By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Lady Bulldogs met their long-time rival Norborne Lady Pirates for the third time this season Saturday in the finals of the CLAA tournament at Tina-Avalon. And like the previous two meetings, it was the Lady Bulldogs coming out on top with a 41-38 decision.
Hardin-Central outscored Norborne 27-19 in the second half to win the title. The Lady Dawgs trailed 8-6 after 8 minutes and 19-14 at the intermission. Olivia Ellis, who was named the tournament MVP, scored 9 of her game-high 19 points in the third period as the Lady Dawgs rallied to take a 29-24 lead into the final 8 minutes.
Addie Paul added 8 points for Hardin-Central, with Maddie Demint chipping in 5. Maria Powell and Ashlyn Demint had 4 apiece, and Lisa Stellansdottir added a free throw. Michaela Coats and Megan Shannon led Norborne (16-5) with 8 points each.
The Lady Dawgs held off Tina-Avalon, 49-41, in the semifinals. Hardin-Central held an 11-5 lead after one quarter and 18-17 at the half. A 15-6 Lady Dawg scoring advantage in the third frame gave the No. 1 seed a 10-point cushion heading into the final frame.