AMITY, Ark. – Fouke’s girls found out it’s not easy beating the host team in a district tournament.
Centerpoint was nursing a one-point lead (41-40) with 13 seconds left Thursday night in the 3A district semifinals. Fouke senior Whittney McMurry got a steal leading to the decisive points, and a dramatic 42-41 win for the Lady Panthers (24-5).
Whittney got the ball to Taylor Hardin, whose shot rimmed in-and-out with four seconds left. Sophomore Annsley Griffith got the offensive rebound and went back up. She was fouled on the shot. Griffith converted both free throws to send Fouke into Saturday night’s championship game against Ashdown at 6 p.m.
Ashdown (15-10) advanced to the title game with a 43-31 victory over Prescott.
“These girls have shown a lot of resiliency this season,” said Fouke coach Mo Williams. “To win this game like we did is a symbol of their perseverance. One thing I can say about these ladies is there is no quit in them. They will battle until the very end.”
Hardin led the Lady Panthers’ offense with 17 points. Griffith’s heroic free throws gave her 6 points.
Centerpoint’s girls play Prescott Saturday afternoon to determine the third and fourth seeds going into the regional tournament.
The boys championship game will feature Ashdown (21-1) and Prescott Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Centerpoint plays Smackover Saturday afternoon to determine the third and fourth seeds for the regional tournament.
Ouachita ends Warriors’ season
HORATIO, Ark. – Trinity Christian’s basketball season came to an end Wednesday night in the 2A district tournament. The Warriors bowed out against Ouachita, 63-52.
Jakob Martin led the Warriors’ offense with 24 points. Zack Franklin contributed 9 points and 13 rebounds.
The Warriors advanced to Wednesday’s game by eliminating Mineral Sprngs, 51-42.
Martin scored 16 points in the win, with Alex Cobb adding 14 points. Shawn Brown contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds.