Lady Devils fall short of title

Published 8:07 am Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BREWTON — The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers captured their first county championship since 2009, and the Escambia County High School Lady Devils finished in third place.

ECHS finished the tournament with a record of 2-1, tied with T.R. Miller and Flomaton. Because head-to-head play did not break the tie, the next tiebreaker was points allowed.

T.R. Miller took first place by allowing 95 points, while Flomaton finished in second place after allowing 116 points. ECHS took third place, by allowing 124 points. W.S. Neal was 0-3 at the tournament.

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Nicole Johnson and Christin Simpkins were the ECHS players named to the all-tournament team.

The Lady Devils opened the tournament with a 50-33 win over W.S. Neal on Thursday. ECHS beat Flomaton 56-50 on Friday, but fell to T.R. Miller 41-36 on Saturday.

T.R. Miller girls 41, ECHS girls 36

Down 23-21 at halftime, the Lady Tigers outscored ECHS 20-13 in the second half to earn the win and the county championship Saturday.

Johnson led ECHS (6-3) with 10 points in the win.

ECHS girls 56, Flomaton girls 50

Johnson poured in 24 points to lead ECHS to a 56-50 win over Flomaton on Friday.

ECHS led 17-14 after one quarter and outscored Flomaton 16-6 in the second quarter to grab a 33-20 halftime lead.

Flomaton rallied in the third quarter with a 15-6 advantage to cut the lead to 39-35, but ECHS outscored the Lady Hurricanes 17-15 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Jade Adams added 10 points for the Lady Devils.

ECHS girls 50, W.S. Neal girls 33

Ja’Quanda Webster poured in 20 points and Jade Adams had 10 as the Lady Devils pulled away from W.S. Neal in the second half Thursday, to earn a 50-33 win.

ECHS led W.S. Neal 16-7 after one quarter and 27-21 at the half after W.S. Neal outscored ECHS 14-11 in the quarter. In the third quarter, the Lady Devils used runs of 6-0 and 7-0 to double up W.S. Neal 16-8 in the quarter to grab a 43-29 lead heading into the fourth.

In the fourth, ECHS ended the game on a 7-4 run to help them in the 17-point win.