Vilonia girls advance in 5A tournament

The second half was good to Vilonia Thursday at the 5A state tournament at Alma.

With some accurate shooting from afar and the free-throw line, Vilonia’s girls outscored Forrest City 34-25 in the second half to pull away to a 60-49 victory over Alma in the weather-delayed first round of thre state tournament.

The Lady Eagles (26-3), the 5A West champion, struggled against Forrest City’s pressure defense in the first half, holding on to a 26-24 halftime lead over the Lady Mustangs, the No. 4 seed from 5A East.

The Lady Eagles scored the first six points of the second half and got into the bonus situation at the free-throw line midway through the third quarter on the way to a 60-40 victory, their 14th straight win.

Vilonia will now play at 5 p.m. Saturday against either Watson Chapel or Little Rock Christian.

Late in the third quarter, the Lady Mustangs narrowed the deficit to 38-31. Audrey Moran’s 3-pointer provided a cushion. Vilonia pulled out to a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter and kept the Lady Mustangs at bay after a late charge.

Moran led Vilonia with 24 points. Cassidy McNespey had 13 and McKenzie Morris 10.

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