Lady Lions end sea­son with loss in state quar­ter­fi­nals

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GRAVETTE — The Lady Lions breezed past Ash­down in state tour­na­ment play but lost by one in a heart-break­ing quar­ter­fi­nal game on Fri­day, los­ing to Riverview, 76-75.

Ab­bie Jiles scored 24 points, and Riverview (259) held off Gravette (25-8).

Parker Smith had 13 points for the Lady Raiders. Baylee Davis poured in 12 points and Alexa Gray added 11 points.

Jiles’ three-point play gave the Lady Raiders a 65-64 lead with 1:54 left to play. Jes­sica Book­out’s bas­ket helped Gravette re­gain the lead at 66-65, but that was the last lead for the Lady Lions.

With 1:30 re­main­ing, Jiles hit two free throws to give Riverview a 67-66 lead. In the fi­nal 1:02, the Lady Raiders were 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

Kyrstin Bran­scum scored a game-high 27 points for the Lady Lions. Tea­gan Dixon fin­ished with 11 points, and Tori Foster added 10 points.


De­spite com­mit­ting 33 turnovers, Gravette de­feated Ash­down.

Gravette (25-7), which shot 18 of 40 from the floor, had three play­ers score at least 10 points. Ju­nior guard Jes­sica Book­out scored a team-high 13 points. Sopho­more guard Cally Kil­dow fin­ished with 11 points, while fresh­man guard Shylee Mor­ri­son added 10.

Se­nior guard Lark Wilk­er­son led Ash­down (17-13) with 14 points, in­clud­ing four three-point­ers. Zakiyah Rhone, a se­nior guard, added 10 points for the Lady Pan­thers, who shot 13 of 53 from the floor and com­mit­ted 32 turnovers.

It was 13-13 en­ter­ing the sec­ond quar­ter, then Gravette went on a 18-2 run to take a 31-16 lead with 2:08 left in the first half. Se­nior guard Kyrstin Bran­scum’s three-poin­ter capped the run for the Lady Lions. Gravette outscored Ash­down 24-7 in the sec­ond quar­ter to lead 37-20 at half­time.


On a sad note, Gravette sopho­more Cally Kil­dow was in­jured in the quar­ter­fi­nal game against Riverview and will not be able to pitch for the Lady Lions un­til bro­ken bones in her lower leg are healed. Kil­dow was Gravette’s star pitcher in her fresh­man year and threw shutout games and broke strike­out records at the school. The in­jury is a blow both to Kil­dow and her team­mates.

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