LAVACA — For three quarters and then some, it was about as close as it could get in the Mountainburg-Paris girls semifinal at the Lavaca Golden Arrow Classic on Wednesday.
They were tied at the end of each quarter then Paris rallied to overcome a late Mountainburg lead and tie the game at 40-40 in the final minute.
Finally, Mountainburg’s Tara Webb hit a free throw with 13.2 seconds left for a 41-40 win.
Paris got two good shots at the basket before the buzzer but couldn’t get them down and 2A Mountainburg walked off with its second one-point win over 3A Paris already this year. Mountainburg is scheduled to play Mulberry in the championship game Saturday, weather permitting.
“Paris is good, they’re really good, and they are going be a team to beat in their league this year,” Mountainburg coach Dan Garringer said. “We’re just glad to play these kind of games now in November and December and it will pay off at the end of the year.”
Mountainburg (7-1) has only lost at defending 3A champion Greenland.
“We haven’t played at home yet, and we have played all schools in bigger classifications than us,” Garringer said. “We are learning a lot of new things.”
Kaylyn Moore led Mountainburg with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Auburn Peters had 11 points and Webb had nine.
Morgan Highfield led Paris (5-2) with 17 points, also hitting four treys. Freshman Lycia Peevy scored 14 points for Paris.
Mulberry 56, Danville 45 (Women’s)
Mulberry (9-2) will defend its title in the girls division.
The Yellow Jackets kept Danville at bay with some solid 3-point shooting in the third quarter, making three of them. Back-to-back 3s made it 42-27 as Mulberry took the lead. Taylor Naegle hit the second one off the bench.
“Taylor usually starts and we had to go big tonight,” Mulberry coach Adam Carlton said. “She didn’t pout and when I put her back in there she hit a big clutch three for us.”
Brittany Edwards also had a 3-pointer in the run and finished with 14 points. Lexi Voorhees had 12.
Mulberry hit 7-of-11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to finish the game and set up a rematch with Mountainburg.
“We lost some good girls from last year’s team and so did they,” Carlton said. “But we have both been able to get off to a good start this year and it should be another good matchup. Our girls know their girls and we have played each other in the finals of a couple of tournaments over the years.”
County Line 58, Mulberry 28 (Men’s)
County Line (10-1) used another dominating defensive performance to sail into its fifth straight Lavaca Classic final.
Michael Kuykendall hit for 17 points, Corey Wilhelm added 14 for the Indians.
Mulberry 74, Lavaca 48 (Women’s)
Logan Archer and Lexi Voorhees had 20 points each and Rebecca Treat had 10 for Mulberry (8-2) during Tuesday’s contest.
The Lady Yellow Jackets jumped ahead 29-9 after the first period and cruised in with the win.
Codie Robertson had 29 points for Lavaca.