Acorn junior Misty Oglesby hit two free throws with 3.3 left to play Monday to give the Lady Tigers a 58-56 win over the Mulberry YellowJackets in the Class A quarterfinals.
Mulberry led 55-50 before Acorn rallied in the final four minutes.
"We got up five and missed a chance to go up seven," Mulberry coach Adam Carlton said. "They (Acorn) scored to cut it to three, and the next time down we missed another good shot. It’s just one of those breaks."
Sam Cagle led Mulberry (29-9) with 19 points.
Mulberry trailed by 11 after one quarter but outscored Acorn 48-32 over the next 2 1/2 quarters until Acorn’s late comeback.
Mulberry will bring the majority of its team back next season, with Logan Archer being the lone senior on the squad.
"This group has a lot of heart and they’re fun to be around," Carlton said. "They pull for each other their are no egos."
Taylor Neagle added 11 points and Archer tossed in 10. Lexi Voorhees chipped in nine while Brittany Edwards had six for Mulberry.
Mulberry 48, Mount Vernon-Enola 44 (Women’s)
Mulberry girls coach Adam Carlton wasn’t sure when the Lady Yellow Jackets had last won a state playoff game.
He does now.
Logan Archer scored 13 points and Brittany Edwards added 12 and Sam Cagle nine as Mulberry (29-8) held off the Lady Warhawks at North Arkansas College on Saturday in the Class 1A State Tournament at Harrison.
Mulberry will play Acorn (34-5) at 1 p.m. Monday in the quarterfinals. Acorn beat Mulberry, 55-46, on Oct. 29.
Heather Prowse led Enola (25-5) with 17 points.
Despite a recent layoff, Carlton said his players didn’t appear to be nervous, especially early, as Mulberry raced to a 13-4 lead after one quarter.
"It ended up being pretty good for us," Carlton said. "We came and shot the ball really well."