The last time they played, Central A&M girls beat Tuscola, 64-41. Tuscola stiffened this time and upset the Raiders by a point, 44-43.
In the first meeting, the Raiders started with a 16-10 run to lead by 6. This time, they started with a 21-14 run for a 7-point lead.
Channing Reed scored three times and made two free throws. Brenah Durbin had two free throws and buried two treys. Channing Collins made a bucket and Haylee Virden 1-of-2 free throws.
Tuscola stayed in the game with 14 points in the 1st. Bates kept them in it with 3 triples. Russo had a bucket and Daugherty a 3.
Then things changed. Instead of being out-scored by 5 in the 2nd, Tuscola won the 2nd by a bucket, 12-10. Russo scored twice and Smith and Daugherty once, each. Tabeling made two free throws. A&M got a pair of 3s from Collins and a pair of twos from Reed.
By half-time, Tuscola had trimmer the lead to 5, 31-26. In the 1st meeting, A&M opened up their 11-point half-time lead with a 15-4 run. On Friday, Tuscola completely locked down the Raiders with a 8-0 run.
Tabeling and Daugherty had solo twos and Kreminski made two free throws. Russo made two foul shots. to take a 3-point lead, 34-31.
A&M won the 4th, but couldn't cash in enough in crunch time. They fell short by a free throw. A&M got two more buckets from Reed. Schinzler made 3-of-4 free throws. Virden made 5 of her 6 points. She converted a 3-point play and then made both ends of a 1-and-1.
Tuscola got solo buckets from Jacob and Kreminski and 1-of-2 free throws from Russo. Russo made 1-of-3 foul shots. She made a basket and then with the game on the line, she made two free throws for the upset.
Tuscola had 34 points from the floor and A&M 32 points. A&M only shot 11-of-17 at the line (65%). Tuscola shot 10-of-13 (77%). That gave them the win.
Tuscola 44, Central A&M 43
CAM stats: Reed 16 (7 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Collins 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Durbin 8 (2-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Virden 6 (FG, 4/7 FTs), Schinzler 3 (3/6 FTs), Dunn 2 (FG). Team FGs 14. 3-Pointers: 4 (Durbin 2, Collins 2). Team FTs 11-of-17.
Tcola stats: Russo 13 (4 FGs, 5/7 FTs), Bates 9 (3-3 pt FGs), Doughrty 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Kreminski 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Tabeling 4 (FG, 2/2 FTs), Russo 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Jacob 2 (FG), Smith 2 (FG). Team FGs 15. 3-Pointers: 4 (Bates 3, Dougherty). Team FTs 10-of-13.