The Western Hills Lady Wolverines gave their best effort versus Anderson County, taking the favored Lady Cats into overtime.
But Anderson County pulled out the close win, 66-64, Monday night at WHHS' Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
"You've got to give Western Hills credit," said Anderson coach Tony Kays. "I don't know that they didn't deserve to win."
The Lady Wolverines, 2-13, did give Anderson County, 9-7, all they had. WHHS coach Jim Masters said this was easily his team's best effort of the season.
"For the first time this season, every single girl was prepared to do their best," Masters said. "I told them afterwards how proud I was of them and that this was an extremely fun game for me to coach."
Masters attributed the effort to a pre-game talk.
"We had a long talk before the game and I told them they have to respond to their own play, and they have to go out there committed to do their best," Masters said. "They took that to heart."
That was definitely the case when the Lady Wolverines trailed by 13 points with 6:07 left in the game.
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