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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The good news was that the 3-point shooting Kingston Lady Yellowjackets, a team that loves to fire away from deep on any day that ends in "Y," only made six long-distance shots in the game.

The bad news was that four of those treys came in the first period of play, helping Kingston build a big lead right off the bat.

And the Lady Yellowjackets rode that hot start to a 52-44 victory over the Viola Lady Longhorns in the opening round of the Class 1A State Tournament Feb. 28 at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

Kingston (31-6) pulled in front 17-1 to start the game, and although Viola (35-6) did make a hard charge late, that cushion was just too much for the Lady Horns to overcome.

Kingston's half-court trap gave Viola some problems early, as the Lady Longhorns turned the ball over four times before even getting a shot off.

Meanwhile, Kim Edgmon and Faith Guidry each hit a pair of treys for the Lady Yellowjackets, pushing them in front 9-0.

Kiersten Moore (20 points) got Viola on the scoreboard with a free throw at the 3:57 mark, but Guidry nailed back-to-back 3s to stake Kingston to a 15-1 advantage.

Michaela Thompson (14 points) stuck back a missed shot late in the frame, but the Lady Longhorns found themselves in a serious 17-3 hole after one.

The Lady Yellowjackets cooled down from beyond the arc in the second and Viola began to make up some ground.

Thanks to an old-fashioned 3-point play by Thompson, the Lady Horns managed to narrow the gap to 10, 24-14.

Moore hit a pair of charity tosses late and the two teams went to the half with the Lady Yellowjackets in front 27-16.

Kingston came out firing in the third period, but the Lady Yellowjackets missed their first five 3-point attempts. However, Edgmon connected on a traditional 3-point play with 5:13 left that gave Kingston a 30-18 lead.

Moore hit all of Viola's points in the third, on three free throws, and Kingston closed the stanza with a triple and three more points to take a 36-19 lead into the fourth.

Hannah Duvall (six points) drilled a 3-ball to start the fourth for Viola and the Lady Horns went on a 6-2 run that pulled them within 12 points.

Midway into the period, streaky free throw shooting threatened to derail the Lady Yellowjackets, and Moore nailed a 3-pointer that eased Viola closer, down by 10, with three minutes left to play.

Still rolling, Moore sank another trey with 2:17 left that made the score Kingston 42, Viola 36.

But the Lady Longhorns were not able to pull closer than six points.

Hannah Duvall hit her second 3-pointer with 47 ticks showing and Leslie Shrable (four points) added a layup, but Kingston advanced to the second round of the tourney with the 52-44 win over Viola.

Edgmon led the Lady Yellowjackets with 20 points, while Guidry added 11.

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