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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Heber Jr. Girls' rally falls short

  • Heber Springs outscored Mayflower 10-2 in third quarter and opened the fourth with a bucket to pull within four before the unbeaten Junior Lady Eagles pulled away behind a 6-0 surge to beat the Junior Lady Panthers 41-31 on Tuesday at the Panther Den.
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  • Heber Springs outscored Mayflower 10-2 in third quarter and opened the fourth with a bucket to pull within four before the unbeaten Junior Lady Eagles pulled away behind a 6-0 surge to beat the Junior Lady Panthers 41-31 on Tuesday at the Panther Den.
    Down 34-18 early in the third quarter after Mayflower versatile forward Ali York scored deep in the paint, Heber came alive behind post player Lana Milton, who scored on a wide variety of shots while collecting eight points in the period.
    The Jr. Lady Panthers trimmed their deficit to 34-24 when guard Hannah Thomas dished to forward Ciara Roberson for a layup in transition and Milton followed with a jumper from right elbow and two free throws, leaving Mayflower with a 34-28 lead heading into the final six minutes of play.
    On the Jr. Lady Panthers' first possession of the fourth quarter, Roberson buried a 17-foot jumper from left wing but Mayflower responded with six straight, starting with a steal and layup by guard Tori Lasker.
    Forward Tristen Lasker then came away with a steal and passed to York, who drilled a three-pointer from right wing and Tori Lasker turned a steal into a free throw with 3:51 left and the Jr. Lady Eagles used their pressure defense to stave off Heber's rally.
    York scored a game-high 17 points for Mayflower (6-0) and Tori Lasker added 13. Milton led Heber with 13 points and Roberson had eight.

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