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The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats scored the first 18 points and didn’t surrender a first half field goal in a 58-11 stomping of the Middleton Lady Tigers in their home opener on Friday. 

“This was a good chance to get some girls in and give everybody some playing time,” McNairy Central head coach Jerry Lott said. 

Lott substituted early and often, trading five on the floor for five on the bench more than once in the first half. 

Maddie Kirk led the Lady Bobcats with 12 points, averaging about one point a minute of playing time. 

Kylee Brown capped McNairy Central’s opening run with a layup off an Alexis Weirich assist to push the Lady Bobcats lead to 18-0 with 3:31 left in the first. 

Morgan Talley put Middleton on the board with a pair of free throws at the 2:01 mark in the first quarter to make the score 18-2.

Lynlee Brown and Jilli Johnson ended the first period on back-to-back 3s to give the Lady Bobcats a 27-3 advantage after the first period.

McNairy Central scored 13 in the second quarter - led by Weirich’s four points – and blanked the Lady Tigers to take a 40-3 lead into the half. 

LaDasha Deshields scored the Lady Tigers first field goal off a Talley assist with 3:42 left in the third to cut the McNairy Central lead to 44-7. 

The Lady Bobcats ended the third on a 7-0 run, capped by a Jilli Johnson jumper at the 35 second mark to set the score at 51-7. 

Dyersburg 50, McNairy Central 29

The McNairy Central Lady Bobcats managed only eight first half points – four in each quarter – in a 50-29 season-opening loss on Thursday. 

The Lady Bobcats hit 13-of-47 shots on the night, including 0-for-14 from 3-point range. 

“It’s always a tough night if you can’t hit shots,” McNairy Central head coach Jerry Lott said.

Alexis Weirich led McNairy Central with six points, five rebounds, one block and two steals. Maddie Kirk finished with five points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Chloe Shelton had five rebounds and two points. Jilli Johnson finished with two points and three blocked shots.

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