The De Queen junior girls clinched the runner-up spot in 7AAAA with a 30-29 overtime win over visiting Mena Jan. 25.
Belle Lindsey of De Queen hit her second three pointer of the fourth quarter to tie the score at 25-25 with a dozen seconds left in regulation.
Mena’s Fairless scored the first points of OT, the ball dropping in after balancing on the rim for a full second.
Lindsey tied the score again with a pair of free throws, but Mena scored again. De Queen appeared to score the tying basket when Hannah Phillips put the ball in after a collision in heavy traffic in the paint. However, a traveling call wiped out the basket.
Phillips did tie the game at 29 with a similar bucket with :27 on the clock. The visitors could have regained the lead at the free throw line but missed. Allison Dockins grabbed the rebound at :19.
After a De Queen timeout, Lindsey was fouled driving for a lay-up. She made her first free throw for the winning point with :03 left. Mena got the missed second shot and managed to get a timeout with :00.5 on the clock. A desperation throw from midcourt was not close.
De Queen struggled from the opening tip off. The home team scored only four points, both on fast break lay-ups, and trailed 6-4 at the end of the opening period. With Mena up 10-6, Brylee Braden kept her balance after a collision under the board and scored with less than a minute in the half, only to see the visitors go up 12-8 on a last second shot.
A 10-9 De Queen run in the third cut the gap at 21-18 to start the fourth.
Lindsey’s nine points topped the home team’s scoring list. Phillips put in eight. Braden and Emma Vance each scored four points. Sydney Casteel had three and Jera Cotten two.
De Queen had a dozen fouls and made seven of 14 free throws.
Mena had 14 fouls and hit one of nine foul shots. Fairless led the visitors with nine points.
Cubs’ fourth quarter surge fell short. Mena held on for a 37-32 win.
De Queen led 9-6 at the end of the first but the visitors were up 18-17 at the half and 22-20 at the end of the third quarter.
The Cubs had their most prolific period in the fourth when they put in 12 points. Manny Hernandez had four. Will Dykes and Cooper Young each hit a three and Luke Reed added two points. Still, they could not tie the score, and a late basket gave Mena a five point lead.
Hernandez scored nine points for the Cubs. Dykes also had nine, all on treys. Cooper had two threes for six points. Reed added five points and Nathan Patterson three.
The Cubs committed a dozen fouls and made one of two free throws. Mena had nine fouls and went three of six at the foul line.