Lightbourne’s last-second shot saves #9 Tallulah Falls in win over Jefferson

Tanisha Seymour (Savannah Sanchez)

Playing in the second game of the Jackson EMC Thanksgiving Tournament at Jefferson, #9-ranked Tallulah Falls led for nearly the entire game before the host team mounted a big comeback. Still, Denika Lightbourne’s shot with three seconds to go lifted TFS to the 61-60 thrilling win.

Tallulah Falls edged Jefferson 13-11 through the first quarter and kept that pace to the tune of a 29-25 halftime advantage. In the third quarter, the Lady Indians went ahead 48-38 heading into the final quarter. Jefferson began to chip away at the lead and brought it back to a 59-59 tie with 40 seconds to go and heading to the charity stripe.

There, Jefferson got one to go up 60-59, taking its first lead of the game. Lightbourne drilled a basket with three seconds remaining to give the newly-ranked top-10 Lady Indians the victory.

Lightbourne led in scoring with 29 points, while Tanisha Seymour added 10. Allie Phasavang and Molly Mitchell had seven apiece, Haygen James had six, and Breelyn Wood two.

The Lady Indians now have a pair of wins in a row and stand at 2-1 on the season.

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