By Doug Gorman
The Mundy's Mill Lady Tigers might just be able to give head coach Lonnie Farmer a late Christmas president.
With a victory Monday over Riverwood, Mundy's Mill will win the Charger Hooptacular at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.
Tip off for the championship game is set for 7 p.m.
The Lady Tigers set the stage for their tournament victory with a 61-53 victory over Eastside that was close until the fourth quarter.
Tandra High helped the Lady Tigers pull ahead 29-28 at the end of the first half when she hit on her second straight basket with less than a minute remaining in the first half.
Neither team wanted to grab the momentum early in the third quarter. Eastside's biggest lead was only one point on two occasions.
The Lady Tigers pulled away for a short time in the third quarter, building the margin to as many five points thanks to the play of Nekia Sockwell who scored five straight points.
Her first basket during the spurt broke a tie and gave the Lady Tigers a 36-34 lead.
She then struck again with a long-range 3-point shot to up the Tigers lead to 39-36 with 4:16 remaining in the period.
Teammate Precious Baugh also got into the act with a basket to give the Lady Tigers one of their largest leads of the game through the third period at 41-36.
Eastside struck for the final basket of the third quarter when Alexia Somerset cut the Lady Tigers ' lead to 41-38.
In the fourth period the roof caved in on Eastside as the Lady Tigers took a seven-point lead early in the period when Leesha Brown converted a basket to give Mundy's Mill a 49-42 lead.
A technical on the Eastside bench didn't help the Lady Eagles' cause as Mundy's Mill took advantage, pulling out to a lead that reached 61-51 with 57 seconds remaining in the contest.
High led all scorers with 24 points. Baugh and Kristan Scott added 10 en route to the Lady Tigers' win.
With the win, Mundy's Mill improves to 6-6.
Riverwood 48, Forest Park 46: The Riverwood Lady Raiders haven't managed to win many games this year.
But if they shoot free throws like they did against Forest Park in the second round of the Charger Hooptacular at Eagle's Landing Christian on Saturday, many more victories might just come their way.
Against the Lady Panthers, Riverwood hit 21 straight free throws through the fourth quarter to keep control of the game.
In the end, it was the difference as the Lady Raiders held of the Lady Panthers 48-46.
With the victory, Riverwood plays Mundy's Mill in the finals Monday at 7.
Forest Park took control of game early, leading 14-10 at the end of the first quarter, and 22-20 at the break.
The Lady Panthers grabbed some second-quarter momentum when Katheleen Sengsavath connected on two 3-point shots.
Her second trey of the quarter gave the Lady Panthers a 22-16 lead right before the end of the first half.
It was Forest Park's last points of the period.
Riverwood had its most productive stanza in the third quarter as it took a 31-27 lead heading into the fourth period.
The game started to turn in the Lady Raiders' favor in the opening seconds of the third quarter when Shannel Wright drilled a three-point shot to push Riverwood into the lead.
Riverwood's Jennifer Nwockocha made an old-fahion three-point shot, hitting the basket and drilling a free throw to give the Lady Raiders a 38-32 lead.
As good as the Lady Raiders' free throw shooting was, the team's first misses late in the game nearly proved to be their down fall.
Wright missed four shots from behind the line late to help the Lady Panthers keep the game close.
Forest Park took advantage of some missed opportunities in the game. Ashlee Cole and Sengsavath each hit 3-point shots during the final period, but it wasn't enough.
Despite her misses down the stretch, Wright did convert on one big attempt from the free throw line late to secure the win for Riverwood.
Cole paced Forest Park wth 17 and Sengsavath added 13. Wright added 17 for Riverwood.