Jenny Johnson scored 14 points and Hearne held Thrall under 20 percent shooting as the Lady Eagles stopped the Tigerettes 40-27 Friday night.
Hearne grabbed the lead early scoring the first seven points. Kelly Copeland got the Tigerettes on the board hitting one of two shots from the free-throw line in the opening period. Chandra Reed scored Thrall only field goal of the first quarter late in the period, but the Lady Eagles held an 11-4 lead after one quarter.
Thrall’s offense finally got on track in the second period. Shelby Grisham, McKenna Knapek, and Copeland all hit from the field in the quarter for Thrall and the Tigerettes converted three of eight shots from the line. Meanwhile, Hearne tallied 10 points in second and held a 21-13 lead at the half.
Hearne hit just two of eight shots in the third while Thrall connected on just two of 13 shots. Addison Leschber and Knapek each hit shots for the Tigerettes and Grisham added a pair of free throws, but the Lady Eagles managed to outscore Thrall 7-6 in the period and extended their lead to 28-19 going into the fourth quarter.
Hearne got hot in the fourth quarter hitting six of 11 shots from the field. Thrall also shot better from the field in the final period with Leschber, Knapek, Reed, and Bree Tretter all scoring for the Tigerettes. Hearne’s hot hand over the final eight minutes proved to be too much to overcome for Thrall.
Knapek led the Tigerettes with seven points while Copeland added six. Leschber, Grisham, and Reed each scored four for Thrall.
Thrall was back in action Friday and Saturday when they traveled to East Texas to take part in the Glen Evans Classic tournament at Troup High School. The Tigerettes will also travel to Fayetteville on Monday before returning to district play on January 3 when they host the Thorndale Lady Dogs.