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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lady Mustangs nip West Side

  • Midland guard Katelyn Lewis sank a free throw with 2.7 seconds left, capping a 6-0 surge in the final minute as the Lady Mustangs rallied past West Side 57-56 on Monday in 1A-2 South Conference action in Greers Ferry.
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  • Midland guard Katelyn Lewis sank a free throw with 2.7 seconds left, capping a 6-0 surge in the final minute as the Lady Mustangs rallied past West Side 57-56 on Monday in 1A-2 South Conference action in Greers Ferry.
    With the Lady Eagles leading 56-51 after guard Emily Southerland drove to the basket for a tough layup over a Midland defender, the Lady Mustangs bounced back as forward Paisley Pratt scored off an inbound play and Lewis ripped a three-pointer from right wing, setting up the game-winning free throw.
    In a game that featured 10 ties, West Side jumped out to a 6-0 lead as point guard Abby Turney hit a pull up bank shot from right side, forward Ashley Gentry canned two free throws and Turney drove coast-to-coast for a layup.
    Midland countered with a 7-0 run, which featured a three-pointer from Lewis and two baskets by Pratt, both off baseline inbound plays.
    The Lady Eagles briefly regained the lead on a putback by post player Taylor Clark, but Lewis hit two free throws and Pratt buried a midrange jumper from right baseline at the buzzer, giving Midland an 11-8 lead after one quarter of play.
    Clark drilled a three-pointer from right corner on the Lady Eagles' opening possession of the second quarter and West Side tied the game shortly after on a rebound bucket by Clark.
    West Side guard Sydnee Phillips nailed a three-pointer in transition as the Lady Eagles took a 16-15 lead but Lewis answered with a three-pointer for Midland.
    Turney picked a steal and finished in the open floor before guard Carly Fisher popped a three-pointer from left elbow and Lewis sank two free throws, giving the Lady Mustangs a 23-18 lead with 2:39 left in the first half.
    West Side forward Alexis Barnes hit a free throw and Turney drove around a double screen and ripped a three-pointer from left wing as the Lady Eagles trimmed their deficit to one, but Fisher fired back with a pull up jumper from right baseline.
    Down by three, Turney hit a driving shot in traffic while drawing contact. Turney converted from the line to complete the three-point play and tie the score at 25-all heading to the locker room.
    Midland outscored West Side 16-12 in the third quarter behind six points from Pratt, five from Lewis and five from guard Terri Biggers, who nailed a three-pointer from left wing, pushing the Lady Mustangs in front by one.
    In the final minute of the third period, Pratt drained a three-pointer from top of the arc, extending Midland's lead to 41-37 entering the final eight minutes of play.
    West Side opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive as Phillips turned an offensive rebound into a free throw and Turney swiped a steal and finished, while absorbing contact. Turney's ensuing free throw tied the score.
    Page 2 of 2 - Midland regained the lead when post player Whitney Reeves flipped an offensive rebound into a free throw, but the Lady Eagles stormed in front with five straight, starting with a driving layup by Turney.
    Clark followed with a three-pointer from right wing, but Midland refused to go away as Pratt hit a turnaround jumper inside the foul line and post player Jessica Hertz turned an offensive rebound into a free throw.
    Guard Carra Duncan hit a free throw for West Side before Hertz scored from left block off an assist from Lewis. Turney quickly answered with a tough driving shot in transition then Turney picked a steal and scored, pushing the Lady Eagles' lead to 51-47 with three minutes remaining.
    Following a free throw by Gentry, Midland guard Kim Allen and Barnes traded a pair of foul shots, leaving West Side's lead at 54-49 with 1:57 left.
    Midland outscored the Lady Eagles 8-2 down the stretch and sealed the victory on Lewis' late free throw to pull out a 57-56 victory.
    Lewis led Midland (6-4, 3-1) with 21 points, Pratt followed with 18 and Fisher chipped in seven.
    Turney paced West Side (5-7, 1-3) with 21 points, while Barnes and Gentry each added nine and Clark had eight.

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