Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County Junior High guard Ellie Coley releases a free throw.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County Junior High guard Ellie Coley releases a free throw.

GALLATIN -- The Macon County Junior High girls basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter to force overtime but didn't score in the extra period, suffering a 29-24, overtime loss to West Wilson Middle School in a Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association (TMSAA) Section 3-AAA Tournament semifinal contest played on Monday evening at Station Camp Middle School.

The two teams played four times this season. The Tigerettes suffered a 32-25 loss when they played in the Area 11 Tournament championship game six days earlier.

They played in Mt. Juliet on Dec. 3, with the Lady Wildcats capturing a 41-21 victory, but Macon County avenged that loss with a 34-23 victory in Lafayette on Dec. 20.

On Monday, the Tigerettes trailed 9-3 after one period of play, 15-9 at halftime and 22-16 entering the fourth quarter.

However, Macon County (11-9) limited West Wilson to two points in the fourth quarter.

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Macey Meador made her squad's lone 3-pointer of the game in the fourth period, and Dallas Caldwell, Cadence Carter and Allie Thompson all contributed in the quarter as well, forcing overtime.

The Lady Wildcats made just 7 of 21 free-throw attempts in the game, but they connected on 3 of 6 in overtime. Kristen Smith scored the only field goal of overtime.

Savannah Kirby led West Wilson offensively with 11 points, and Smith provided 8.

Caldwell and Allie Thompson scored 6 points each for the Tigerettes, backed by Meador (5 points), Karly Ramsey (3), Carter (2) and Ellie Coley (2).

The Lady Wildcats advanced to face Rucker-Stewart in Thursday evening's championship game. Rucker-Stewart captured a 38-26 win over Richview in Monday afternoon's earlier semifinal.