Scrapperettes third in district, prepare for regional

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes moved up a spot in the standings at the conclusion of the District 7-4A tournament at Scrapper Arena. They were in fourth place when the tournament began and moved up to third after winning two games and losing one in the tournament.
Nashville advances to the Class 4A South regional this week. The Scrapperettes will host Dumas Thursday at 4 p.m. at Scrapper Arena. The winner automatically qualifies for next week’s state 4A tournament in Lonoke.
The Scrapperettes defeated Arkansas Baptist 53-45 in double overtime Feb. 20 in their first game at district. Nashville led 8-4 after the first quarter and 18-14 at halftime.
“It was close,” Coach Ron Alexander said. “I thought we were going to run away with it early. They [Baptist] battled back. Both battled hard.”
On the final possession of regulation, Alexander “thought we’d get a shot off. Instead, we fouled.” On the ensuing free throw, Baptist appeared to make the shot, but the Lady Eagles were called for jumping into the lane and the game went to overtime.
The teams were still tied after the first overtime, but the Scrapperettes pulled away in the second OT period to win and qualify for regionals.
Kassidy Snowden led the Scrapperettes with 18 points, followed byTiyonna Garland with 10, Timaya Sanders with 9, Bailey Walls with 6, Shayla Wright and Madd Horton with 4 each, and Iesha Neal with 2.
The Scrapperettes faced top-seeded Malvern in the semifinals Friday night. The contest was close throughout until the Lady Leopards built a lead in the fourth quarter and won 39-25.
“We played hard,” Alexander said. “We had a few mental decisions late that hurt us, but I’m proud of the effort. We handled the ball well.”
Sanders was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 11. Snowden added 7, with 4 from Horton, 2 from Wright and 1 from KeeKee Richardson.
“I’m really happy with the way we played against Malvern. It’s a great improvement over the other two games” during the regular season, Alexander said.
With the loss to Malvern, the Scrapperettes moved to the consolation game Saturday afternoon, where they faced Bauxite. The two previous meetings during the season were close, with Nashville winning both.
Saturday’s contest was also a close one as the Scrapperettes won 25-22.
“It was tough,” Alexander said. “I thought we had a poor effort. Their [Bauxite] best player was gone. I don’t know what the deal was” on the Scrapperettes’ performance.
Nashville shut out the Lady Miners 7-0 in the first quarter and led 15-8 at halftime.
Bauxite outscored the Scrapperettes 14-10 in the second half.
Showden and Wright scored 6 points each for Nashville, with 3 each from Neal, Sanders and Garland. Horton and Walls had 2 each.
“We were fortunate to win,” Alexander said. “Bauxite was in it all the way.”
Malvern, Central Arkansas Christian and Star City are the favorites going into the regional tournament at Scrapper Arena, according to Alexander.
Malvern won the 7-4A title Saturday night, with CAC claiming the runner-up trophy. Star City was first during the regular season in District 8-4A, which doesn’t have a post-season tournament.
Playing Dumas in the regional tournament will be “tough, but it’s supposed to be tough at regionals,” Alexander said.
“We have a chance. They have a couple of big girls. If we play like we’re capable of playing, we should come out on top,” Alexander said. “We’re 32 minutes from the state tournament.”

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