The senior members of the Couch Lady Indians will, this year, hang up their basketball jerseys, but will carry the memories with them for the rest of their lives.
And the Neelyville Lady Tigers will play on, as they knocked off Couch 51-43 in the Class 2 District 2 championship March 1 at Van Buren High School.
With the strong support of "The Tribe" faithful along the sidelines, the Couch Lady Indians attempted to maintain their own pace to the game and kept the score within two points, 8-10, in the low-scoring first quarter.
Neelyville blocked out extremely well on both offensive and defensive rebounding boards, plus the Lady Tigers held a height advantage down low.
Aggressive hustle by Couch's senior post player, Calee Risner, sent her to the bench before the half with four personal fouls.
Neelyville trapped the ball all over the floor with double teams, which, on more than one occasion, resulted in Couch turnovers.
Lady Indian Taylor Beal (13 points) was able to break free for some pullup jumpers or assists to teammates Katie Stensloff and Taylor Emberton. Beal's hustle defense was tough throughout the game, as well.
Every time Couch's leading scorer, Lizzie Nessling, touched the ball, there were double teams, body up defense and hands in her face. Nessling led the Lady Indians in scoring with 14 points and several rebounds.
With the heart of a lion, the Lady Indians gave it their all, but could not catch up or keep up with the Lady Tigers from Neelyville, and thus Neelyville is the 2012 Class 2 District 2 girls' champions.
Neelyville was led in scoring by 5-10 Kayla Maupin with 23 points.