Laura Lopez led the Crossville girls with 13 points in a 65-46 loss to Section in a Sand Mountain Tournament varsity play-in game, eliminating them from tournament contention at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville on Monday night.

With the win, Section (1-8) captured the tournament’s No. 8 seed and advanced to play top-seeded Pisgah in the first round at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Madison Armstrong led Section with a game-high 22 points, Savannah White and Jennifer Vega scored 13 points apiece.

Section led 19-11 after the first period and extended its lead to 36-23 at the half. Briseyda Gonzalez inbounded to Hailey Haston for a layup to pull Crossville (5-5) within 29-16 with 2:55 remaining in the opening half, before Haston made a pair of free throws and Yazmin De la Cruz sank a 3-pointer to make it 31-21 with 2 minutes left.

Jennifer Vega scored a transition layup, Makenna Arndt scored off an offensive rebound and White added a free throw for Section before intermission.

Section pushed its lead to 51-37 by the end of the third period. Lopez drew a foul and converted a 3-point play to pull Crossville within 15 points with 3:38 to play in the quarter, Lopez found Kinsley Henderson for a corner 3-pointer and Sofia Velazquez Jaurez scored off an offensive rebound before the quarter expired. 

Section extended its lead to 20 points  with 5:05 remaining in regulation after Armstrong stole the ball and scored a layup.

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