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Wheeler bests Biggersville on Senior Night

Feb. 1—WHEELER — A goal they've chased all year led Wheeler's girls basketball team to a historic win on Thursday night.

The Eagles beat Biggersville 43-34 on Senior Night. It was Wheeler's first win over the Lions since 2019-20.

"It's something that we've tried to do throughout the year. Stay consistent from the tip all the way to the end," Wheeler coach Carleigh King said. "I felt like overall we were consistent on both sides of the ball."

With the game tied 29-29 heading into the fourth quarter, Emma Kate Beckham got the Eagles going with a 3-pointer. Biggersville forward Jaylee Stafford answered with a layup to make it a one-point game. Marley Garrett then nailed a three of her own, which started an 11-3 run by the Eagles to end the game.

Garrett was responsible for seven points in that run. She and Bailee Moore, who came off the bench, shared the team lead with 10 points apiece.

Biggersville held a 16-11 lead after one quarter of play thanks largely to four 3-pointers.

However, the Lions were held to no field goals and one free throw in the second quarter. At halftime, it was Wheeler that led, holding a 21-17 lead.

Wheeler's length made it hard for the Lions to establish much of anything inside, so when the shots from outside weren't falling, it didn't bode well.

"We're not a big team. Their length showed up," Biggersville coach Cliff Little said. "You've got to hit some shots against them. We could early and some nights they go in, some nights they don't, but their length, it gives us problems."

Both teams await their first matchup to start the Region 1-1A tournament next week. Biggersville was scheduled to host Tishomingo County in a non-region game on Friday.

(B) Biggersville 84, Wheeler 68: The No. 3 Lions won their sixth straight game on Thursday, surviving a shootout with the Eagles.

Jathan Hatch had a team-high 25 points for Biggersville, which finished region play undefeated. Eli James led Wheeler with 23 points and surpassed 1,000 career points.

Three-Pointers

Turning Point: Moore drove for a layup to put Wheeler ahead with less than a minute left, but K'yana Hill made a free throw to tie it.

Point Maker: Garrett got her 10 points shooting 4 for 9 from the field to go with six rebounds.

Talking Point: "I felt like we were confident and, for us, I think that has been a key is trying to build on that competence so that when you say one shot that when, that confidence grows a little bit and you start feeling a little bit better about it." — King

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