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Lady Screamin' Eagles are champs
Playing before a home crowd at Lynn, the Hillcrest Lady Screamin' Eagles claimed the championship of the 2A-2 District Basketball Tournament with a convincing 62-38 win over the Lady Bobcats of Walnut Ridge.
Both teams will advance to the 2A North Regional Tournament, which will be hosted by Cross County High School at Cherry Valley.
Hillcrest will face Riverside today at 4 p.m., while Walnut Ridge will play Bay Thursday at 7 p.m.
In the championship game, Hillcrest started strong, taking a 15-8 lead after one quarter. The Lady Bobcats got on track in the second quarter and cut Hillcrest's lead to 19-18 with 3:04 remaining in the half. The Lady Eagles were able to stay in front, though, and took a 23-19 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Hillcrest regained control of the game in the third period and extended their lead to 39-26 after three quarters. The Lady Eagles continued to pull away in the fourth quarter and both teams eventually emptied their benches.
Breanna Doyle led the Eagles with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Natalie Johnson notched 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jessica Broadway chipped in 11 points and two steals, and Amber Glenn closed with six points. Terra Polston and Lauren Pickle recorded four points each, and Miranda Doyle added three points. Shanda Mangold and Whitney Jones had two points each.
Chelsea Treadway led the Lady Cats with 13 points. Alivia Hackworth recorded seven points, and Chelsey Linebaugh had five. Rachel Looney notched four points, and Lacey Cobble added three. Amber Caldwell and Samantha Knight closed with two points each. Regan Jean and Jordan Rorex each added a free throw.
Hillcrest ~ Cedar Ridge
Hillcrest faced the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves in a semifinal round contest on Friday.
Cedar Ridge held a slim 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Hillcrest responded in the second quarter and earned a 19-19 tie at halftime.
The Lady Eagles turned on the defensive pressure in the second half and moved out to a 29-25 lead as the third quarter came to a close.
Doyle converted some late free throws, as Hillcrest held off the Lady Timberwolves in the final period to claim a 46-42 victory.
Doyle led the Lady Eagles with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Broadway contributed nine points, seven rebounds and two assists. Glenn notched seven points and 12 boards. Tamara Evans closed with five points, six rebounds and two steals, and Polston added three points.
The top seed in the girls bracket, Walnut Ridge, received a bye to the semifinal round. The Lady Bobcats saw their first action on Thursday against the Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Bobcats held a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The match continued to be tight throughout the first half, as Walnut Ridge took a slim 17-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Vanessa Oliver turned the momentum in Walnut Ridge's favor with two early baskets in the third quarter. The Lady Cats' defense limited Tuckerman to just two points in the period, as Walnut Ridge moved out to a 33-17 lead. The Lady Bobcats' defense continued to smother Tuckerman in the fourth quarter, as Walnut Ridge claimed a 41-26 win to advance to Saturday's finals.
Looney led the Lady Cats with 13 points. Oliver notched nine points, and Hackworth chipped in with eight. Cobble added six points. Treadway closed with four points, and Linebaugh recorded a free throw.
The Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds and the Hillcrest Lady Screamin' Eagles faced off in a second-round match on Feb. 12.
The Lady Eagles grabbed a 13-8 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 28-20 at halftime.
Sloan-Hendrix came out strong after the break and cut the Lady Eagles' lead to 36-34 entering the final period. Hillcrest was able to withstand the Lady Hounds' charge and went on to post a 57-49 victory to advance to a semifinal contest on Friday.
Doyle led Hillcrest with 20 points. Broadway added nine points, and Whitney Jones notched eight. Johnson chipped in seven points, and Glenn had six. Evans contributed four points, and Pickle closed with three.
Katelyn Morris and Amy Green each had 10 points for Sloan-Hendrix. Amanda Green contributed eight points, while Christie Caldwell, Kristin Belcher and Latricia Mans each recorded six points. Hannah Rowsey closed with two points, and Megan Break added a free throw.
The Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds defeated the White County Central Lady Bears in a first-round barnburner on Feb. 11
The Lady Bears slipped out to an 11-8 lead after one quarter, but Sloan-Hendrix took charge in the second period and moved into a 26-23 lead at the end of the first half.
The battle continued in the second half, as WCC fought back to forge a 33-33 tie at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Greyhounds bounced back in the final period to eke out a 51-49 win and advance to the next round.
Amanda Green led the Lady Hounds with 20 points. Katelyn Morris added 13 points, and Belcher notched seven. Rowsey and Break had three points each. Mans and Caldwell added two points each, and Kara Morris closed with a free throw.
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