The girls' championship matchup is set for the 2012-13 Greene County Elementary Tournament at North Greene High School.
No. 1 seed DeBusk jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 49-21 win over Baileyton in the first semifinal game Thursday night. In the night-cap, No. 2 Nolachuckey buckled down on defense in the fourth quarter and pulled away from Mosheim, 42-31.
DeBusk and Nolachuckey will meet for the championship tonight at 6:30 p.m. Mosheim and Baileyton will play in a consolation game at 4 p.m.
DEBUSK 49, BAILEYTON 21
The DeBusk girls jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 49-21 victory over Baileyton Thursday evening in the Greene County Elementary Tournament.
The Lady Braves started the game by turning stout defense into quick offense. DeBusk held Baileyton scoreless in the opening period and Emily Dockery scored six points to propel DeBusk to an early 15-0 lead.
DeBusk assistant coach Jim Renner said, "Our press was very effective in the first quarter and really helped us in holding them scoreless in the first quarter."
Center Raina Shoemaker scored eight points in the second quarter to increase the Lady Braves' lead to 29-7 at the mid-way point. Shoemaker finished the contest with 15 points. Emily Starns scored all seven of Bailyton's first-half points and led the Lady Dragons with nine points on the night.
In the third quarter, DeBusk's defensive pressure continued to plague the Lady Dragons. DeBusk outscored Baileyton 12-4 in the third quarter with a balanced attack that utilized five different scorers.
"We have a lot of girls that can score," Renner said. "I thought we got into our offense real well and moved the ball around really well tonight."
In the fourth quarter DeBusk pulled back the press and made sure its short bench got plenty of action. The Lady Dragons were able to finish on a positive note, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Kinsley Wykle was also in double figures for the Lady Braves with 10 points
"We've played Nolachuckey twice this year. We split with them in the season so it should be a real war tomorrow night," Renner said of tonight's championship game.
NOLACHUCKEY 42, MOSHEIM 31
A strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter allowed Nolachuckey to pull away from Mosheim on its way to a 42-31 victory.
Nolachuckey head coach Roger Jones said,"We played the way we're supposed to for certain parts of the game. We just have to put four quarters together and we'll be fine."
The contest went back and forth for most of the evening with 13 lead changes and five ties. Kaitlyn Franklin stole the ball under her own goal and laid it in to stretch Nolachuckey's lead to 10 points in third quarter.
The Lady Indians would make a run in the last 1:15 of the quarter to eventually tie the contest heading into the final period.
Marissa Baker knocked down a triple to cut the lead to five points when a foul away from the ball while the shot was in the air allowed Mosheim to retain possession. After the Lady Indians got the ball back Kaylee Valentine absorbed contact and sank a layup then completed an old-fashioned three point play. The charity toss capped a six point possession for Mosheim and closed the gap to two points.
Valentine finished the rally with a turnaround jumper in the lane with five seconds remaining to tie things at 28.
Taylor Lamb scored nine points in the fourth quarter and acted as stopping presence in the lane as Nolachuckey outscored Mosheim 14-3 in the period. Lamb led all scorers with 18 points on the night.
"That was a huge momentum swing for them but we stepped up in the fourth quarter and stopped them and came away with the win," Jones said.
In the first half, the two teams matched each other basket for basket with neither leading by more than two at any point . Valentine scored six in the first half as part of her 14-point night.
Baker scored seven of her 10 in the first half for Mosheim.
T.K. Franklin scored 10 in the contest for Nolachuckey.