Photos by Amanda Hall
Saturday night the Lavaca Lady Arrows played for the 2A west Regional Championship, and what a game it was. The Lady Arrows led Danville the entire game. In an earlier article, I said this was going to be a war, and it was. Neither team gave an inch, but the Lady Arrows finally broke after foul trouble put two of Lavaca’s starters out of the game. Lavaca dominated the first three quarters of play, but in the 4th quarter the Lady Little Johns were able to erase a 13 point deficient to send the game to Overtime. For the Lady Arrows this was a tough pill to swallow. These two teams have battle four times this year and all four games have been a battle.
Coach Wyles was obviously disappointed in the outcome of the game, but he was proud of the Lady Arrow’s performance. On Sunday he had this to say, “Last night was a tough one for us. I thought we played about as well as we have all year for 3 quarters, but some foul trouble got us out of rhythm late in the game. Sierra, Julianne, and Hope shot the ball extremely well. After Beth Ann and Skylar had 2 great games this week. I thought Danville tried to do everything they could to minimize the damage inside. Our guards did a great job of keeping Danville honest on the perimeter and not allowing them to pack it in the lane. Danville deserves a lot of credit for battling back when they got down by 13 in the 2nd half. I was extremely proud of how our girls fought through some adversity, but unfortunately it just wasn’t our night.” Sierra Lamb and Julianne O’Dell led the team with 14 points each. Hope Headley also was solid with 13 Points. Beth Ann May added 6 points, and Skylar Hyatt and Avery Green finished with 4 each.
The Lady Arrows are not near done this year. Lavaca will go into the State tournament as the number two seed. They will play the Riverside Lady Rebels at 1pm on Thursday, February 28th in Carlisle Arkansas. Both teams come into the Tournament with a 10-2 conference record. For Lavaca, the key to the game will be to continue to play excellent defense. Riverside outscores Lavaca 53-45 on average and Lavaca will have to have a big game defensively to even the scales. Look for Skylar Hyatt and BethAnn May to control the paint, closing down the lane. Hope Headley, Avery Green, and Sierra Lamb will need to frustrate the Lady Rebs in the half-court. Offensively, the Lady Arrows will have to control the tempo of the game and take care of the ball.