Lady Warriors lose to Rivercrest in NEA Tournament
The Rivercrest Lady Colts jumped out to a 21-7 first period lead over the EPC Lady Warriors in their opening round game of the girls Division II NEA Invitational Tournament last Thursday at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro before going on to post a 51-53 victory.
Damonique Brown scored the first four points for the Lady Colts as worked her way down low for a score and then hit a jumper to put Rivercrest up 4-0 with 5:47 left in the first. Tianna Smith scored on a lay up for the Lady Colts and Taylor Harris hit two free throws to make the Rivercrest 8-0 with 3:44 to go. Teria Young got EPC on the board with a three-pointer at the 3:32 mark to make it 8-3. Brown hit a pair of free throws before Harris scored the next seven points with three lay ups and and a free throw to make it 17-3 with 1:48 to play. Young hit one of two free throws for EPC with 1:41 left to make it 17-4. The Lady Colts got two more free throws from Brown and a offensive rebound basket from Harris to push the Rivercrest lead to 2-14. Synteria Ward hit one of two free throws at 54 seconds and Hinton got an offensive rebound and scored at 15 seconds left to make the score 21-7 after the first period.
Ward cut the lead to 12 with a lay up at 7:30 of the second period. Kbila Parker and Harris scored back to back baskets to push the lead to 25-9 Rivercrest. Hinton hit a free throw before Kelsie Wilson of Rivercrest got a basket inside to make it 27-10 with 6:12 left before half. Ward hit one of two free throws for EPC and Harris scored inside for the Lady Colts to make the score 29-11. Alicia Ross got inside at 4:32 for the Lady Warrior making it 29-13 and then Brown scored seven straight points for Rivercrest making the score 35-13 with 3:40 to go. Shantelle Moore scored inside for Rivercrest to push the lead to 24 at 37-13. EPC's Melissa Baldwin was fouled shooting a three and hit two of three free throws to make it 37-15 Rivercrest. Moore and Ross traded inside baskets before Wilson made a basket for the Lady Colts to make it 41-17 with one minute left in the second period. Young hit two free throws and then got a steal and lay up while being fouled. Young's free throw with 10 seconds left set the half time score at 41-22.
Smith opened the third period with an inside basket for Rivercrest pushing the lead to 43-22 at 7:21 left to play. Young hit a short jumper to make it 43-24 before Smith got inside again for a basket to make it 45-24. Ross scored back to back baskets cutting the lead to 45-28 with 5:07 left. Alina Cruz hit back to back jumper for the Lady Colts to push the lead back to 21 at 49-28. EPC cut the lead to 15 as Ross, Young and Ward each scored a basket making it 49-34 with 1:52 left to play. The teams traded the next four baskets before the period ended as Brown scored on a runner in the lane, Ross grabbed an offensive rebound and scored, Harris got inside for two and Ross worked it down low for a score. Rivercrest led 53-38 after three periods.
Ross scored two buckets inside around a basket from Brown to make the score 55-42 with 6:18 left in the fourth. Cruz hit another jumper for Rivercrest and Harris hit a free throw to make it 58-42 with 5:40 left to play. Young scored inside for EPC and was fouled at 5:17. Young was good on her free throw making it 58-45 Lady Colts. Wilson hit two free throws for Rivercrest and Alyson Phillips hit a runner in the lane for EPC before Harris scored the next six points to put Rivercrest up 66-47 with 3:15 left in the game. Ward hit a lay up for EPC at 2:35 only to see the Lady Colts score the next five points to stretch the lead 71-49. Smith hit a free throw, Harris scored off an offensive rebound and Veonia Wilson made a basket during the run. Tanna Tacker hit one of two free throws for EPC with 45 seconds left and Baldwin hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left for the Lady Warriors to set the final score at 71-53.
"Embarrassing!" is what EPC coach Bobby Lewallen said after the game. "We couldn't make a shot or get a rebound. We didn't do anything well today," Lewallen added.
Ross led the Lady Warriors with 18 points and Young added 16. Rivercrest's Harris led all scores with 26 points and Brown scored 18.