Williamsburg defeats Jackson for All ‘A’ title
PINEVILLE — Favored to win a second straight 13th Region All “A” Classic title in 2019, the Williamsburg Lady Jackets had to live with an upset loss to Middlesboro in the championship game for the past year.
They were finally able to put that loss behind them on Friday with a 58-47 victory over Jackson County in the championship game at Pineville.
“This is extremely satisfying, especially for these seniors,” Williamsburg coach Randy Crider said. “Losing Lillie Abbott to an injury in the first round really hurt us, but after tasting what it was like to win the year before it was very disappointing.”
Senior guard Lillie Hall, the tournament most valuable player for the second time, scored 22 points to lead the 11-4 Lady Jackets. Senior forward Madison Chapman added 13 points.
Senior forward Taya Davis led the 12-5 Lady Generals with 28 points.
Williamsburg never trailed in the game, building a 16-8 lead after one quarter and a 32-25 lead at halftime.
The Lady Jackets led by as many as 10 in the third quarter, but Davis led a run in the fourth quarter that pulled Jackson within one. Jackson had a chance to take the lead before Hall turned a steal into a basket that started a 12-2 run to end the game.
Williamsburg will advance to All “A” Classic state competition in Richmond.
Williamsburg (58) — Lillie Hall 22, Mikkah Siler 9, Madison Chapman 13, Gracie Lawson 3, Kayla Graham 8, Morgan Prewitt 1, Allison Caddell 2.
Jackson County (47) — Amber Creech 8, Taya Davis 28, Eden Lakes 6, Kena Ward 2, Natalie Carl 3.
Jackson County 8 17 11 11 — 47
Williamsburg 16 16 10 16 — 58
Williamsburg and Jackson County moved into the finals of the 13th Region All “A” Classic after semifinal wins Thursday at Pineville.
Jackson County held off an upset bid by Harlan to advance with a hard-fought 59-54 victory.
Amber Creech scored 14 to lead the Lady Generals, including 10 in the fourth quarter as Jackson held on for the win after leading by only one going into the period.
Natalie Carl and Taylor Davis added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Jackson County.
Harlan (8-6) was led by junior guard Angel Wynn with 20 points on six 3-pointers, including four in the fourth quarter. Natalee King and Ella Karst added 13 points each.
Mikkah Siler scored 17 as Williamsburg advanced with a 62-48 win over Pineville. Kaylee Graham and Lillie Hall added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Lady Jackets, who grabbed a 15-8 lead after one quarter on the way to the victory.
Whitney Caldwell led the Lady Lions with 22 points. Raigan King scored 15.
Williamsburg and Jackson County will play at 7 p.m. on Friday for the championship, with the winner advancing to state competition in Richmond.
Harlan will play at Whitley County on Tuesday.
Williamsburg (62) — Lillie Hall 15, Makkah Siler 17, Madison Chapman 8, Gracie Lawson 3, Kaylee Graham 16, Morgan Prewitt 3.
Pineville (48) — Virginia Hall 2, Whitney Caldwell 22, Brittany Davis 1, Summer Partin 6, Raegan King 15, Ashley Middleton 2.
Jackson County (59) — Amber Creech 14, Taylor Davis 10, Elizabeth Tyra 6, Emily Rose 7, Natalie Carl 11, Eden Lakes 5, Kena Ward 6.
Harlan (54) — Ella Karst 13, Angel Wynn 20, Aymanni Wynn 2, Emma Owens 4, Natalee King 13, All Thompson 2.