Tensas, Centreville fall in state tournament

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 21, 2008

MARKS — Extremely poor shooting was the culprit as the Tensas Academy Lady Chiefs saw their season come to an end in the first round of the MPSA Class A State Tournament.

Tensas shot less than 25 percent from the field and missed all 14 three-pointers they attempted in a 49-28 loss to West Memphis (Ark.) Wednesday afternoon.

“We just shot the ball extremely poorly and got beat soundly,” Tensas coach Allen Crigler said. “We couldn’t get anything going offensively. We were totally out of synch.”

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Tensas scored no more than eight points in any quarter as West Memphis steadily pulled away from them throughout the game.

The score was only 9-5 after the first quarter, but West Memphis outscored the Lady Chiefs 19-7 in the second quarter and 19-8 in the third quarter to turn the game into a blowout.

Kaitlen Emfinger led Tensas (20-13) with 12 points while Mary Miller Ratcliff scored eight for the Lady Chiefs.

West Memphis was led by Lindsey Root with 27 points and Ashley King with eight.

Despite the loss, Crigler considered the 2007-2008 season a success for the Lady Chiefs.

“We feel pretty good about the season we had,” Crigler said. “We were runners-up in the South State Tournament and had only one senior (Emfinger). She finished out a heck of a career for us.”

Leake Academy girls 82, Centreville 53

GRENADA — The Centreville Academy Lady Tigers saw their season come to an end with a loss to the No. 1 ranked Leake Academy Rebelettes in the first round of the Class AA State Tournament.

Leake outscored Centreville 33-9 in the first quarter and led 66-28 at halftime before cruising to the victory in the second half.

The Lady Tigers, the No. 4 team out of the south, finished their season with a 12-19 record.