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story.lead_photo.caption Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Lady Lion Jessica Bookout (wearing headband) manages a shot in spite of the flock of Lady Cardinals trying to put up a defensive line during the Farmington-Gravette girls' basketball contest at Cardinal Arena in Farmington Feb. 1.

FARMINGTON -- The Gravette Lady Lions managed to keep pace with the Lady Cardinals Feb. 1 when the team traveled to Farmington for the second conference contest of the week. The game was decided in the last minute of the second half when the Lady Lions cut into the Lady Cardinals lead, but time ran out for the Lady Lions as they lost to Farmington by four.

Gravette was the first to score on a three-point field goal by Gabbi Scott. On Gravette's next possession, Abigail Beranek hit a two-point field goal, giving the Lady Lions a five-point advantage in the first minute of the opening quarter. The Lady Cardinals hit a three on the next possession to close the gap by two.

The lead changed hands several times during the quarter, with both Gravette and Farmington hitting four three-point field goals each. The first quarter ended with the Lady Cardinal edging out the Lady Lions by a single point, 22-21.

In the second quarter, the lead went back and forth with neither team gaining a clear advantage. By the halftime break, Farmington held a two-point lead over Gravette.

The Lady Cardinals managed to maintain the two-point lead through much of the second half. With 41 seconds remaining, the Lady Cardinals widened that gap to seven. The Lady Lions managed to shave points off the Farmington lead with just seconds left. Farmington hit a field goal just before the final buzzer, extending its lead to four when time ran out. The Lady Cardinals claimed the conference victory, 74-70, over the Lady Lions.

Leading scorer for the Gravette Lady Lions was Jessica Bookout with 19, followed by Kaylan Chilton with 16, Abigail Beranek with 12 and Shylee Morrison with 11. Other Lady Lions scorers included Maggie McKenzie with three and Kasandra Tajchman with two.

The Lady Lions will play their final game of the 2018-19 season Feb. 8 when they travel to Pea Ridge to take on the Lady Blackhawks in a 6 p.m. contest at Blackhawk Gym in Pea Ridge.

Sports on 02/06/2019

Print Headline: Lady Lions fall to Lady Cardinals in high-scoring contest

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