Posted Date: 02/20/2018
The Nettleton Lady Raiders displayed the same level of defense that won a district championship last year, shutting out Wynne in both the first and third quarters en route to a 75-13 blowout in the 5A-East tournament.
The Lady Raiders (25-2) didn't allow a point until roughly a third into the game. They led 30-0 after one quarter and 48-7 at halftime before third-quarter blanking led to a 58-7 advantage.
Mya Love led Nettleton with 10 points, Dasia Young adding nine, each doing all their damage in the opening quarter. The Lady Raiders had 15 different players score, including a few of their ninth-grade call-ups, leading to their largest margin of victory on the season.
The Lady Raiders advance to face today's Valley View-Batesville winner at 7 p.m. Thursday. They also clinched a berth in next week's Class 5A tournament at Maumelle.
The Nettleton Raiders overcame a "sluggish" start in the words of coach Mark McCord, awakening for 56 points over the final three quarters for a 64-34 drubbing of host Batesville in the opening round of the 5A-East district tournament Monday.
With the lopsided result, the Raiders (20-7) picked up their 20th victory and clinched their second consecutive spot in next week's Class 5A tournament.
Batesville (1-24) succeeded in slowing the game in the opening quarter with a zone defense and a matchup problem in the frontcourt, McCord said. With Nettleton center Jarquavious Cain picking up two fouls, the Raiders led only 8-6 at the end of the first.
But once Nettleton made some defensive adjustments and got Cain back into the game, the Raiders picked it up to lead 25-15 at halftime and 43-23 after three quarters.
The 20th win wasn't the only milestone reached Monday, as Kevin Fulton picked up his 1,000th career point while scoring a game-high 20. Cain finished with 14 to continue his hot finish to his junior campaign, and Nathan Anderson added nine points.
Nettleton advances to play the winner of today's Greene County Tech-Wynne game at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.