By TONY STINNETT, Courier Sports Editor
Championship games don't always live up to the billing.
This one did.
Woodbury Grammar School held off Woodland, 33-30, to capture the 2013 Cannon County Grammar School Cancer Tournament championship at WGS Saturday (Dec. 8).
Hannah Haley and Katie Linder led the Lady Cubs with 12 and 10, respectively. Point guard Tori Knox scored six and dished out five assists. Hannah Farnsworth (2), Olivia Walkup (2) and Bailey Knox (1) also got into the scoring column.
Woodland was led by Sydney Reed with 12 and Kristen Fann with 10. Allie St. John scored six and Hannah Mears finished with two.
Woodbury Grammar led a close game throughout until Woodland took a 28-26 lead in the fourth quarter. Haley and Knox scored back-to-back key baskets for the Lady Cubs, and Bailey Knox, Maggie Cook and Walkup came up with key rebounds down the stretch.
Auburn 53, West Side 31
Auburn's Maleah Scott put on a scoring clinic, pouring in a tournament-best 45 points to lead the Lady Knights to a 53-31 win in the consolation game. Madison Gaither added eight points for Auburn.
Shelby Earls led West Side with 26. Patty Hatfield scored four and Abby Maynard scored one.
WGS 55, Auburn 37
WGS reached the championship with a 55-37 win against Auburn in the semifinals. Haley scored 21 points and Linder netted 14 for the Lady Cubs. Hannah Farnsworth added six, Tori Knox five, Courtney Davenport 4, Olivia Walkup and Emily Sullivan had two each, and Cook finished with one.
Scott led Auburn with 16 points. Katelyn Duggin finished with eight and Madison Gaither added seven. Hattie Fann, Adrianna Reed and Katie Hancock each scored two.
Auburn pulled to within eight, 35-27, going into the fourth quarter, but WGS erupted for 20 fourth-quarter points to secure victory.
Woodland 29, West Side 15
Woodland rolled into the finals with a 29-15 win against West Side in the semifinals.
Sydney Reed led Woodland with 12 and Fann tallied eight. Hannah Mears (3), St. John (2), Abigal Buchanan (2) and Madison Blanton (2) also scored for Woodland.
West Side was led by Shelby Earls with 12. Hatfield scored 2 and Maynard finished with one.
Auburn 48, East Side 26
Scott scored 31 points to lead Auburn past East Side, 48-26, in a first-round game. Scott averaged 30.6 points per game in the tournament. Katelyn Duggin added eight points, followed by Kate Hancock (3), Fann (2), Gaither (2) and Adrianna Reed (2).
Lindsey Bowman led East Side with 20 points. Lacon Parton scored four and Katie Gunter finished with two.
West Side 32, Short Mountain 27
Shelby Earls scored 28 points to lead West Side past Short Mountain, 32-27, in first-round action. Gabriella Powell added four for West Side. Short Mountain was led by Cheyenne Byford's nine points. Anna Lawson added six, followed by Erika Taylor (4), Shianna Ashford (4), Madelyn Hale (2) and Taylor Parker (2).