February 25, 2015 Edition

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advance to district finals



Walnut Ridge's Kenzie Flippo shoots over a White County Central defender during the finals of the 2A-2 District Tournament. In the background is Bobcat Luke Wall. WCC edged the Cats 54-52 in overtime to claim the title.
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Lady Greyhound Alyssa Nichols looks for an open teammate during the championship game of the 2A-2 District Tournament against Tuckerman. Sloan-Hendrix finished with runner-up honors, falling to the host Lady Bulldogs 43-39.

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Sloan-Hendrix girls and Walnut Ridge boys each advanced to their respective finals of the 2A-2 District Basketball Tournament at Tuckerman. The Lady Greyhounds fell to host Tuckerman 43-39 in the girls final, while the Bobcats fell to White County Central 54-52 in the boys final.

S-H ~ Tuckerman girls

The Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds led Tuckerman 26-21 at halftime of the girls final, but the Lady Bulldogs came back in the third quarter to take a 31-30 lead after three quarters. Tuckerman went on to outscore the Lady Hounds 12-9 in the final period to take the win.

Brittany Gosha led Sloan-Hendrix with 12 points, while Alyssa Nichols contributed nine points.

WR ~ WCC boys

White County Central led the boys final 10-9 at the end of the first quarter and 26-22 at halftime. Walnut Ridge outscored the Bears 9-2 in the third quarter to take a 31-28 lead after three quarters. WCC rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the contest at 52-52 at the end of regulation. The Bears won the opening tip of the overtime period and held the ball until the final minute. Nyklas Glass scored the only points of the period off an offensive rebound to give the Bears the win.

Kenzie Flippo led Walnut Ridge with 22 points. Spencer Wilson finished with 13 points, and Martin Crisler added 11.

S-H ~ Salem girls

The Sloan-Hendrix senior girls earned their spot in the finals with a 65-56 win over Salem's Lady Greyhounds in the semifinals on Saturday.

Sloan-Hendrix led 9-8 after one quarter, but trailed Salem 27-22 at intermission. Sloan-Hendrix rallied in the third quarter to take a 44-38 lead into the fourth quarter, and outscored Salem 21-18 in the final period to secure the win.

Gosha scored 26 points for Sloan-Hendrix, which included hitting 13-of-16 free throws. Brenda McCain chipped in 14 points, and Maegan Brown added 11 points.

WR ~ Pangburn boys

Kenzie Flippo scored 36 points to lead Walnut Ridge to a 78-64 win over Pangburn in a boys semifinal contest on Saturday.

The Bobcats had a one-point lead, 12-11, at the end of the first quarter before stretching the lead to double digits, 37-25, at halftime. Walnut Ridge maintained its advantage throughout the second half, leading 51-49 after three quarters and holding off the Tigers in the fourth quarter.

Crisler added 18 points, and Wilson finished with 11 for Walnut Ridge.

S-H ~ Tuckerman boys

The Sloan-Hendrix senior boys lost a triple-overtime thriller to the host Tuckerman Bulldogs in district tournament action on Thursday.

Tuckerman led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter, but the Greyhounds played a strong second period to take a 32-27 halftime lead. Sloan-Hendrix continued to lead 45-40 after three quarters, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game 65-65 at the end of regulation. The teams were tied at 70-all after the first overtime and 78-all after the second overtime, before Tuckerman outscored the Greyhounds 14-6 in the third overtime period to take the win.

Tyler Murphy led Sloan-Hendrix with 29 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Matt Wilkins finished with 16 points. Kyle Murphy had 13 points and six assists, and Logan McCain turned in a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"We had multiple opportunities to win and should have capitalized on those opportunities," said Sloan-Hendrix coach Jeremy Cude. "I'm proud of how these young men continued to battle, even with five players fouling out. I'm sad for the seniors, whose careers ended, but excited about the future with our younger guys," added Cude.

S-H ~ WCC girls

The Sloan-Hendrix girls defeated White County Central 50-42 on Thursday.

The Lady Greyhounds were led by Brown, who scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. McCain added 11 points.

WR ~ Pangburn girls

The Walnut Ridge senior girls' season ended with a 55-48 loss to Pangburn in the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 18.

Pangburn led 21-19 at halftime and 33-26 after three quarters.

Allyson McQuay led Walnut Ridge with 19 points.

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