Lady Yellowjackets headed to state
The Bay Lady Yellowjackets split games at the 1A Region 2 tournament at Calico Rock last week, beating the host Lady Pirates in the first round by a wide margin, then losing a hard-fought contest in the semi-finals to Izard County. The squad bounced back Saturday afternoon in the third-fourth place seeding game against Maynard, breezing into this week's state tourney at Mt. Ida.
Bay's first round opponents in the regional tourney were the host Lady Pirates of Calico Rock, and the Lady 'Jackets wasted no time jumping to an early lead they would never relinquish. With three players in double figures, led by Whitlee Layne with 21, the Bay girls sprinted to a 22-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. Layne, Abby Frisby and Mallory Hartley all scored six in the first frame, as the Yellowjacket offense was hitting on all cylinders.
Taking advantage of turnover baskets off defensive pressure, the Bay squad outscored the Lady Pirates 24-5 in the second to stretch the lead to 46-14 at the half. Layne added another 13 in the frame, as she would sit for much of the second half with the game securely in hand.
Both teams scored 11 points in the third, as the Lady Jacket lead stood at 57-27 going into the fourth. The fourth quarter also went to Bay, as they pressured the Calico Rock subs to a 11-2 quarter en route to the 68-29 win.
In addition to Layne's 21, Frisby and Hartley both had 14, Sarah Blackman was also in double figures with 10, Sydney Higgins had 5 and Bailee King finished with 3 off the bench. The Lady Pirates were led by Kallie Fry with 10 points, although she was shut-out in both the second and fourth quarters.
On the night the Lady Yellowjackets were 12 of 15 from the free throw line, while the Lady Pirates never visited the charity stripe.
The win over Calico Rock earned the Lady 'Jackets a spot in this week's state tourney, and a second round game Friday night against a tough Izard County squad. The Lady Cougars had advanced over another set of Lady Cougars in the first round, as they handled Rector 53-30.
The Bay girls came out of the locker room with a strong start, and led 11-8 after one. Izard County responded in the second quarter, taking the frame 20-7 as they enjoyed a 28-18 lead at the break.
The two squads battled into the second half, with the Lady Cougars continuing to maintain a margin. Entering the fourth quarter ICC led 36-30, but the Bay girls weren't finished, as they mounted a strong comeback. The Yellowjackets scored six un-answered points to begin the fourth, with Layne scoring a three-point play and a free-throw, capped by a steal and layup by Sarah Blackman to tie the game at the 4:33 mark.
The Lady Cougars countered with a basket by Harley Thomason, coming off an offensive rebound, as they regained the lead. Layne was fouled a short time later, and tied the game again on two free throws at the 2:43 mark as the teams stood knotted at 38-38.
Lady Cougar post player Kennedy Cooper answered with a pair from the charity stripe to make it 40-38, ICC with just under two and a half minutes to play.
Again, the Lady 'Jackets responded as Layne nailed a three-pointer to regain the lead with 1:50 to play in regulation.
Seconds later Sam King countered with a pair of free throws for ICC at the 1:43 mark, giving the Lady Cougars the 42-41 advantage.
As the clock ran down the Bay girls had their chances, but were hampered by a turnover, missed layup and jump ball--as the possession arrow was in favor of ICC.
King set the final score at 44-41 with 3.0 showing on the game clock, and the Bay girls couldn't get off a potential game-tying shot.
Layne's 21 led all scorers, with Hartley finishing with 9, Blackman had 6, Higgins finished with 3 and Crain had 2 points in the loss. The Lady Cougars were paced by Sam King with 19 and Jen King with 12.
As a team the Lady 'Jackets were 16 of 22 from the free throw line, whille ICC was 12 of 15. Bay hit three treys on the game, while the Lady Cougars made four from beyond the arc.
Full game article in March 2 edition of the PCDT!