No. 4 seeded Prescott Lady Wolves came out with an heavy aggressive attack against No. 1 seeded Harding Academy Lady Wildcats in the early going in first round play at the 2018 Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament last week hosted at Drew Central High School in Monticello.

No. 4 seeded Prescott Lady Wolves came out with an heavy aggressive attack against No. 1 seeded Harding Academy Lady Wildcats in the early going in first round play at the 2018 Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament last week hosted at Drew Central High School in Monticello.
The Lady Wolves brought the fight in first period play that led to an 12-12 knot going into the second quarter. Harding Academy stepped up to outscore Prescott for the remaining three periods. As a result, Prescott would sadly come up short in the first round at state as Harding Academy prevailed, 65-47.
The Lady Wolves challenged the Lady Wildcats early despite having to overcome an highly filled Harding Academy fan base, but Prescott built some momentum of their own and made the contest very close and intense. The Lady Wildcats sparked with hot shooting in the second through fourth periods to outscore Prescott and go onto victory.
Prescott senior high girls head basketball coach B.J. Rogers was proud of the team's effort and play all season long. Rogers felt the Lady Wolves maintained a productive season of key victories that led to their return to state for a consecutive year. Knowing the Lady Wolves will miss their seniors, including the team’s “Big 3” of leading scorer Lacie Nolen, Haleigh Wiley, Anna Byers as well as Tavonica Barzar, Rogers anticipates several players will have to step up to fulfill their shoes for next season.
"I'm very proud of our seniors. They came into this season with a winning mentality for their senior year. We didn't finish the way we wanted, but I'm very proud of how strong they way they brought it this season," Rogers said.
“About 75 to 80 percent of our scoring is gone for next year, so girls will have to step up. There will be a lot of opportunity next season and look for a competitive offseason. Our juniors will bring it everyday and they're great kids. We will be about business and our effort will keep us in a lot of of ball games," Rogers said.
The Lady Wolves will return several key players from this year's team with the addition of some talented freshman to move up into the senior high level to help build a strong chemistry to win.  
The Lady Wolves finished the season 19-13 overall, 9-5 in conference. The Lady Wolves captured the 2017 OBU Tournament title, went 2-1 in tourney play hosted by Lake Hamilton, finished second in conference, runner-up at district tournament and fourth at regionals as a state tournament qualifier for a consecutive season.

First Round
The Prescott Lady Wolves had to overcome an early deficit 5-0 in the first minute of opening period play to Harding Academy. Lacie Nolen got the Lady Wolves on the board draining a trifecta from behind the arc at the 3:48 mark with Prescott trailing 5-3.
Nolen came right back to knot the game with a basket 5-5 at the 3:29 mark. Harding Academy regain the lead by knocking down a pair of free-throws to lead 7-5 at the 3:03 mark in first period action.
Jonay Roberts for Prescott tied the at 7-7 with a key basket, but the Lady Wildcats drained a 3-pointer with a basket to take a 12-7 advantage with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter. Nolen came through with another basket made under a minute with 36 seconds to play in the first quarter, then Carly Van Hook completed a three-point play right before the buzzer with the free-throw attempt good at ended first period play at 12-12.
In the second period, the Lady Wildcats outscored Prescott 20-9. At the break, Prescott trailed Harding Academy, 32-21.
In the third period, the Lady Wolves posted in double-digits as well as Harding Academy, but Prescott ended the quarter trailing the Lady Wildcats 45-31. Prescott was outscored by the Lady Wildcats 13-10 in third period action.
In the fourth quarter, Harding Academy opened the period scoring seven points on a run that built their lead margin to 20 points, 51-31 down to the 5:56 mark. Nolen stopped the run by splitting a pair of free-throws, then Haleigh Wiley scored a basket to make the score 52-34 still in favor of the Lady Wildcats with 5:41 left to play in the game.
After the Lady Wildcats split a pair of free-throws, Van Hook sparked with a basket, but Harding Academy answered back completing a three-point play with the free-throw successful and led once again by 20 points, 56-36. Nolen would score the Lady Wolves' next two baskets, but Harding Academy kept sinking both pair of free-throws after two consecutive trips to the foul line to extend their lead 63-40 with 2:17 left to play in the game.
Nolen and Bralayzia Stuart each scored a basket and Tavonica Barzar drained a 3-pointer in the final minute of play for Prescott's scoring to close out the season in another first round loss in state tournament action.
For the game, Nolen led scoring with 16 points for the lone player in double-figures. Wiley followed with seven points, Maggie Grimes swished two 3-pointers for six points, Van Hook added five points, Roberts had four points, Barzar drained a 3-pointer for three points, Jai Dorrough, Olivia Williams and Stuart each had two points apiece.
Harding Academy would lose to Charleston in the second round at state, 41-34. The 2018 Class 3A state girls basketball championship game features Charleston vs. Mountain View this week hosted at the Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.