"You have to give credit to Gibson County they had their 'A' game on tonight," said head coach Randy Coffman, who made his return on Friday night after serving a two-game suspension for two technical fouls he received against Obion County on December 4.
The start of the game did not look good for the Dyersburg girls as Gibson County started the game on a 7-0 run, challenging the Lady Trojans with their press style of play. However, Coffman's group responded well and put together their own run, scoring 18 of the next 20 points in the game. The Lady Trojans led by as many as 10 in the first quarter, closing out the period on top 20-13.
The Lady Pioneers battled back in the second quarter and were able to capitalize on 6 trips to the charity stripe where they went 9 of 12 in the second quarter alone. Gibson County was 16 of 20 from the free throw line for the game while the Lady Trojans were only 3 of 7.
"We took a lot of good shots tonight but we have to go to the free throw line a little more," said Coffman. "It's something we will work on."
Along with some tough defense the Gibson County girls were able to pull to within two at the half 30-28. In the third period, Gibson County continued to give the Lady Trojans all they could handle behind their leading scorer of the game, Jasmine Whittemore, who had 11 of her 20 points in the third quarter. The Lady Pioneers outscored Dyersburg in the third 18-14 to take a 46-44 lead into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter Taylor and Swift stepped up their game accounting for 15 of the team's 18 points in the quarter. The two squads battled back and forth between a tie and a two-point lead until the Lady Trojans began to build some breathing room with 2:40 left in the game behind a big three-pointer by Taylor to give Dyersburg a 55-50 lead. Taylor extended the lead to seven before Gibson County battled back and made the game interesting in the closing moments. However, the Lady Pioneers ran out of time and Dyersburg was able to hold on for the victory.
"The girls did really well seeing the floor tonight," said Coffman, who was concerned about his squads 20 turnovers in the game but was proud of their effort. "We had five turnovers after we had a steal. As long as you are giving good effort you can fix those mistakes."