Photos by Jamie Shelly
Lavaca Lady Arrows headed off to Carlisle for the first round of the Arkansas 2A State Tournament. Coming off of a heartbreaking loss in the Regional Championship game to the Danville Lady Little Johns, The Lady Arrows remained highly optimistic about their chances. They met up with the Riverside Lady Rebels in the first round. Riverside came in as the favorite with a 32-7 record and averaging 52 points per game. The Lady Arrows played hard and held the Lady Rebs to only 37 points. However, The Lady Arrows had a hard time finding the bottom of the net, only scoring 20.
For the Lady Arrows, it was sad to have a season cut short of the goal. However, these ladies have had a great season and should be extremely proud of themselves. They have played hard every time they hit the court. They have proved that they have no quit in them. Most importantly though, they have left their mark on the school. They have built a legacy of basketball excellence and set an example for future generations of Lady Arrows to follow. This is a senior laden team, and they will be missed for sure, but the Lady Arrows will be returning a talented group of underclassmen who stand ready to pick up the torch. Resident Press would like to wish seniors; BethAnn May, Hope Headley, Skylar Hyatt, Julianne O’Dell, Avery Green, and Adeline Newhart, God Speed and good luck in your futuren endeavors. Thank you ladies for the memories.
Coach Wyles had a special relationship with these seniors and will miss coaching them next year. He expressed his pride in them them and his outlook of the future of the program saying, “I couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls and what they accomplished this year. Making the state tournament is never easy, and I’m really glad these girls were able to see the product of their hard work this year. The seniors who are leaving our program have been a really special group of girls to coach. They’re ending their careers with 57 wins, a conference championship, a district championship, a regional runner-up, and a state tournament appearance. Beyond all that, those girls have been great leaders for our program, in our school, and within our community. It’s hard to replace that kind of character in student-athletes, but I’m incredibly thankful that I got the opportunity to coach them. I’m really excited about what we have returning next year. This off-season we’re going to spend a lot of time getting stronger in the weight room, and getting a lot of skill development reps in on the court. Next year these girls will be looking to repeat what we were able to accomplish this season.”