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Wickes wicked, drops Lady Katz

Thursday, March 12, 2009

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CUTTIN' IN: Melbourne's Maggie Caraway gets a head of steam as she powers toward the basket in the Class 2A State Tournament at The Arena in Melbourne. Photos/Sparks
Wickes travelled from the far southwest corner of Arkansas for a chance at the much closer trip to Hot Springs, but had to get past the hometown Lady Bearkatz.

Second-seeded Melbourne took care of Eureka Springs and their giant in the middle, Miranda Smith, 55-42, on Mar. 12.

One seed Wickes ended Abundant Life's state run 58-43 on Mar. 10.

Melbourne shot the ball very well against Eureka Springs, but struggled mightily against the Lady Warriors.

The Lady Bearkatz had five turnovers and four points in the first quarter falling behind 11-4.

Just when Melbourne found its shooting stroke in the second, Wickes picked up its offense.

Maggie Cooper put in eight for the Lady Katz, but Wickes shot eight-of-10 from the line, while Kellie Wise and Tiffany Bond added treys to take a 31-16 halftime lead.

"I just thought Wickes did a much better job defensively. They obviously had watched us and scouted us. They played us really smart. A good, spread-out zone," said Lady Bearkatz Head Coach Bruce Adams. "They didn't let us penetrate much. They stayed matched up on our shooters. When we did get a chance to get the ball around the basket, they did a good job of challenging shots. They just played a very good defensive game."

The Lady Warriors extend their lead to 31-16 at the end of the third quarter.

"We tried to speed the game up with our defense, trying to chase them and trap them, but they did a good job of protecting the basketball," said Adams. "When we did come up with some steals, we weren't able to go convert. I can think of 10, 12, 15 points that we should have come up with when we did get them to turn it over."

Cooper led the team with 11 and Tori Taylor had nine. Bond led Wickes with 21 points.

"I'm so proud of my girls for getting here and they've had a tremendous season, 32-8," said Adams. "We won the county tournament, conference championship, the district tournament, runner-up in our regional, advanced to the final eight in the state tournament. I think that's quite an achievement for this group of girls."

Against Eureka Springs, Melbourne held 6'3" Miranda Smith to four total points and kept her on the bench in foul trouble.

The Lady Highlanders struggled to find any offense, but the Lady Bearkatz got five points from Cooper and Amanda Treat to take a 12-8 first quarter lead.

Forcing six Eureka turnovers and getting seven points from Kaylee Ables pushed Melbourne out to a 27-17 halftime advantage.

The Lady Katz didn't score until the four and half mark of the third, but was still able to outscore the Lady Highlanders 13-10 behind Maggie Caraway's three treys.

Melbourne went eight of 11 from the free throw line to seal the victory.

Caraway led the team with 16 followed by Cooper and Ables with 13 and 11 respectively.

Kelly Clarke put in 17 points for Eureka Springs.



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