Wonderview ends Bay's state championship reign

Friday, March 9, 2018
Wonderview's Faith Byers (5) lofts a shot over the outstretched fingertips of Lady Yellowjacket Sarah Blackman in Friday night's state quarterfinal game at Morrilton. (DT Photo/Trent Fletcher)

Defending state champion Bay took on host Wonderview in the quarterfinals of the Class 1A Girls State Tournament Friday night at Morrilton. It was a rematch from last year’s state tourney in which Bay came out on top. This time, Wonderview exacted revenge, posting a hard fought 44-39 victory.

The two teams went into the final frame with the Lady Daredevils holding a slim 30-27 advantage. Wonderview increased its lead to 32-27 on an eight-foot bank shot by Shelby Reynolds to open the fourth quarter. Bay ran off the next five points, getting a trey from Sarah Blackman, followed by junior forward Mallory Hartley’s spinning lay-in, knotting the score at 32-all with 3:49 left in the game. Faith Byers answered by dropping in a short jumper from the baseline to put the Lady Daredevils back in front, 34-32, at the 3:21 mark.

Bay would go cold from the field over the next three minutes and fell behind 39-32 until Blackman canned a 12-foot jumper, closing the gap to five points with 29 ticks left on the clock. A pair of Bailey Wright free throws put Wonderview back up 41-34 with 22 seconds to go, but the Lady Yellowjackets again sliced the deficit to five when Abby Frisby sank two charity tosses with 15 seconds remaining.

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