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Cats advance to NEA semifinals

Walnut Ridge's Drew Flippo moves the ball down the floor as he is guarded by a Cave City player during NEA second-round action Monday night. The Bobcats won 57-50 to advance to the semifinals.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

The Walnut Ridge senior boys basketball team defeated Cave City 57-50 in the second round of the NEA Invitational Tournament Monday evening at Jonesboro. The Bobcats were scheduled to play top-seeded Valley View in the Division II boys semifinals Tuesday night at 9 p.m.

Against the Cavemen, Walnut Ridge trailed early, but went on runs of 9-2 and 8-0 to lead 22-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats led 31-21 at the intermission, and stretched the advantage to 43-26 early in the third period. Cave City fought back and cut the Cats' lead to 43-34 at the end of the quarter, and got to within 52-49 late in the fourth quarter. Walnut Ridge then went on a 5-1 run to end the game.

Kenzie Flippo led Walnut Ridge with 21 points. Kyle Nunley scored 12 points, and Luke Wall added 10. Luke Harper led the team with eight rebounds, while Tristan Hoffman grabbed seven boards.

Senior girls

The Walnut Ridge girls fell to Cedar Ridge 66-27 in the first round of the Division II girls tournament on Dec. 23.

The Lady Bobcats played tough at the outset, trailing only 10-9 at one point. Cedar Ridge, however, went on a 14-0 run to move out to a 24-9 lead, and led 42-22 at halftime. The Lady Timberwolves outscored Walnut Ridge 15-5 in the third quarter to put the game away.

Sunnie Cunningham scored 13 points for the Lady Bobcats.

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