Lady Tro­jans fall short in Jr. District fi­nals

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports - News-Times staff

JUNC­TION CITY - Fordyce took ad­van­tage at the free throw line Sat­ur­day and topped Park­ers Chapel 30-25 in the girls cham­pi­onship game of the 2A-8 Jr. High District Tour­na­ment. The Lady Tro­jans fin­ished their sea­son with a 16-5 record.

The Lady Bugs con­verted on 10-of-40 at the free throw line. Park­ers Chapel hit 4-of-8 free throws in the game and was never in the bonus. The foul dif­fer­en­tial was 24 on PC and 11 against Fordyce.

“I’m ex­tremely proud of my team for their ef­fort. We did not back down to them one bit,” said Park­ers Chapel coach Justin Welch. “If any­body had asked at the be­gin­ning of the year if this team would be in the fi­nals, not one per­son would’ve said yes. These girls have fought all year and I’m ex­tremely proud of them. Their ef­fort was phe­nom­e­nal.”

Park­ers Chapel led 9-7 af­ter one quar­ter. The game was tied 15-15 at the half. Fordyce outscored the Lady Tro­jans 6-2 in the third and 9-8 in the fourth.

Madi­son Sul­li­van led the Lady Tro­jans with eight points with Tess Mon­teith scor­ing seven.

"That ju­nior high bunch is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how im­por­tant team chem­istry is. Those girls have ac­cepted their roles on the team," Welch added. "You can tell they played not for them­selves but for their team­mates. I thought that's what pro­pelled us to that next level. There were so many times that you could look down at the other end of the court and you'd see all the ath­letes on the other end. But yet, my girls didn't back down. It helped out that they had that bull­dog-type of at­ti­tude. They weren't scared of any­body."

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