final score 56-60.
Statistical leaders were Tiffany Cokkinias (two rebounds, four assists, two steals), Jordan Thompson (two points, three rebounds), Kirsten Potter (two points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal), Jacki Livesay (24 points, one rebound, four steals), Lacey Metton (three rebounds, one steal), Riley Hunt (five points, four rebounds, one steal), Abby Griffin (13 points, one rebound, one steal), Bailey Rutledge (three points, one assist), Courtney White (one point, one rebound, four assists, two steals) and Sidney Early (three rebounds, three assists, one steal).
SMHS 63, Midway 62: Jackie Livesay buried two free throws with 9.5 seconds left in the game to give the Lady Panthers the win, after the Lady Waves rallied from a six-point fourth quarter deficit to take a 62-61 lead with 19 seconds left on a lay-up by Lexi Taylor.
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 start, but the Lady Waves use two 5-0 spurts in a 20-9 run for a 20-13 advantage.
SMHS was six of 12 from the field with three turnovers, while Midway was eight of 14 with three turnovers.
Taylor opened the second quarter for Midway with a lay-up for 22-13 lead, but a lay-up by Tessa Cokknias triggered a 9-0 run to tie the game at 22-22 with 6:26 left in the half. Sydney Early's trey was the tying points.
SMHS fell behind at 31-27 with under 1:30 remaining, but Cokkinias tallied five points to give the Lady Panthers a 32-31 advantage.
The Lady Panthers outscored Midway 15-11 to take a 47-42 by the end of third quarter, as they were four of 22 from the field, while holding the Lady Waves to f our of 14 from the floor with one turnover.
SMHS bulit a 53-47 lead on an Early lay-up, but the Lady Waves used an 11-6 run to take a 58-57 advantage with 2:39 left in the contest. Abby Bertram had seven markers in the Lady Wave spurt.
A Potter jumper with 33.6 seconds left gave SMHS 61-60 lead, setting up the final heroics of Livesay.
Statistical leaders for SMHS were Cokkinias (11 points, two rebounds, five assists, two steals), Thompson (six points, two rebounds), Potter (16 points, eight rebounds, one assist), Livesay (nine points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal), Melton (four points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal), Hunt (three rebounds), Griffin (six points, four rebounds, one assist, four steals), Rutledge (three points, one rebound, one assist), White (six points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals), and Early (two points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals).
Schedule: After Monday's game, SMHS will return home for a 3 p.m. game Jan.3 and then travel to Alcoa for a 3 p.m. game Jan. 4.