Viqueen seniors spark late comeback

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Haley Reed and Kizzey Lane of the Viqueens were honored during Senior Night ceremonies Friday night.
T-G Photo by Rickey Clardy

UNIONVILLE – It was only fitting that the two Community Viqueen seniors played a big role in a Senior Night comeback victory.

Kizzey Lane and Haley Reed scored 11 of their team’s 22 fourth quarter points as the Viqueens overcame a six-point deficit and defeated the Nolensville Lady Knights 51-43 in a District 12-AA contest Friday night.

“It was perfect for them,” Coach Corey Bishop of the Viqueens said concerning his seniors. “The only thing I can say is I’m not surprised. I’m very, very proud of the way they led their team back in the fourth quarter.”

“They’re the leaders on our team,” Bishop added. “Without them, I don’t know where we would be right now.”

Post power

Kailyn Farrell led the way with seven points as all of the Viqueen first quarter points came from the post players. The Lady Knights ended the quarter with a 13-9 advantage.

Community (15-11, 6-4 D12AA) continued to pound the ball inside in the second quarter. Gracie Simmons scored six points as the Viqueen post players scored all ten points. A Farrell bucket with one second remaining left the two teams in a 19-19 tie at halftime.

The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter. The Viqueens took a 25-22 lead with 3:44 left, but Nolensville ended the quarter with a 32-29 lead.

The Lady Knights took their biggest lead at 36-30 with 6:40 remaining before the Viqueens fought back.

Consecutive treys by Jaley Vincent and Lane tied the game at 36-36 with 5:49 left. A three-point play by Farrell completed a 9-0 Viqueen run and gave Community a 39-36 lead with 5:09 to play.

On a roll

After the Lady Knights cut the Viqueen lead to 39-38, Community went on another 9-0 run to put the game out of reach. Lane connected on her second three-pointer, while Reed was a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line as the Viqueens took a 48-38 advantage with 27 seconds left. A. K. Lemmons was also 4-of-4 at the line as the Viqueens were 11-of-13 as a team in the quarter en route to their district win in the regular season finale.

Farrell led Community with 14 points while Simmons added 10.

Parker Leftwich led Nolensville with 14 points while Zoe Piller netted 12.

The Viqueens finished 18-of-23 at the charity stripe while the Lady Knights were 2-of-3.

Getting better

“The past five or six games, we’ve started to come together more and more,” Bishop said. “I attribute that to the girls. I think they’ve done a fantastic job of practicing and in their preparation. The results are starting to show.”

Community finished the regular season in a tie for third place in the district standings. After a coin flip, the Viqueens were seeded fourth and will host Giles County in a District 12-AA tournament play-in game Monday night at 7 p.m.

Nolensville 13 6 13 11 - 43

Community 9 -10 10 22 - 51

Nolensville: Parker Leftwich 14, Zoe Piller 12, Grace Baird 6, Sydney Mickulin

6, Caymin Ladd 5, Addie Keen, Izzy Phillips, Kylee Owensby.

Community: Kailyn Farrell 14, Gracie Simmons 10, Kizzey Lane 9, A. K. Lemmons 8, Haley Reed 6, Jaley Vincent 3, Logan Brothers 1.

3-Point goals: Nolensville (3): Leftwich, Mickulin, Ladd; Community (3): Lane 2, Vincent.

Halftime score: Community 19, Nolensville 19.