Fast forward to Saturday and Meek is cutting down the nets as the upset winner of the Winston County Basketball Tournament.
Hiller made both free throws to send Friday’s game to overtime against Lynn. Meek won that game by a point and the Tigers got a 29-point outing from Isaac Johnson on Saturday en route to a 77-65 championship game win over Winston County.
Now Meek has its first county title since the 2009-10 season.
“I knew that we got a huge momentum swing on Friday night. We just had that feeling,” Meek coach Jamie Edwards said. “We had been playing much better. We had been so close so many times before, it was bound to happen for us sooner or later.”
Meek entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed in the four-team event. The Tigers’ only two county wins had come against Addison. Meek was a combined 0-4 against Lynn and Winston County.
Against Winston County, Meek led 19-14 after the first quarter. Winston County took a 38-37 lead into the half. The Tigers took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 22-11 for a 59-49 lead.
Johnson connected on eight 3-pointers in the game and finished with 29 points and nine rebounds. Tournament MVP Seth Hayes had 18 points and six rebounds, Jentson Hiller had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Jeremiah Banks added 10 points and six assists, Garrett Raines put in four points and Cameron Hallmark had two points and six rebounds.
For Winston County, Timber Blankenship had 21 points and Cody Henderson added 18.
Johnson, Hiller and Raines made the All-Tournament Team for Meek.
Against Lynn, a 38-37 overtime win for Meek, Hayes had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Banks put in nine points and Hiller had three points and 10 rebounds.
Hiller didn’t have a point until his pair of free throws with no time left in regulation.
Lynn’s Ben Cagle had 13 points and Peyton Moore had nine points.
“It’s a great feeling to bring the championship back to Meek High School,” Edwards said. “We were the fourth seed and ended up winning it. It seems like every time we are the underdog, we do well.”
Meek (7-16) hosts Decatur Heritage on Thursday.
Lynn 46, Addison 16
After a lackluster first half, Lynn exploded for 31 points over the final two quarters and picked up its third consecutive Winston County Tournament championship with a 46-16 win over Addison Saturday night.
The Bears (20-1) held Addison to just five points in the second half.
“We didn’t start out well, but we came out in the third quarter and played like we have been playing the last eight to 10 games. We played solid defense and made the shots were are supposed to make,” Lynn coach Adam Gray said.
Lynn led 8-3 after the first quarter. Addison cut the gap to 15-11 at the half. The third quarter was all Lynn as the Bears put 27 points on the scoreboard. Addison trailed 42-16 going into the fourth quarter.
Tournament MVP Jackee Dodd had 16 points and 13 rebounds while Reagan Tittle had 10 points, seven assists and five steals. Brooke Harris added 10 points and Lindsay Tompkin had six points and three rebounds.
For Addison, Jessica Benton had six points and Lauren Cutcher added five.
Lynn opened the tournament with a 59-23 win over Meek on Friday. Dodd had 30 points in that game.
“Winning the county tournament is one of our goals every year. It’s important to the kids and the fans,” said Gray whose team has won 11 games in a row since a loss to Good Hope. “Since Christmas I thought we’ve played pretty well. We are doing the things we need to do.”
Lynn plays at Sumiton Christian in an area game on Tuesday. The varsity girls start at 5 p.m.