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Lady Tigers beat Cottage Hill 45-25 in sub regional

T.R. Miller’s Vanessa Samuel and Jayden Mitchell finished in double figures to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 45-25 victory over Cottage Hill tonight in the AHSAA Class 3A sub regional in Brewton.

Mitchell led her team with 15 points, and Samuell dished in nine for TRM.

The No. 8 Lady Tigers (13-2) went ahead 5-0 in the first period, and didn’t give in from there. TRM led 18-11 at halftime and went on to outscore the Lady Warriors 27-14 in the second half.

TRM coach Ron Jackson said despite the win, the girls could’ve played a little better. Tonight’s win comes five nights after edging Hillcrest-Evergreen 41-37 in the area championship.

“I guess we thought because we had a good game the other night we’d show up and the other team would play down and we’d win,” Jackson said. “In the playoffs, one loss you’re out. Every game is the house is on fire.”

With the victory, the Lady Tigers advance to face the winner of the Thomasville-Greensboro game in the first round of the southwest regional. If THS wins, the Lady Tigers host the next round. If GHS wins, TRM travels.

In the second period, Mitchell hit a 3-pointer and jump shot back to back to give TRM a healthy 15-6 lead. Mitchell, and Samuel added some free throws a short time later to build the lead.

Cottage Hill’s Taylor Davidson and Alexcia Gibbs added a 3-pointer and layup for the Warriors to cut it to seven at the break.

In the third, TRM widened the gap with good defense and transition.

SAmuel converted a steal into an easy bucket, Serenity Mitchell later got a pair of free throws off a foul with 2:22 left. Jayden Mitchell then hit a block on the other end to keep the Lady Warriors in check.

Jayden and Serenity Mitchell, along with Samuel kept the pedal to the medal in the fourth period and the Lady Tigers’ defense held Cottage Hill at bay.

Meg Fountain added nine points; and Serenity Mitchell had eight points.

Davidson led Cottage Hill with nine points.