There's usually one word that captures the essence of a meeting between the Cave City Cavewomen and Valley Springs Lady Tigers -- physical.
Or maybe intense is a better word.
Either way, the third meeting between the two squads this season was both physical and intense.
And in the end, Valley Springs, ranked number five in Class 3A, made it two wins in a row over Cave City with a 43-34 victory in the 3A-1 East District Tournament finals Feb. 20 in Yellville.
The Cavewomen trailed by as many as 11 points in the third period, but managed to fashion together a late rally behind the play of Cheyenne Childers in the paint.
Childers racked up 12 of her 17 points for Cave City in the second half of play.
The Cavewomen ripped off seven straight points, five by Childers, to end the third down by just four, 27-23.
Cave City pulled within three on a Childers jumper early in the fourth, but the Cavewomen could get no closer.
Valley Springs went on a 9-2 run to open up a 37-27 lead with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game.
Lindsey Wooldridge (four points) hit a big 3-pointer for Cave City down the stretch in the fourth, but Valley Springs managed to stay one step ahead of the Cavewomen and finish the evening with a nine-point win.
Brooklyn Brinkley finished with six points for Cave City, while Jessica Hall added three.
Rachel Roebuck and Haley Bell ended the game with two points each for the Cavewomen.