MOUNTAIN GROVE — Stingy defense and Jaydin Ramsey’s key perimeter shooting kept the Houston Lady Tigers alive.
HHS rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat Willow Springs 44-41 last Wednesday afternoon in the Mountain Grove Holiday Tournament.
The Lady Tigers lost the following day 56-37 to Cuba in the fifth-place game.
In the comeback against Willow Springs, Ramsey scored nine of her 12 points in the fourth quarter to spark Houston’s rally. All four of her field goals were 3-pointers.
Abby Casper led Houston (5-6) with 14 points.
In the fifth-place game, Cuba outscored the Lady Tigers 17-6 to quickly build a double-digit lead it never relinquished.
Kaitlyn Root scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the first half. Ramsey added 13.
In the quarterfinals last Tuesday, Houston was defeated 39-26 by top-seeded Gainesville.
Ramsey led the Lady Tigers with seven points. Casper and Root scored six apiece.
The ninth-seeded Lady Tigers had a 2-2 tournament record with wins against Chadwick and Willow Springs and losses to Gainesville and Cuba.