The Ringgold Lady Tigers, who had dropped five of their past six games, came into Tuesday's subregion battle with Coahulla Creek desperate for a momentum-shifting victory with the region tournament set to begin on Monday.
And that's exactly what they got.
The Blue-and-White staved off a third-quarter rally by the Lady Colts and turned up the pressure offensively in the final period to pick up an important 52-42 home victory.
Ringgold (10-12, 4-7) led 26-16 in the early parts of the third quarter when the visitors from Varnell begin to finally assert themselves.
A 6-0 run midway through the period cut the Lady Tigers' lead down to four points and had the Coahulla Creek bench and its fans on their feet as they begin to smell a comeback.
But Ringgold would come out of the timeout with their game faces on. They would close out the quarter on an 8-3 run, capped buy an off-balance 16-footer from Maggie Reed at the buzzer. The shot served as Reed's only two points of the night, but it was arguably the biggest momentum swing of the game.
The Lady Colts would finally get their offense on track in the fourth as they put up 17 points. However, Ringgold would match them and then some by pouring in 18 of their own to claim the double-digit win.
Kaylee Womack had the hot hand for the Lady Tigers with 14 points. The senior also grabbed eight rebounds. Sydney Pittman scored 10 points and dished out four assists, while Rachel Akers had seven points and a team-high 13 boards.
Shelby Cole also had seven points and picked up five steals, while Lauren Terrell added seven points. Riley Nayadley had five points and pulled down seven rebounds to round out the scoring.
In the night's final contest, the Tigers moved to 18-5 overall and 10-2 in the region with a 55-45 win.
Chandler Chastain had 13 points for Ringgold, followed by Corey Johnson with 11 and Ammon Murphy with eight. Logan Hullender and Cade Nayadley had six points each, while Blake Goldsmith chipped in with five.
Both teams will be back at home on Friday for the final regular season games of the year against Murray County, starting with the girls' game at 7 p.m. It will also be Senior Night.