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Lady Panthers are 1A Region 2 Champions

By: Cayla Blanchard

It was a all too familiar setting Saturday , February 24th,  at Brady Hipp Arena on the campus of West Side School in Greers Ferry for the 1A Region 2 Finals. The Lady Panthers saw themselves take on the same foe as the previous Saturday for the District Championship in the same arena as West Side hosted both  The District and Regional Tournament. The Lady Concord upset the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears in the Semifinals the previous night, pitting them against the Lady Panthers of Norfork for the title game. It was even more familiar when once again the Lady Panthers walked away victorious with a 50-37 victory and the title of 1A Region 2 Champions.  Keely Blanchard led the Lady Panthers with 21 points while Liza Shaddy scored 15 points and Kasey Moody notched in 8 points for Norfork.

In order to get to the Championship game the Lady Panthers first knocked off Maynard’s Lady Tigers in their first round of the tournament,  taking a 71-26 victory.  Kasey Moody led the Lady Panthers with 14 points, while Liza Shaddy and Maggie Tyrone scored 13 a piece and Keely Blanchard added 12 points for Norfork.  The Lady Panthers faced Mark Tree’s Lady Indians in the Semifinal round after they took down Rural Special’s Lady Rebels. The Lady Panthers won the contest 66-32. Liza Shaddy led the Lady Panthers with 21 points while Keely Blanchard and Cate Shaddy netted 14 points a piece and Maggie Tyrone added 7 points for Norfork.

The Lady Panthers now crowned District- Conference and Regional Champions will head into the State tournament as a #1 seed and take on Alpena’s Lady Leopards in their first round of the 1A State Tournament held at North Arkansas College in Harrison Arkansas at 7pm on Tuesday,  February 27th. See ya’ll next week for State tournament updates and scores! Go Lady Panthers, take State!



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