Lady Tribe and junior Lady Tribe battle Bay and BIC

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tribune Sports Staff

Last Tuesday night at Bay, the Lady Indians (1-13) of Marked Tree spotted the Lady Yellowjackets of Bay a 43-27 lead through three quarters, then stormed back with a 16-7 run in the fourth, but fell short, dropping the rematch with their conference rival 50-43.

"We played fairley well," coach Luke Lovins said later. "We kept it close and made a run at the end, but we just couldn't get the shots to drop. We had a chance to win, though, and I was proud of the effort."

Shera Givan and Yolanda Munday punched in 11 and 10 points respectively for the Lady Indians but were unable to crack the Bay's composure. Conversely, only one Lady 'Jacket scored in double figures as Lacy Staten hit for a game-high 12.

Also putting points up for the lady Tribe were Emma Terrell with six, Mary Davis and Deziree Tull five each, Christy Plunkett five and Patrice Powell two.

Jr. Indians 42, Jr. 'Jackets 28

The junior game prior to the Tribe's contest was basically a reversal of what the senior girls were to experience with the Junior Lady Indians (8-5) taking control of the game from the very beginning and never relinquishing it on the way to a 42-28 win.

"We didn't play as well as I know we can," Lovins said. "We did play hard enough to make up for the mistakes and win."

A 24-12 halftime lead gave Marked Tree the cushion they need to coast for much of the rest of the game, in the process, allowing the majority of the team to register points.

Amelia Stacy and Rachel Young led their team with 14 and 12 points respectively, while Hannah Ghant hit for seven, Shaniqua Udell four, Shelby Beck and Quandedra Perry two and Deidre Stacy one.

No one for Bay made it into double figures.

Lady Mustangs 64,

Lady Indains 32

Friday night, the Indians were on the road again as they traveled to Monette to meet the league-leading BIC Lady Mustangs.

"BIC is without a doubt the class of the conference," Lovins said. "There are not many teams around that can play with them. Their team is just filled with good athletes who shot the ball well. They can run, defend, get the easy baskets and the hard ones. They just do whatever they have to to win."

Showing their prowess from the very first, the Lady Mustangs hit the Lady Indians with a 20-4 first period and never looked back. They slacked off slightly in the second and third periods, put fired up the engines again to close out the game with a 14-5 final quarter and a 64-32 final score.

Three BIC players accounted for most of their team's points with Jessica Shepherd scoring 18, Sammi Fowler 12 and Lauryn Smith 10.

For the Lady Indians, only Tull was able to break the 10-point barrier, scoring 12. She was followed by Givan with nine, Davis seven, Munday three and Terrell one.

Jr. Indians 31, Jr. Mustangs 29

From the very start, the Junior Lady Indians had their hands full with the BIC junior ladies, but they managed to hold off the upset-minded hosts with a 9-2 final quarter to preserve the 31-29 victory.

"This was one of the best games all year," Lovins said. "It was fun to coach and fun to watch. It had the best atmosphere of any game and we had some really good fan support. We started 0-7 in the first couple of minutes but came back."

Right off the bat BIC made it clear that they were not going to be pushovers as they took the opening quarter, 11-6. Their lead dwindled slightly by the half as they were up only two, 15-13. They drew back ahead by five in the third, though, 27-22, to go into the final and deciding final period.

Young's 13 and Stacy's 10 once again paced the Junior Lady Indians' victory. Ghant also contributed with three while Udell and Paris Mills added two each.

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