Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on February 26, 1968 · Page 4
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Ittr, fetor % T§§§ JUhdown Wins State Class A Girls TltU and Asntfovn are the best* matched teams to come around In a tonf while, Jfot faftlftf * ttvlng awsy from the P«fi* therettesf because they haw one heckuvft team, but no one will ever know which teftm was the better, There were too many "its." Therefore Ashdown can cJUl themselves state Class Aehftmp* ions, and only our town will ire* member *ho was runnerttp* Leslie Hljth School took lh« sports* manshlp and scholarship tro* phles, and they will be tough next year, Btit the only place where Hope eame out on top was by placing three girls on the All* State team, more than any other team. The Coleman sisters, Kathryn and Kay, very deservedly were selected along with Carol Anth* ony, who set records with her 702 points in her last season as a Lady Cat* The Most Valu** ble Player award went to Rita Adams of Greenwood, although many thought that a Lady Cat, either Anthony or Kathryn Coleman, should have gotten it, Miss Adams was a very fine forward, though, with a lot of ability. And by the way, Ashdown put Nita McGraw and Kay Welch on the all-state team. The season Is over for the Lady Cats now, however, and the greatest girls team In Hopo history Just wasn't willed to win it. tomorrow the season as a whole will be observed and evaluated, but you can tell by now the Hope Lady Cats still have nothing to be ashamed of. $ 2 3 4 «d|>t & !4 13 10 46 ? 8 20 13 41 Hope Girls Use Bid for State Title to Ashdown by a Point By RALPH ROUTON Star Sportswriter Life can be so futile. One sickly point made the difference as the Ashdown Pantherettes edged the proud Hope Lady Cats 47-46 for the State Class A Senior Girls championship in an overflowing Prescott High School gym last Saturday night. With eight seniors playingthelr last game after many long years of playing basketball for Hope High School, It was a heart-breaking loss. Of course, the other Hope girls were crushed, but It was the last chance for the seniors. And Ashdown won it in the most demonstrative way, by coming from behind in the second half. The doors to the gym had to be locked over forty minutes before the 7:30 p.m. gametlme.and many fans, nearly all of them from Hope, were turned away. In a room that could seat 600 persons, a crowd pushing 1000 crammed In, many even settling for a square foot of space in the lobby, where the Scoreboard was all that could be seen. They got their money's worth several times over, though, In a beautiful showoff of girls basketball. And District 7-A proved that it rules in Class A, with both Ashdown and Hope able to outclass anybody else in the tourney to get to the finals again. As the opening tip was tossed up, It was simple to realize that it would be a game never to be forgotten. Hope controlled the tip, and Kathryn Coleman made a layup to send the Lady Cats ahead 2-0 with 6:33 left In the first period. Ashdown quickly evened It up on a 10-footer by Nlta McGraw, and the teams were destined to play It close. The Pantherettes hit the lead for the first time on a free throw by McGraw with 4:52 left at 5-4. With both sets of guards limit- Ing open shots to nil, neither team could hit from outside and the teams battled with little sloppiness, and fewpolnts were scored. On the up side of the basket- trading, the Lady Cats held the lead 9-7 when the first quarter ended. However, Hope fans still didn't have too much tp^cheer about;-b«icluse-th"e Lady-Cats Had gone through a four-minute period In the first quarter without scoring. That second quarter, though, was the last one In which the Hope girls outscored the opponent. Finally shaking off the fact that Ashdown wanted to win, the game became the Lady Cats' showcase. With Hope leading 1110, the score stayed the same tor over two minutes, before the Lady Cats began to take advantage of AshoJown's mistakes and muster up a lead. To break it open Carol Anthony popped two free shots, her first points of the entire contest, as she was being guarded closely, sometimes by two girls. Then Kathryn Coleman sacked a 10-footer with 3:17 left In the half footer with 3:17 left In the half to put Hope ahead 15-10. Both squads quickly traded two points for the umpteenth time, and the Pantherettes couldn't catch up. Stuck In a lead that fluctuated between three and five points, The Ashdown Pantherettes single point Saturday night Class A girls title. Hope was playing their best. The guards had Ashdown's forwards diagnosed, and the forwards were hitting their shots at a near 50 per cent accuracy. But the climax came In the final 1:07 of the half, as the Lady Cats flipped In two outside field goals to take a beautiful 23-15 margin Into the dressing room backed by a standing ovation from their followers. For some reason, though, things sort of got turned around during the ten-minute Intermission. I suppose that, when a coach has been at a school like Helen Parker's 21 years at Ashdown, she can learn to give some pretty - elojueuti speeches be tow ft's'bverVlth. -Tills'.'had to be" the case during the half time, because Ashdown's Pantherettes returned looking like the team that had beaten the Lady Cats 54-51 in double overtime In the district finals on that same court exactly a week earlier. The first abnormal thing to happen came about after nearly ten seconds of play. Panther- ette forward Suzanne Walker scored a basket and made the foul shot for a three-point play, and suddenly Hope only led 23-18. But the weird thing about the situation was that In the first half Miss Walker had not even been allowed a shot. So before you could blink an eye Ashdown had cut It to 30-27 with three minutes left in the third quarter. By now the momentum had swung in the other direction, on account of the fact that guardsNellieChurchwelland Kay Coleman had picked up four fouls apiece while doing their best Job ever, along with — Hope Star Photo edged the Hope girls by a to capture the Arkansas NATIONAL BANK™ Donna Byers. Neither team could score a thing for a long time, before two outside shots for Ashdown brought them within a single sickly point. Anthony threw In a re-, bound, however, and Hope led 34-31 with 0:53 left In the third segment. Gayle Altenbaumerand Nlta McGraw were hitting from way out for the Pantherettes to hold them close, and they trailed the Lady Cats by One sickly point, 36-35, entering the grand finale. Sheer pandemonium was existing: on both sides, as both squads gave each other.opportunlty after opportunity. Kathryn Co Jemnn hit one,of her patented hook shots itq^glve '.•H9pe ! *«^0.3'( i breathing -'fOOrtf with 5:45 to' fa but Ashdown matched basket for basket. Tense and numb with the game's closeness, nobody could do anything right, and the Scoreboard remained unchanged until Gail Hartsfield sank a layup at 2:34 for a 42-39 lead. Now the action came thick and fast. McGraw made a crucial three-point play to even It up at 42-all with 2:12 remaining, a net-popper to put the Lady Cats on top 44-42 when Carol Anthony stepped to the line with a 1 and 1 and 1:41 to go. Here the buildup of the long game told, and Carol missed her first shot. Ashdown came down quickly, and after taking a jump ball forward McGraw laid another claim to the title of "superglrl" for the Pantherettes by tying it up on still another 20-footer. Then she assured herself of the heroine award by dropping two charity shots to send her team ahead 46-44 with 1:12 now left. But the last minute was frus. tratlng, and many people will be trying to push it out of their minds in the future. When the Lady Cats could not put the ball through the hoop, they were called for fouling. Things still were quite hopeful when McGraw missed a free shot with 36 ticks on the clock. But a whistle blew, and referee Grady Cathey broke the news to a totally silent crowd that Hope's Kay Coleman had entered the foul lane too early tor her rebound, and thus Ashdown got a second chance, One sickly point, and Nita McGraw made it, Hope quickly sent Kathryn Cole man underneath for two points with only 20 seconds to go, and the crown became optimistic of the Lady Cats' chances in pulling it out, Suzanne Walker was fouled quickly by our Donna Byers, and her attempt went astray, Thirteen Jong seconds to go, but this time, of all times, the ball bounced high off the backboard and away from Hope's strong side, AUenbaumer pulled it down for Ashdown, and the antagonizing wait for the foul began. But the Pantherettes kept the ball g*ay from poona Byers, knowing that she hal fouls to spare while Coleman ajjd Churchwell already had four, Finally Donna '*as able to foul the person with the ball, but the wait had been too long, Only one pendulum swing was left in the season, The free thro* was missed, and Hope got the m- bpund^ Then they ran out of time. It is the belief of this writer that t on a neutral court, Hope Tftiffi fouls! ftope tO, Ashdown is, • a lit* t ball Arkansas Basketball Stores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS College Arkansas 18, Rice 65 Arkansas State U. tOt, Trinity U. 91 AtC Tournament At Wne Bluff Harding $1, Arkansas Tech 81 Ouachlta 19, John Brow U, 11 Arkansas Collets 84, Philander Smith 11 Southern State 108, Arkansas 64 lltth Surprise With Vittory tn tesiethflU action at Jones Field Ifettse Saturday morning the ifads surprised ewyorw* by winning their first gnme of tfw seftsohv The Whites surprised n» on* by winning th<Hr thtni stfalfht, tlth no losses, Tfts Greens fculed 10 times trylngto stop to* R«rts* The Reds hit tf«8 fre« throws as well a* the field joftls And rolled to an oasy 21* 11 victory. At the nflll*way mark on th* schedule, im Whites arc alone at lh« top with all three oth*r lonms (led with Identical 14 r«* cords, HOPE LADY CATS FT FT-FTA Anthony 4 7-13 Cole man 10 0-0 Hartsflold 5 1-1 Totals 19 8-14 ASHDOWN PANTHERETTES Walker Altenbaumor McGraw Totals FG 1 9 7 n FT-FTA 1-3 6-7 6-10 13-20 47 High School State Tournaments Class AAA Junior High At Jacksonville Fort Smith Darby 42, Fayette- vllle Ramoy 33, first place Class AA Junior High At Russellvllle Harrison 51, Camden Fair- View 45, first place Class A Junior High At Cherry Valley Corning 21, McGehee 24, first place Class B Junior High At Hampton Ouachlta County 40, Dover 26, first place Class A Senior Girls At Prescott Ashdown 41, Hope 46, first place Class B Senior Girls Al Greonbrler Bradley 24, Plunwvllle 16, first place Two World Marks Are Recognized FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The International Amateur Athletic Federation recognized two world records Sunday — The one-mile woman's mirk of 4:31, set by England's Anne 20 Smith an the discus throw of 61,26 meters by Llesel Wester- rnannofWnst Gormanv. 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