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Weiner no threat to Cavewomen

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ALL IN AN AFTERNOON'S WORK: Jessica Hall splits a trio of Weiner Lady Cardinal defenders on her way to the basket in the NEA Tournament Dec. 26 in Jonesboro.Photo/Mullins
The Weiner Lady Cardinals had plenty of trouble getting shots to fall at the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament Dec. 26 and the Cave City Cavewomen sure took advantage of those troubles.

Jumping out to a big lead in the first half, the top-seeded Cavewomen cruised to a 61-30 rout of 16th-seeded Weiner in the girls' 1A-2A-3A brackets at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Hindered and harassed by Cave City all afternoon long, the Lady Cardinals managed just eight field goals for the game, five in the first half, three in the second half.

Had it not been for Madison Craft's efforts, the Lady Cardinals might have been in even more trouble than they were. Craft led all scorers with 23 points and she tossed in six of her team's eight field goals for the game. At the charity stripe, Craft knocked down 11 free throws in the game.

On the other side, the Cavewomen racked up five triples in the game, three for Brooklyn Brinkley and a pair by Brittney Landers. Brinkley paced Cave City with 12 points.

Cave City sped in front 11-4 late in the first period on Brinkley's first triple of the game and Katie Freeman (six points) capped the first frame with a swooping move under the basket that fell through at the buzzer, giving the Cavewomen a 15-7 advantage.

Cave City upped this to 21-7 with the first six points of the second, one from Amelia Bray (seven points) and six by Brinkley.

Weiner's best stretch of the contest came shortly after that point, as the Lady Cardinals chipped off six straight points.

While this was nice for Weiner, Cave City then exploded, ending the first half on a 17-4 run.

Haley Bell tossed in five of her seven points in the game during this burst, with Amie Wilmuth and Katie Stout also dropping in hoops to give Cave City a 38-17 lead at intermission.

Landers opened the third with a trey for the Cavewomen, but Jessica Hall did the lion's share of the damage for Cave City by knocking down 10 points in the stanza.

The Lady Cardinals just could not find any kind of solid footing to build on and the Cavewomen raced to a 55-25 lead after three, en route to a big 61-30 thrashing of Weiner.

Cheyenne Childers and Rachel Roebuck finished with four points apiece for Cave City.

The next afternoon, Dec. 27, Childers exploded for a game-high 31 points as the Cavewomen hammered the ninth-seeded Rector Lady Cougars 59-37, earning Cave City a trip to the semi-finals.

Cave City led 19-10 after the first period and 41-16 at the half. Not slowing down any, the Cavewomen stood in front 55-24 heading into the final frame.

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