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The Lady Cougars threatened to run away with the game early but the Purple and Gold regrouped after a timeout to pull to within 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The Viqueens turned up the juice offensively fueled by a swarming press in the second frame to cut the advantage to just 27-22 going into the intermission.
"I think our biggest adjustment in the second half was we did a much better of communicating on defense tonight," Viqueen coach Allison Martin said. "We were able to stop their guards from penetrating and we did a great job of boxing them out in the paint to only allow them one shot.
"We were also able to make some changes to free up our shooters more and we did a good job of hitting the boards for offensive rebounds that led to several baskets for us.
"That was definitely the difference in the game for us."
The game became a seesaw affair in the third period with each side trading the lead and neither squad able to shake the other as the horn sounded on a 31-all tie.
The Viqueens pulled out to a small advantage and had several chances to open a larger margin but were unable to convert from the charity stripe when they had their chances in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Cougars took full advantage and tied the game with just four minutes remaining but it was all Viqueens from there as Pierce put up a five spot and freshman Davie Barnes scored the two biggest baskets of her young career in the closing minutes to nail down the win.
Pierce led both teams in scoring with 20 points. Leverette had 13 from the post despite drawing double coverage all night in the paint.
Ashlynn Wilkerson led the Lady Cougars with 14.
Community held the opponent to just two field goals in the second half of the contest.
The Viqueens went to the line 18 times and were successful on just 6 attempts. They were 3-of-12 in the fourth quarter.
Community continues district play on Friday when they travel to Fayetteville. Tipp-off is scheduled for 6.
CHS (44): Pierce 20, Leverette 13, Barnes 4, Thompson 2, Reed 2, M.Huntley 1, Brothers, Ray.
MTCS (38) Wilkerson 14, Smith 8, Peters 6, Sweeney 5, Mullins 4, Welker 1, Faulkner, Adams.
3-point goals: MTCS 4, CHS 2.
Halftime: MTCS 27, CHS 22.