Lady Cougars Advance in NEA
The second-seeded Rector Lady Cougars (6-7) advanced out of the first round of the NEA Tournament at Jonesboro on Saturday, beating conference foe Marked Tree (2-11) in overtime. They'll now take on Manila at 10:30 a.m. this Friday, Dec. 21, at the convocation center. Friday evening they visited Melbourne and fell by a wide margin to the talented Lady Bearkatz.
Playing in one of the early games in the bracket, the Lady Cougars led the Lady Indians 12-8 by the end of the first quarter. But, MT responded in the second frame, and pushed to a 24-22 advantage by intermission.
The third quarter was a taste of things to come, as the two squads battled to a 38-38 tie going into the fourth quarter. Trailing late, the Cougars got a pair of free throws from Ellie Ford to tie the game at 53-53 with just two-tenths of a second left in regulation.
Making a strong showing in the extra period, Kena Parrish hit a pair of three-pointers and Gabby Clark added a field goal and a free throw, as the Rector girls outscored the Lady Indians 9-5 in the frame to post the win by a final of 62-58.
On the night Clark led the team in scoring with 22, while Ford finished with 21 and Parrish had 16.
Meanwhile, the Lady Lions beat EPC 39-38 to advance to take on the Lady Cougars in the second round. The division championship game is set for noon on Dec. 28.
The Rector boys are the top seeds in their division, and get a bye to the second round. They'll take on the winner of the Palestine-Wheatley Cross County game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. With a win they'll advance to play at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27. The final in their division will be played at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.
The Rector girls made the long trip to Melbourne Friday evening for conference play, and came out on the short end of a 67-28 decision to the Lady Bearkatz. With the win, Melbourne moved to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play.