The Upperman Lady Bees have won their last six games, and 13 of their last 14. Going further, in their last 13 games, they’ve only given up more than 45 points one time.
It’s no coincidence that the one time they gave up more, it was also in their last loss: a 64-37 defeat at the hands of the top-ranked Macon County Tigerettes in Lafeyette.
Offense was tough to come by from the jump for the Lady Bees, as they only scored eight first-quarter points. To add to that, it would’ve been only five if not for a buzzer-beating three from Torie Brooks. The offense continued its struggles into the second half, and Macon pulled away by the final margin.
The biggest key to tonight’s game is the fact that this meeting is in Baxter, a massive home-court advantage for Upperman. As far as players go, it’s no secret that Brooks and fellow junior Reagan Hurst will be important to the Lady Bees’ cause. They led the team in scoring in the previous meeting with nine points, but they will need to score more if Upperman is to win this game.
Sophomore point guard Brooklyn Crouch will be instrumental as well, seeing as she’s the one that runs the offense. It’ll be important for her to maintain the poise on offense, seeing as turnovers killed Upperman in their previous game with the Tigerettes.
And it isn’t as if this game is a throwaway for Macon County, because they hold a slim one-game lead in the district standings. This means an Upperman win clinches a share of the district title for the Lady Bees, and a potential coin-flip tiebreaker to decide who finishes gets the top seed in the district tournament.
Regardless of the expectation, one thing is clear: this is the biggest game of the year for both teams, and it will crown a district winner tonight when it tips off at 6 P.M.