Nevada Lady Jays had a competitive match-up on the hardwood last week during the 1A-7 East District Tournament hosted at Ouachita High School; on Thursday, they were defeated by Strong in the regionals 62-34.
Nevada Lady Jays had a competitive match-up on the hardwood last week during the 1A-7 East District Tournament hosted at Ouachita High School in Midway-Donaldson. The Lady Jays came out victorious in the semifinals against Bradley Lady Bears 58-48, but fell short in the finals to host district tourney team Ouachita Lady Warriors 63-31. As a result, the Lady Jays will earn the No. 2 seed at the 1A-5 Regionals scheduled to face the No. 3 seed 8 Strong Lady Bulldogs on Thursday Feb. 22 at Hampton.
Head coach Kevan Moore looks forward to a return to regionals in hopes to make it back to the Class 1A state tournament. The Lady Jays head into regionals, 14-12 overall.
1A-7 GIRLS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
NEVADA 31, OUACHITA 63
For a rematch of last year's district tourney finals, the Lady Jays looked to seek redemption to avenge their loss against Ouachita from the 2017 championship game. Unfortunately, the Lady Warriors would prevail again on their home floor to defeat Nevada in the finals of the 2018 district tourney finals.
In first quarter action, the Lady Jays struck first with Carolyn Dixon scoring the game's first basket at the 7:40 mark to give Nevada the early lead advantage, 2-0. Hot shooting from behind the arc by the Lady Warriors gave them the 6-2 lead after draining two trifecta's (3-pointers). Keke Cody answered for Nevada to pull them within two points 6-4 at the 5:32 mark.
The Lady Warriors extended their lead at the foul line with three consecutive trips and led Nevada 9-4 down to the 3:45 mark. A'giana Beal came with a basket and Kiara Frazier split a pair of free-throws to bring Nevada back to trail Ouachita 11-7. Frazier then completed a three-point play with the free-throw good now cut the Lady Warriors' lead to 11-10 with 1:26 remaining in first quarter play. Ouachita came back with scoring at the foul line to split a pair of free-throws after two trips to lead Nevada, 13-10. Frazier split a pair of free-throws for Nevada with 14 seconds to play in first quarter play to trail the Lady Warriors, 13-11. Ouachita finished the period with a bucket just before the buzzer sounded and led Nevada 15-11 to end first quarter action.
In the second, the Lady Jays would only trail by two-points in two different times in the period, but the Lady Warriors would go on a run that extended their margin to end first half play leading Nevada, 37-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Lady Jays were held to eight points scored with the Lady Warriors dropping 20 points on the scoreboard. After three periods of play, the Lady Jays trailed Ouachita, 57-29.
In the fourth, the Lady Jays only had one basket from the field by Taliah Edwards and the Lady Warriors finished out the game with six points scored to go onto victory and capture back-to-back district tourney titles against Nevada.
For the game, Lady Jays' Frazier led scoring with eight points, Dixon and A'vonni Parham scored six points, Camyia Cody had five points and Edwards chipped in four points.