Lady Wildcats tumble in NEA opener

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Trumann's game plan worked well the first quarter as they trailed 10-9. Cedar Ridge must have figured out the game plan as they took a 12 point at half and blew the game open in third as they scored the first 22 points of the quarter on their way to a 53-26 win in the opening round of the girls' Division II NEA Invitational Tournament in Jonesboro.

Lady Wildcat Hannah Wood brings the ball up court during Trumann's NEA Invitational Tournament contest against Cedar Ridge. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

Cedar Ridge opened the game with a 10-2 run as Starlasia Simmons hit a base line jumper for Trumann's only basket. Taelor Gartman closed the quarter scoring seven points on two three-pointers and a free throw to make it 10-9 Lady Timberwolves.

Gartman opened the second quarter with a three-pointer to give the Lady Wildcats their only lead of game at 12-10. Cedar Ridge took the lead at 14-12 before Gartman tied it at 14 with a basket inside. Wood tied the game at 16 with two free throws before Cedar Ridge scored the last 12 points of the quarter to take a 28-16 lead at the half.

Cedar Ridge scored the first 22 points of the third quarter making it 36 straight points scored to open up a 50-16 lead. Hannah Wood drilled a three-pointer to make it 50-19 at the end of three.

Trumann outscored Cedar Ridge 10-3 as the mercy rule was in effect the last quarter. Zaria McGuire hit back to back baskets around a Cedar Ridge three-point play to make the score 53-23. Gartman hit one of two free throws and Natalisha Moore scored inside to set the final score at 53-26.

Gartman led the Lady Wildcats in scoring with 13 points.

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