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Sloan-Hendrix's Tyler Booth moves the ball for the Greyhounds during the team's 76-34 loss to Bay in the first round of the NEA Invitational on Dec. 21.
Submitted Photo ~ Starlia Rowsey

BR, S-H girls advance in NEA

Walnut Ridge Audrey McElrath pulls ups for a shot during the Lady Bobcats' loss to East Poinsett County in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at Arkansas State University. Teammate Anna Bland can be seen in the background.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Senior high basketball teams from four Lawrence County schools competed in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament last week at ASU Convocation Center.

The Black Rock and Sloan-Hendrix senior girls each earned first-round victories to advance to the second round.

BR - Hillcrest girls

The Black Rock Lady Zebras picked up their first win of the basketball season in surprising fashion, defeating the Hillcrest Lady Screamin' Eagles 63-51 in a first-round matchup on Friday.

It was the third game of the season between the two teams, with the Lady Eagles winning the first two meetings handily.

The Lady Zebras started off with a hot hand, hitting four three-pointers in the first quarter to jump out to a 17-12 lead. Black Rock pushed the lead to eight points in the second period, at 30-22, but Hillcrest's Shea Durham canned a long two-point jumper at the buzzer to bring the Lady Eagles to within 30-24 at the break.

Black Rock continued to find the range from behind the arc in the third quarter and led by as many as 14 before ending the period with a 46-34 advantage.

The Lady Zebras stretched their lead to 19 points in the fourth quarter, and never let Hillcrest get closer than the final margin of 12 points.

Several Lady Zebras turned in big performances. Sarah Penn scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Cheyanne Vance pulled down 20 rebounds to go with her 12 points. Kaylie Hammock had a double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and had four assists. Ranie Robinett finished with 13 points and four assists, while Christian Ervin had six points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

For Hillcrest, Lindsey Crews scored 15 points. Mackenzie Nunnally had 13 points, and Kellie Beasley added 10.

The Lady Zebras lost their second-round matchup to Crowley's Ridge Academy 49-42 on Tuesday.

S-H - Augusta girls

Sara Childress scored on an offensive rebound with eight seconds remaining to lift the Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds to a 47-46 victory over Augusta on Friday.

Augusta led for most of the first half and carried a three-point advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Sloan-Hendrix turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, forcing Augusta into 11 turnovers in the period. Despite the turnovers, the Lady Red Devils were able to hold onto a 36-34 lead, thanks to poor free-throw shooting on the part of the Lady Greyhounds.

Sloan-Hendrix took its first lead of the game at 38-36 early in the fourth quarter, but Augusta then ran off six straight points to reclaim the lead.

With the Lady Devils leading 46-45 in the final minute, a shot by Madicyn Huddleston was off the mark, but Childress was in position for the rebound and was able to put in the game winner.

Augusta had a final opportunity, but committed a traveling violation before getting off a shot.

Huddleston led Sloan-Hendrix with 14 points, while Britney Wolfe added 11.

The Lady Greyhound were defeated by Marked Tree 62-47 in second-round action on Tuesday.

Hillcrest - Ridgefield boys

The Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles were the victims of a second-half rally by Ridgefield Christian, falling to the Warriors 60-58 on Friday.

Hillcrest carried a 47-46 lead into the final period, but Ridgefield tied the contest at 52-52 with 3:33 to play. After taking the lead at 54-52, Ridgefield was able to connect on enough free throws to hold the Eagles at bay.

Zach Doyle led Hillcrest with 20 points, and Colman Evans scored 10.

WR - Osceola boys

The Osceola Seminoles defeated the Walnut Ridge Bobcats 71-43 on Friday evening.

Range Weeks scored 15 points, and Hunter Flippo added 12 for the Bobcats.

WR - EPC girls

Walnut Ridge's Lady Bobcats were defeated in the first round by East Poinsett County 53-38 on Thursday.

Daniel Vaughn had 13 points for the Lady Cats.

BR - Augusta boys

The Black Rock Zebras fell to the Augusta Red Devils 67-28 in a first-round game on Dec. 21.

The Red Devils pulled out to a 40-21 halftime lead and continued their domination in the second half.

Derrek Nunally had 10 points, while Sam Clem tossed in nine for the Zebras.

S-H - Bay boys

The Bay Yellowjackets defeated Sloan-Hendrix 76-34 in an opening-round contest on Dec. 21.

Bay led 19-11 at the end of the first quarter, 41-14 at halftime and 66-24 after three periods.

Daniel Rowsey scored 15 points, and Tyler Booth added 14 for Sloan-Hendrix.

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