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LITTLE ROCK — Norphlet overcame an early deficit and a little bit of drama to finish its girls basketball season unbeaten.
A three-point attempt by Marmaduke was well short, and Norphlet managed to run out the clock to win its first 2A state championship, 44-41, Thursday at Barton Coliseum.
Marmaduke (41-3) blew an early 7-0 lead, but came back to take a 23-15 halftime lead. But the Lady Leopards (35-0) steadily clawed back, leading 38-34 with 4:31 left.
Kalisha Willis made a go-ahead layup and scored again off a steal with 1:01 left to give the Lady Leopards a 42-39 lead. Cally Price rebounded a missed three and scored for Marmaduke, then Norphlet missed the front end of 1-and-1 to give the Lady Greyhounds a chance.
That chance was lost when Norphlet forced Marmaduke to lose her dribble out of bounds with 12 seconds. Norphlet made two free throws to make it a three-point game, and Marmaduke’s last attempt to tie was no good.
Jalisha Willis had 13 points and Kalisha Willis added 12 to lead Norphlet. Whitley Boggs scored a game-high 18 points and Jessica Lee had 10 for Marmaduke.
LITTLE ROCK — Greenland spoiled Jessieville’s attempt at an unbeaten season, shooting 58.3 percent from the field and holding the Lady Lions (33-1) to 20.8 percent shooting.
Much of Greenland’s strong shooting came in the second half, as the Lady Pirates (20-13) hit 72.2 percent from the field in opening up a 23-15 halftime lead.
Morgan Miller led Greenland with 14 points, followed by Anna Rogers and Kiana Thompson with nine each and Kari Scott with eight.
Justice Reliford led Jessieville with 13 points, and Carson Lamb added eight. Payton Lamb had 10 rebounds to go with two points for the Lady Lions.
Bay 54, Concord 51
LITTLE ROCK — Three players for each team scored in double figures, and Bay (34-5) held on for the championship despite not scoring in the final 2:48.
Tyson Oliver had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bay. Dylan Loven added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Matthew Holt had 11 points and six boards.
Luke Cornett led Concord (38-8) with 16 points and five assists. Jacob Roark added 13 points and Ryan Cornelison contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
Bay led 30-24 at halftime.