A trey by Caraway out of the right corner calmed the storm for awhile.
Katie Caraway ended her illustrious career at Mt. Pleasant as the Lady Bluebirds were ousted at Pine Bluff by the defending Class A State Champions, the Guy-Perkins Lady Thunderbirds.
Mt. Pleasant wound up facing Guy-Perkins after eliminating Saratoga, the first round opponent on Tuesday.
Against Saratoga, the Lady Bluebirds opened the game with a trey from Katie "Did" Caraway who went on to score 42 on the night, but Saratoga hit back -to -back buckets to take the lead. But Amy Fulbright tickled the nylon from long range out front for 3 points, but Saratoga tied the game at 6-6 seconds later.
Caraway hit her second trey from the left corner, then made a steal and went the other way, hitting the pullup jumper, pushing the Lady Bluebird lead to 11-6. Fulbright nailed down another trey from the left side. After a Saratoga bucket, Alauna Wolfe hit the long deuce from the right baseline, then Regan Smith added her name to the long-range bombers, draining a trey from the left wing to push the lead to 19-8 for Mt. Pleasant.
Saratoga added a 2-pointer to end the first quarter, but Mt. Pleasant had a 9-point lead heading into the second.Saratoga hit back-to-back buckets to start the second quarter, but Tracy Wilson squelched the run with a couple of free throws. Then the run was on. Caraway hit a jumper from the free- throw line, then a couple of free throws to up the lead to double digits.
Wolfe hit the jumper off the left baseline after Caraway made the assist, then Caraway came back with a layup after Fulbright threaded a pass into the lane from the right corner, and Mt. Pleasant was up 29-14.
Saratoga interrupted with a deuce, but Wilson hit the jumper on the 2-on-1 break with Caraway to push the Lady Bluebirds lead back to 15 points.
Saratoga hit another bucket, but Caraway hit two to increase the Mt. Pleasant lead to 17 at 35-18. Saratoga hit back-to-back buckets to close back in, but Caraway swished a trey from the right corner. Saratoga added a deuce to end the half, but the Lady Bluebirds held a 14-point advantage.
Caraway opened the third with a jumper from the lane, but Saratoga ran off 9 unanswered points to close to within 7 at 33-40. A trey by Caraway out of the right corner calmed the storm for awhile.
Saratoga then ripped off 5 more quick points, closing to within 5, but a bucket by Caraway gave the Lady Bluebirds a little breathing room with a 7- point lead.
After Saratoga closed to within 5 points again, Caraway took the kickout from Fulbright on the defensive end and went the distance for a layup to end the third quarter, with Mt. Pleasant on top 47-40 .
Saratoga opened the fourth quarter with a bucket, but Caraway had the answer in the form of a turnaround jumper in the lane. After Saratoga swapped out a deuce with Caraway again, Fulbright nailed a huge trey after returning from the sidelines with a sprained ankle, giving the Lady Bluebirds a double-digit lead once again.
Saratoga gained 3 points to cut the lead to 7 points, but Smith stepped up with a trey from the left wing to keep the pressure on.
Saratoga ripped off 4 more points again, but Caraway hit two free throws to stop them before they got started. Three more points by Saratoga got them to within 5 points, but Caraway hit a pullup jumper off the right baseline and then added four free throws down the stretch to up the Mt. Pleasant lead to 65-54.
Saratoga hit for 5 more points, but Fulbright capped the scoring off with a free throw, setting the final score of 66-59 in favor of Mt. Pleasant.
Scoring for Mt. Pleasant: Katie Caraway had 42 points, including four treys; Amy Fulbright had 10 points (threetreys); Regan Smith had 6 points off two 3-pointers; Tracy Wilson had 4 points; and Alauna Wolfe finished with 4 points.
In the quarter-final round, the Lady Bluebirds squared off with Guy-Perkins, the always tough team of the State. The Lady T-Birds double teamed Katie Caraway all game, and had someone within arms'reach at all times.
Caraway finished with 29 points, but the Lady Bluebirds came up short as Guy-Perkins had two players with 27 points each. The Lady Bluebirds ended their season sooner than they wanted, but they still captured the hearts of many fans.