The Nashville Scrapperettes came from behind to defeat Arkansas Baptist 52-41 in the regular-season finale Friday night at Scrapper Arena.
Nashville will enter this week’s District 7-4A tournament as the fourth seed. The Scrapperettes’ first game in the tournament will be at 4 p.m. Thursday. A win would automatically qualify Nashville for next week’s regional tournament.
Baptist led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter and held a 19-12 advantage to start the second quarter. However, the Scrapperettes outscored the Lady Eagles 18-3 in the second and took a 30-22 lead at halftime.
Nashville scored 22 points in the second half to 19 for Baptist to seal the win.
The Scrapperettes hit 12 of 17 free throws against Baptist, a key factor in the win according to Coach Ron Alexander.
“Our free throw shooting has gotten better,” Alexander said. The Scrapperettes have rebounded from a season-low 1 of 12 free throws in a conference loss at Arkadelphia back in January.
Another plus for the Scrapperettes has been defense, Alexander said. “Our defense is playing well, and that’s one big factor” in the win.
Nashville recorded 19 steals against Baptist and blocked a Lady Eagle shot. The Scrapperettes grabbed 17 defensive rebounds in Friday night’s victory.
Nashville also held onto the ball against Baptist. The Scrapperettes gave up 8 turnovers, one of the lowest numbers of the season, and they were not called for traveling during the game.
“We have started taking care of the ball,” Alexander said.
Kassidy Snowden was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 13 points, followed by Timya Sanders with 9. Shayla Wright added 7, with 6 from Kee Kee Richardson, 5 each from Tiyonna Garland and Latrice Wiley, 4 from Breona Jefferson and 3 from Asia Munn.
Sanders led the team in free throw shooting, making 5 of 6 shots. Snowden hit 4 of 7, and Wright made 2 of 3. Munn made her only free throw of the night.
The district tournament will open today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. with fifth place Baptist taking on eighth place Ashdown. The Scrapperettes will await the winner Thursday at 4 p.m. The winner of Thursday’s game will play top-ranked Malvern in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday. Number 6 Bauxite will face seventh place Arkadelphia at 7 p.m. The winner plays number 3 Robinson Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner there will play second-ranked Central Arkansas Christian in the other semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday.
The consolation game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, and the championship game will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The top four teams from the conference will advance to the Class 4A South regional tournament next week at Scrapper Arena.