Paducah Tilghman hit its shots from places other than behind the arc to snap a three-game losing streak and defeat Second District rival St. Mary 64-59 at Otis Dinning Gymnasium on Friday night.
In a change from the norm, the Tornado hit fewer 3-pointers than their opponents. However, the Vikings were 8-for-23 from long distance while Tilghman was 5-for-14. Overall, Paducah hit nearly 62 percent of its shots from the field and was 11-for-18 from the foul line.
"Last game, we were up eight in the fourth quarter and we just collapsed," Tornado coach Brad Stieg said of a Jan. 7 game, a 55-45 loss at the Vikings' gym. "We were able to play the closest to 32 minutes all season."
Sayveon McEwen led the Tilghman offense with 16 points, while Devon Hart scored 14. Andre Strayhorn scored nine points, all on a trio of treys. Michael Davis had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
For St. Mary, Patrick Hubert continued to dominate the offense with 17 points, while Michael Overstreet collected 13 points and 10 boards.
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St. Mary 10 23 37 59
Paducah Tilghman 15 30 41 64
ST. MARY - Hubert 17, Dickens 8, Vaughan, Averill 10, Smith 3, Overstreet 13, Eggemeyer, DomeÂ´ 8.
Field goals 22/52. 3-pointers 8/23 (P. Hubert 2, DomeÂ´ 2, Dickens 2, Overstreet, Smith). Free throws 7/10. Record 16-7.
TILGHMAN - McEwen 16, Dunigan 8, Hart 14, Strayhorn 9, Warfield 5, Mayes 2, Davis 10.
Field goals 24/39. 3-pointers 5/14 (Strayhorn 3, McEwen 2). Free throws 11/18. Record 12-10.
Tilghman 61, St. Mary 39 - Tilghman led just 23-19 at the half, then scored 23 points in the third quarter to roll past St. Mary.
Alex Kohler had the strongest third quarter for the Lady Tornado. She scored 10 of her 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers from the far left side of the court.
"We started off so slow," Kohler said of the first half. "We had to get some energy, make some shots and keep running. I finally got a groove and got my confidence back."
Karlee Humphrey was a more consistent performer for Tilghman as she led the offense with 22 points, and Joya Smith finished with 12 points.
St. Mary failed to hit a 3-pointer and only had 14 field goals for the game. Alex Durbin dominated the Lady Viking offense with 18 points, while Casey Kupper scored 11.
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St. Mary 10 19 29 39
Paducah Tilghman 16 23 46 61
ST. MARY - Koenig 3, Kupper 11, Word, Gipson, Bratton 3, Durbin 18, Thomas 4.
Field goals 14. 3-pointers 0. Free throws 11/16. Record 11-7.
TILGHMAN - Gardner, Donelson 3, Shapiro, Shaw 4, Kohler 16, Mayes, Humphrey 22, Jo. Smith 12, Ja. Smith 4.
Field goals 24/76. 3-pointers 5/23 (Kohler 2, Donelson, Humphrey, Shaw). Free throws 8/15. Record 16-6
Contact Jon Futrell, a Paducah Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8664.
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