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Lady Bobcat Chelsey Linebaugh guards an Armorel player in Walnut Ridge's first-round, 49-23 victory. The Lady Cats advanced to the second round, where they lost to Bay.
TD Photos ~ Debbie Richey

WR, Hillcrest girls advance
to second round of tourney

Black Rock's Jessica Rudd plays defense during the Lady Zebras' preliminary-round win. Black Rock won 62-15 over the Ridgefield Christian girls before falling in the first round to Cedar Ridge.

Sloan-Hendrix's Amanda Green makes a pass around an Izard County Consolidated defender during the first round of the NEA Invitational. The Lady Greyounds lost the matchup 57-47.

Hillcrest's Natalie Johnson takes a shot over a Rector defender in the second round the NEA Invitational. The Lady Screamin' Eagles came up short, ending tournament play with a 61-44 loss.
Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The NEA Invitational Tournament got underway at Jonesboro on Dec. 21. Four Lawrence County teams competed in the girls 1A & 2A bracket.

Second round
Walnut Ridge ~ Bay

The Walnut Ridge and Bay girls tipped off in a second-round game on Dec. 26.

The Lady Bobcats seized a 17-9 first-quarter lead. The physical match continued, with the Lady Cats moving out to a 28-16 lead at the halftime break.

Walnut Ridge's defense grounded the Lady Yellowjackets in the third quarter, as the Lady Cats held a 38-29 third-quarter lead. The Lady Jackets took flight in the final quarter, though, as they rallied over the Lady Cats, taking a close 49-45 victory.

For Walnut Ridge, Chelsea Treadway had 12 points and four steals. Rachel Looney had a double-double, with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Vanessa Oliver had 11 points and two assists, and Alivia Hackworth had 11 points. Jordan Rorex had two assists and three steals.

Hillcrest ~ Rector

The day after Christmas was no holiday for the Hillcrest Lady Screamin' Eagles, as they faced the Rector Lady Cougars in a second-round contest.

The Lady Cougars slipped into a 13-8 first-quarter lead. After a 20-minute delay for an ill fan, the second quarter began and the Lady Cougars continued to connect for baskets, taking a 36-20 halftime lead.

Despite being plagued by fouls and turnovers, Hillcrest was able to cut into the Rector lead slightly in the third period and trailed by 12 points heading into the final period. Rector would not be denied, however, and the Lady Eagles were dealt a vacation for the rest of the year, as the Lady Cougars took a 61-44 win.

Jessica Broadway poured in 20 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Breanna Doyle followed with 15 points, and Natalie Johnson notched four. Tamara Evans contributed three points, while Amber Glenn and Lauren Pickle each closed with a free throw.

First round
Hillcrest ~ Weiner

The Hillcrest Lady Screamin' Eagles earned their way into the second round with a 61-46 first-round win over the Lady Cardinals of Weiner on Dec. 22.

Hillcrest captured an early 17-9 lead after the first quarter and led 30-21 at halftime.

Hillcrest continued to dominate the Lady Cardinals in the third quarter, taking a 51-28 lead heading into the final period. Doyle led Hillcrest with 16 points, and Glenn followed with 15. Pickle and Broadway had nine points each. Terra Polston added seven points, and Kaylie Durham notched three points. Evans and Johnson each added a free throw.

Walnut Ridge ~ Armorel

Walnut Ridge's Lady Bobcats faced the Armorel Lady Tigers in a first-round match on Dec. 21.

The Lady Bobcats slipped out to an 11-8 first-quarter lead. Walnut Ridge began to pull away in the second period, taking a 33-10 lead at halftime.

The Lady Cats continued to knock down baskets and increased their lead to 44-15 at the close of the third quarter and went on to win by a score of 49-23.

Looney led the Lady Cats with 13 points. Treadway followed with 10 points and two assists. Oliver added nine points, two assists and three steals. Hackworth notched seven points, and Chelsey Linebaugh recorded five. Carrie Massey added three points, and Staci Spargo closed with two.

Sloan-Hendrix ~ Izard County Consolidated

The Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds and ICC Lady Cougars faced off in the first round on Dec. 21.

The Lady Cougars slipped into a 10-9 lead closing the first quarter and continued to lead the Lady Hounds 23-17 at halftime.

The Lady Hounds halted the Cougars and came alive in the third quarter, outscoring ICC 18-9 to take a 35-32 lead into the final period. Despite the Lady Hounds explosion after halftime, the Lady Cougars edged their way back, taking a 57-47 victory.

Amanda Green led the Lady Greyhounds with 17 points. Katelyn Morris contributed seven points. Christie Caldwell and Kristin Belcher closed with four points each, and Hannah Rowsey added two points.

Black Rock ~ Cedar Ridge

The Black Rock Lady Zebras faced the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves in a first-round contest on Dec. 22.

The Lady Wolves ran out to an 18-9 first-quarter lead and held a 23-15 lead over the Lady Zebras at halftime.

Black Rock was unable to come up with the points they needed, as the Lady Timberwolves charged into a 37-17 third-quarter lead. Despite the Lady Zebras' effort, they fell to Cedar Ridge 53-44.

Black Rock was led by Ashley Stallings with 14 points. Stephanie Bagwell contributed nine points, and Brittany Anderson followed with eight. Jessica Rudd added six points. Jordan Fore notched four points, and Whitney Martin closed with three.

Preliminary round
Black Rock ~ Ridgefield Christian

The Black Rock girls opened the tournament with a convincing 62-15 win over the Ridgefield Christian Lady Warriors in the preliminary round on Dec. 21.

The Lady Zebras wasted no time in putting the Lady Warriors away, bursting out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead. Black Rock held Ridgefield to only four points in the second quarter and led 34-8 at halftime.

As the third quarter came to a close, Black Rock's lead had increased to 44-12, bringing the mercy rule into effect.

Tiffany Pentecost led the Lady Zebras with 17 points, and Martin added 14. Bagwell contributed nine points, and Stallings notched seven. Rudd added five points, and Anderson closed with three. Amber Lamb recorded two points, and Fore added a free throw.

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