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Walnut Ridge's Vanessa Oliver looks upcourt as she advances the ball against the Strong Lady Bulldogs in the first round of the 2A State Basketball Tournament at Jessieville on Feb. 27. Strong won the game 55-48 to end the Lady Bobcats' season.
Submited Photo ~ Ashley George

Lady Cats
fall to Strong

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

It was a battle of Cats and Dogs as Walnut Ridge's Lady Bobcats faced the Lady Bulldogs of Strong in the first round of the 2A State Basketball Tournament on Feb. 27 at Jessieville.

The teams battled back and fourth the entire night, with Strong holding leads of 14-10 after one quarter, 29-28 at halftime and 41-40 at the end of the third period.

Trailing in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bobcats were forced to foul, sending Strong to the charity stripe. The Lady Bulldogs converted their free throw opportunities to pull away for a 55-48 win.

Vanessa Oliver led Walnut Ridge with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Alivia Hackworth chipped in 12 points and had three rebounds. Chelsea Treadway recorded eight points, three rebounds and two assists.

Rachel Looney notched seven points, five rebounds and six blocks. Jordan Rorex added six points, four rebounds and three steals, and Lacey Cobble recorded two rebounds.

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