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The Jefferson County Lady Patriots saw their lead slip away in the fourth quarter on the road against the Alcoa Lady Tornadoes Tuesday evening.

After holding an advantage at the end of the first three quarters, Alcoa outscored the Lady Patriots 18-13 to scrape out a 57-56 victory.

Jefferson County (4-7) led 15-9 after the first quarter as Kali McMahan and Makenzie Alvey combined for 13 points. The lead stuck with the Lady Patriots by halftime as they brought a 26-24 lead into the second half.

Nine of the 26 points for Jefferson County came from the foul stripe in the first two quarters.

At the end of three, the Lady Patriots remained ahead with a 43-39 lead thanks to McMahan’s 11 points in the period.

Then Alcoa (3-4) found the rhythm it needed to overtake Jefferson County’s lead. Karli Haworth scored nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Tornadoes grab the late lead.

Haworth led Alcoa with 24 points.

McMahan finished with a game-high 26 points and Alvey followed with 14 points. Tara Scales finished with eight points, Zoie Denton had four and Brooke Satterfield and Lily Beth Johnston each pitched in two.

Jefferson County suffers its fourth loss in a row but will look to bounce back Friday in its first District 2-AAAA matchup against Morristown West at home.

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