The Priceville Lady Bulldogs fell to 6A Muscle Shoals 65-57 in a Saturday afternoon matchup.
University of Tennessee signee Sara Puckett leads muscle Shoals while Western Kentucky signee Jenna Walker leads Priceville. The two players have been friends for several years and have spent their summers playing for the same travel ball team, the Southern Starz.
The visiting Lady Trojans jumped out to a 17-12 first-quarter lead as Puckett scored six while Zoey Benson led Priceville with four.
Muscle Shoals used their defense to open the second quarter on a 10-0 run in the first two and a half minutes of the quarter. They forced five straight Priceville turnovers in extending their lead to 27-12. The Lady Bulldogs kept battling and outscored the Lady Trojans 12-11 the rest of the way to go into halftime trailing 38-24.
Priceville opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 38-29. Muscle Shoals answered with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 44-29. Walker scored the quarter’s final five points as the Lady Bulldogs closed with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to eight heading into the final quarter.
Despite scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs could not cut into the lead as the Lady Trojans held on for the 65-57 win.
Walker finished with a career-high 31 points to lead Priceville (16-6). She hit five three-pointers and was 13 for 13 at the free-throw line. Abigail Garrison added eight points, while Benson had six.
Makiyah Horrison had 16 points to lead Muscle Shoals (8-7). Puckett finished with 15 points, while Katelyn Harvey added 14.