The Prescott Lady Wolves qualified once again to the Class 3A State Girls Basketball Tournament after finishing third overall at the 4-3A Regional Tournament, but they were eliminated earlier this week.
The Prescott Lady Wolves qualified once again to the Class 3A State Girls Basketball Tournament after finishing third overall at the 4-3A Regional Tournament hosted in Fordyce at FBT Redbug Arena.
The Lady Wolves clinched their spot to state after prevailing convincingly against Smackover in first round action at regionals. The Lady Wolves fell short to host regional team Fordyce in semifinals, then falling to Junction City in the third place game to finish fourth overall.
The Lady Wolves earned the No. 4 seed to face No. 1 seed Harding Academy in first round action at state on Tuesday hosted in Drew Central- Monticello. The Class 3A State Girls Tournament is scheduled Feb.27-Mar.3.
Last year, the Lady Wolves were an overall No. 1 seed going into the Class 3A girls state tournament hosted at Bald Knob, but lost to No. 4 seed Charleston in the first round.
Head coach B.J. Rogers with assistant coach Heidi Graham had helped the Lady Wolves build up season success through their run at qualifying back to the state tournament. Rogers know the expectations will be high at state, but believes the senior leadership can play a major factor for the Lady Wolves since it has through district and regional tourney play.
The Lady Wolves are 19-12 overall.
4-3A REGIONAL GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
LADY WOLVES 58, SMACKOVER 31
Prescott Lady Wolves had no problem taking down Smackover in first round play at regionals 58-31 to officially earn a spot to compete at the 2018 Class 3A State Girls Tournament for a consecutive year. The Lady Wolves jumped out to a early first quarter spark to led Smackover 18-8. In the second, the Lady Wolves outscored Smackover 14-9. At the break, the Lady Wolves led Smackover 32-17. In the second half the Lady Wolves dropped 26 points on the board and held Smackover to 16 points for third and fourth periods combined. Prescott went onto a 27-point victory to advance to the semifinals at regionals. For the game, Lacie Nolen led scoring with a huge 23 points and Haleigh Wiley followed with a strong 17 points for double-figures. Jai Dorrough finished with six points, Anna Byers and Maggie Grimes each swished a 3-pointer apiece for three points apiece and Jonay Roberts and Olivia Williams each scored two points apiece.
LADY WOLVES 40, FORDYCE 49
The Lady Wolves looked for a second-time victory against Fordyce in the regional semifinals, but the Lady Redbugs seek redemption on their own floor for the second meeting this season to defeat Prescott 49-40. The loss would end the reign for the Lady Wolves as the defending regional girls tourney champs. The match-up was close early on with Prescott trailing Fordyce 22-17 at halftime. In the second half, the Lady Wolves posted 23 points on the scoreboard for third and fourth periods combine, but the Lady Redbugs scored 27 points total for the final two quarters to edge Prescott by nine points in victory. For the game, Lady Wolves' Wiley led scoring with 15 points and Byers dropped 10 points for double-figures. Nolen followed with nine points, Carly Van Hook finished with four points and Roberts added two points.
Third Place Game
LADY WOLVES 51, JUNCTION CITY 59
For a rematch of last year's regional championship game in Prescott, the Lady Wolves faced Junction City Lady Dragons for the third place game at regional in Fordyce. The Lady Wolves fought hard, but this time the Lady Dragons successfully came out the victors 59-51. In first quarter action, Nolen sparked Prescott for two key baskets for four points and Wiley scored the other bucket from the field. Junction City outscored Prescott in first quarter play that led to the Lady Dragons leading the Lady Wolves, 12-6. In the second quarter, Byers opened the quarter with a 3-pointer, then Nolen followed with a basket that brought the Lady Wolves within three points of Junction City's lead, 14-11 down to the 6:29 mark. Roberts split a pair of free-throws, then Nolen made three consecutive trips to the foul line and was successful making all free-throws going 6-for-6. Junction City maintained their lead sparked in double-digits of scoring in the second to take a 30-20 halftime lead over Prescott.
In the second half, Prescott dropped 13 points on the board and 18 in fourth quarter for 31 points total, but Junction City added 29 points to their side of the scoreboard to defeat the Lady Wolves for the eight point win for the third seed at state.
For the game, Lady Wolves' Nolen led all-scorers with a impressive 31 points for the lone player in double-figures. Van Hook followed with six points, Williams and Byers each added three points apiece, Wiley finished with four points, Roberts and Dorrough each had two points apiece.