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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MARK HUMPHREY Gravette coach Will Pittman explains tactics to the Lady Lions' basketball squad during a timeout. Pittman has guided the Lady Lions to a 16-5 record as of Thursday, including a 53-37 conference win over Lincoln in a rescheduled game played on Jan. 20.

GRAVETTE -- Three-point shots weren't falling for Gravette (16-4), but the Lady Lions found other ways to score on the second day of consecutive competition.

The mark of a quality team is, when the bread and butter of an offense aren't working, it has something to fall back on. Gravette posted a 53-37 win over Lincoln (11-10) behind 19 points from Kyrstin Branscum, who had the Lady Lions' only 3-point field goal of the contest.

Gravette was pushed to the limit the night before and overcame a six-point deficit on the road at Pea Ridge. Despite not scoring for the final four minutes, Gravette held on for an emotional 58-56 win. They returned home and tipped off against Lincoln in a rare Saturday night game played Jan. 20.

"We had a tough game with Pea Ridge that we won by two points Friday, then we had to come back and play on Saturday," said Gravette coach Will Pittman. "Lincoln played pretty well. We wore them down in the fourth quarter and at the end."

While Gravette couldn't find the hoop from long-range, Lincoln uncorked six 3-pointers during the game. Despite that disparity, the Lady Lions outscored Lincoln in every quarter. Gravette built a 31-23 halftime lead and led 39-28 going into the fourth quarter. Jessica Bookout added 10 points for the Lady Lions. Tristan Cunningham and Hollie Webb each had eight points for Lincoln.

Gravette 53, Lincoln 37

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Lincoln (11-10): Hollie Webb 3 1-2 8, Tristan Cunningham 4 0-0 8, Madison Jones 2 0-0 6, Robin Kirk 3 0-1 6, Jessica Goldman 2 1-3 5, Averi Massey 1 1-2 4. Totals 15 3-8 37.

Gravette (16-4): Kyrstin Branscum 7 4-6 19, Jessica Bookout 4 2-4 10, Teagan Dixon 4 1-2 9, Tori Foster 3 1-2 7, Gabbi Curtis 1 2-4 4, Shylee Morrison 1 0-0 2, Mallory Smith 0 2-2 2. Totals 20 10-20 53.

3-Point Goals -- Lincoln 6 (T. Cunningham 2, Jones 2, H. Webb, Massey). Gravette 1 (Branscum).

Sports on 01/31/2018

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