The Viola Lady Longhorns captured the Arvest Bank Tournament championship with a 51-45 win over the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz Nov. 14 in Flippin.
Viola led 13-10 after the first period, 27-22 at the half and 38-30 heading into the final frame.
Taylor Griggs tossed in a game-high 23 points to pace Viola.
Michaela Thompson added 12 and Leslie Barker had five.
Dedra Johnston and Leslie Shrable finished with four points apiece, while Heather Simmons netted three for Viola.
Kenzi Gillihan paced the Lady Katz with 17 points, while Maggie Jo Cooper followed with 14.
Karli Gillihan and Sara Beth Adams logged eight points each. Stacee Hargett had two and Amanda Treat one for Melbourne.
Viola advanced to the championship game with a 44-27 win over Flippin Nov. 12.
Thompson had a game-high 23 points, while Griggs added eight and Barker four. Simmons finished with three, with Johnston, Shrable and Alex Duncan netting two points apiece.
In the quarterfinals Nov. 11, Viola jumped out to a big lead early and then cruised past the Deer Lady Antlers 42-28.
The Lady Longhorns held Deer to just two points in the first half of play. Viola led 18-2 after one and 25-2 at the half.
Griggs scored 14 points for Viola, with Simmons adding eight and Thompson six. Barker had four points, while Johnston and Duncan logged three points each. Andrea Duvall and Shrable posted two points apiece.
Using a big 21-6 advantage in the second period, the Lady Longhorns pushed past Omaha 48-32 in opening-round action Nov. 9.
Viola built a 27-14 lead at the half and stood in front 39-20 after three.
Thompson paced Viola with 16 points, while Griggs followed close with 15. Barker and Shrable tossed in nine points each.
Johnston finished with two and Simmons one for the Lady Longhorns.
The Lady Bearkatz opened play in the tourney with a 67-41 rout of Bruno-Pyatt Nov. 11.
Cooper led the way with 17 points for Melbourne.
Hitting 15 of 16 free throws in the fourth period, the Lady Bearkatz slid past Green Forest 65-52 in the semis Nov. 12.
Cooper scored a game-high 26 points for Melbourne, while Kenzi Gillihan added 20 and Adams had 10.