Lady Rebels and Lady Mustangs ousted in NEA Tournament action

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Lady Rebel Natalie Milligan in NEA Tournament action against Tuckerman. The Lady Bulldogs upset third seeded Riverside 52-45. (Town Crier photos/Anthony Cossey)

Tuckerman and Riverside battled back and forth in their quarterfinal Northeast Arkansas Tournament matchup Monday morning at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Neither team led by more than seven points the entire contest, but clutch free throw shooting in the fourth quarter allowed the Lady Bulldogs to pull off a 52-45 upset over the third seeded Lady Rebels.

Tuckerman (15-5) built an 11-8 first quarter lead, and held a slim 24-22 advantage at intermission. Riverside (10-7) fought back in the third period, and took a one point edge when Chelsea Nichols drilled a three pointer. But the Lady Bulldogs came right back and claimed a 34-33 lead heading into the final quarter.

Tuckerman, who hit 12-16 foul shots, canned several key free throws down the stretch, while Riverside struggled from the foul line in the final stanza, hitting just two of seven attempts.

Deria Ratliffe led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points while Katelyn Platt added 11. Hattie Milligan paced the Lady Rebels with 15 points.

Izard County Consolidated never trailed in its 66-56 quarterfinal victory over Buffalo Island Central Tuesday morning. ICC led 30-25 at the half and took a 45-31 lead into the final frame.

Jen King topped Izard County with 19 points while Lauren Jones chipped in 17. Karoline Thomas led the Lady Mustangs with 15, Hannah Poe scored 13 while Madison Greathouse added 12 points.

BIC's Karoline Thomas, Hannah Poe and Bailey Owens were all named to the NEA Tournament team.

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