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Lady Cats advance
to NEA semifinals



Lady Bobcat Caroline Kelley looks for an open teammate during Walnut Ridge's 64-32 victory over Cross County during NEA Invitational Tournament action on Dec. 23.
TD Photos ~ Ashley George


Walnut Ridge's Spencer Wilson shoots between two Armorel defenders during a first-round NEA game on Dec. 21. Wilson led the Cats with 15 points, but Armorel claimed the win to advance.

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats won a pair of games in the annual Northeast Arkansas Invitational Basketball Tournament at Jonesboro over the holiday break. The Lady Cats posted victories over Cross County and Izard County Consolidated before falling to Rector in the Division I semifinals on Saturday.

Tournament results involving Lawrence County teams included:

Saturday
WR - Rector girls

Rector's Kendal Gunn scored all of her 20 points in the first half in leading the Lady Cougars to a 58-44 victory over Walnut Ridge in a girls Division I semifinal game.

Caroline Kelley led the Lady Bobcats in scoring with nine points, and Tiye Flowers had 10 rebounds.

Friday
S-H - BIC girls

Buffalo Island Central used a strong defensive effort in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 62-43 win in girls Division I second-round action.

The Lady Greyhounds trailed 12-11 after one quarter and were within 43-39 at the end of the third quarter. BIC's defense held Sloan-Hendrix to one field goal in the final period, allowing the Lady Mustangs to pull away.

Thursday
WR - ICC

Walnut Ridge's Lady Bobcats outscored Izard County Consolidated 10-1 in the final three minutes to earn a 64-55 win in second-round action of the girls Division I bracket.

Walnut Ridge led 52-44 after three quarters, but a 10-2 run by ICC tied the score at 54-54 with three minutes to play. The Lady Cats regrouped and went on their own run to close out the game.

Allyson McQuay led Walnut Ridge with 26 points. Anna Bland scored 12 points, and Kelley added 10.

Monday, Dec. 23
WR - Cross County girls

The Lady Bobcats got off to a fast start and coasted to a 64-32 first-round win over Cross County.

Hannah Massey led Walnut Ridge with 15 points. McQuay scored 14 points, and Sunnie Cunningham added 11. Flowers led the Lady Cats with 15 rebounds, and Cunningham grabbed eight boards.

Saturday, Dec. 21
S-H - Armorel girls

Sloan-Hendrix's Lady Greyhounds advanced to the second round of the girls Division I bracket with a 55-48 overtime victory over Armorel.

Britney Wolfe led Sloan-Hendrix with 23 points, and Alyssa Nichols scored 18.

Hoxie - Harrisburg girls

Harrisburg's Lady Hornets broke open a close game in the second half to pull away for a 62-40 victory over Hoxie in first-round action in the Division II girls bracket.

The game was close in the first half, with Harrisburg leading 8-6 after one quarter and 23-22 at halftime. The Lady Hornets extended their lead to 10 points with a 9-0 run to start the third period and led 41-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

Brandy Alls led Hoxie with 22 points. Courtney Sears and Krista Vankirk each scored seven points.

Hoxie - Westside boys

The Hoxie boys first-round game against Westside went much the same way at the Lady Mustangs' game.

The Mustangs trailed just 15-14 at the end of the first quarter and 32-27 at halftime, but managed just 14 points in the second half in a 61-41 loss to the Warriors.

Noah Adamson scored 12 points, and Alex Carter added 11 for Hoxie.

WR - Armorel boys

The Armorel Tigers ousted Walnut Ridge 44-29 in boys Division I action. Spencer Wilson had 15 points, and Drake Smelser added five for the Bobcats.

BR - Bay boys

The Bay Yellowjackets defeated the Black Rock Zebras 44-26.

Bay led 11-9 after one quarter and 20-16 at the intermission before pulling away in the second half.

Derrek Nunally and Ryan Roberts led the Zebras with seven points apiece.

S-H - EPC boys

East Poinsett County defeated the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds 67-27.

EPC led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter, before Sloan-Hendrix cut the deficit to 22-16 late in the second period. The Warriors outscored the Hounds 45-11 over the remainder of the contest to take the win.

BR - ICC girls

Izard County Consolidated jumped out to a 33-8 lead and went on to defeat Black Rock's Lady Zebras 59-26.

Destyni Caldwell and Caylia Ervin each scored nine points for Black Rock.

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