The Black River League Tournament returned to J98 tonight (Wednesday) with the final round of girl’s pool play. Our first game of the night saw the South Iron Lady Panthers run away from the Lesterville Bearcats 67-38 behind a staunch defensive effort. The Panthers came out on a mission, outscoring the Bearcats 28-7 in the first quarter. As the second frame opened, the Panthers began to find their outside shot.

Mickan finished with a game high 16. Lady Panthers head coach Lawrence Graves says they’re built to win on the defensive end

The Panthers add another to the win column and will move into the championship game at 12-3. The Bearcats slide back to 5-6.
Pool play wrapped up on J98 with the Van Buren Lady Bulldogs over the East Carter Redbirds by a final score of 55-23. Game two was much like the first as Van Buren set the tone early and ran away in the second half.

Van Buren kept the Redbirds at arms length from start to finish. Jalynn Morgan led Van Buren in scoring with 13 points, all of which came in the first half. Van Buren head coach Randal Jenkins thinks the team’s commitment defensively is what makes them dangerous.

Van Buren and South Iron finish up pool play unbeaten and will meet in the tournament championship game. East Carter and Viburnum split through pool play and will square off in our opening game on Saturday from the Black River League Tournament on J-98.