Lady Lions take third at Cabool Classic Tournament


Ozarks Sports Zone photo The Bakersfield Lady Lions took third place at the Cabool Classic Tournament held last week. Members of the team and their coaches are, from left, (front row) manager Chloe Harris, Keely Stevens, Jessi Keith, Callie Smith and Sara Collins; (back row) Assistant Coach Heather Smith, Lily Williams, Sadie Davidson, Madison Melvin, Hadley Stevens, Riley Summers, Abbigail Guffey, Mason Mahan-Manager, and Head Coach Micheal Mahan. Not pictured and absent: Reinna Velasquez and manager Cooper Massey.

The Bakersfield Lady Lions took third place at the Cabool Classic Tournament last week.

The Lady Lions, who are having a tremendous season, were seeded in the number one spot at the tournament, and had a bye in the first round. They took on Mansfield in the semi-finals Thursday, Jan. 18, where they fell 56-39.

Head Coach Micheal Mahan said the team has been battling sickness and injuries for the last three games.

“We played a tough Mansfield team, that shot the ball good and defended well. We had a decent first half and competed and kept the score close,” said Mahan. “Our second half was not good, and nothing seemed to go right. We were definitely missing our two starters that were out and we could feel the effects of two of our other girls playing after battling sickness.”

Jessie Keith led the scoring with 19 points, followed Lily Williams with 12. Others scoring for Bakersfield were Callie Smith with 5 points and Keely Stevens, Madison Melvin and Sadie Davidson with 1 each.

The Lady Lions headed back to Cabool for the third-place contest Friday, Jan. 19 and played a nailbiter of a game against the Couch Lady Indians.

Bakersfield was able to battle back after a halftime 36-27 deficit to defeat Couch 59-53.

“We played a very good Couch team that was very physical and tough,” said Mahan. “We made a defensive adjustment at halftime. That was the difference in the game, and we slowly started chipping away at their lead.”

The Lady Lions took the lead in the fourth quarter around the 5-minute mark and never lost the lead again. 

“I’m super proud of these girls and how hard they fought and worked to win this game,” Mahan said. “It was a true example of teamwork!” 

Jessie Keith, who named to the all-tournament team, once again led the scoring wth 20 points, followed by Keely Stevens with 16. Other players scoring for Bakersfield were Abbigail Guffey 8, Callie Smith 7, Lily Williams 5, Madison Melvin 2 and Sadie Davidson 1.

The Lady Lions, with a season record of 10-5, head to the 2024 Lady Tiger Invitational at Seymour set for Jan. 25-27.

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