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Posted: Friday, January 5, 2018 1:34 pm

The Acorn Senior girls took down the Greenland Pirates in the first round of the Airedale Tournament 65-62.

The Lady Tigers came out strong in the first half implementing Coach Jacksons plan of attack, attack, attack! With a constant onslaught of short jump-shots and drives to the basket Acorn pulled out to a comfortable 22-13 lead in the first quarter.

The Tigers continued to assert their dominance in the paint for stretching their lead to 13, thanks largely to Senior center Tori Barrett. She proved she was a force to be reckoned with by snatching rebounds, blocking shots and scoring over two and three defenders at a time.

Although Barrett had managed to accumulate 17 points by the end of the third, the Pirates had cut the lead to eight. Greenland continued to battle back, slowly closing the gap. The real momentum shift came when the Pirates changed to a pressure defense making it substantially more difficult for the Tigers to score.

With about a minute left to play the Pirates late game scoring surge had brought them back to within six. The final 60 seconds found the Acorn Tigers in a free-throw shooting contest with Greenland to hold their lead. While the Pirates made a valiant effort to topple the Tigers simply was not enough. With a final score of 65-62 the Tigers move on to the second round of the Airedale Classic.

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