Lady Tigers Start the Season 2-0 at Home
Champion hosted the first ever men’s and women’s basketball classic over the weekend. — Friday night, the Lady Tigers tipped off the 2021-22 season with an unveiling of the National Champion banner and the presentation of the championship rings from the 2020-21 season opener against the Bacone Lady Warriors. Champion Lady Tigers defeated the Bacone Lady Warriors 84-52. The Lady Tigers roared into tip off with a 12-0 run in the first quarter before letting the Lady Warriors answer. The first quarter ended 22-4 and by half time, the Lady Tigers continued their lead: 38-20. Sckiya Banister led into the second half with 9 points, 2 assists, and 4 steals. Followed by Destiny Gonzalez who had 8 points, 8 rebounds and Freshmen Jurnee Hicks who added 8 points.
The Lady Tigers finished the second half, out scoring Bacone 25-15 in the 3rd quarter and 21-17 in the 4th quarter. The Lady Tigers were able to finish the Bacone Lady Warriors 84-52, with a Lady Tigers scoring double digits. Destiny Gonzalez paced the Lady Tigers with a double double: 15 points and 13 rebounds. Jurnee Hicks added 16 points. Nay Manning added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Sckiya Banister brought in 13 points, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Bacone was led by Jayla Macintosh with 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Saturday night, the Lady Tigers outlasted Campbellsville University at Harrodsburg. — The Lady Tigers hosted the Campbellsville Lady Tigers at home on the second night of Champion’s Basketball Classic. The first quarter started in a battle, but Champion’s Lady Tigers topped Campbellsville 14-13. By the end of the half, our Lady Tigers 32-26.
Our Lady Tigers continued to defend our home court in the second half. In the third quarter, Champion pulled away leading 55-41. By the end of the game, our Lady Tigers outlasted the Campbellsville Lady Tigers 70-56: 72% from the FT line and 42% from the 3.
Our own Alysia Pickett led in Champion's victory: 50% from the field, 50% from the 3, and 75% from the charity strip scoring 19 points, adding 3 assists, and 2 steals. Followed by Sckiya Banister with 17 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals and Elisa Gonzalez with 11 points and 5 rebounds.