Cutter Morning Star came from behind in the fourth quarter Friday for a 31-29 non-conference victory at Eagle Fieldhouse against Fountain Lake.
Junior McKenna Knott-Debord hit a layup with 58 seconds remaining to tie the score at 29-all. She converted on two out of three shots from the free throw line with seven seconds left to seal the win for the Lady Eagles (7-16, 4-10 2A-5 South)
"I thought both teams played hard," said Cutter Morning Star head girls' basketball coach Brittany Senn. "I didn't think my girls played very well from an offensive stance, but we hit the shots when we needed to hit them, so that's awesome."
Fountain Lake (5-22, 0-14 3A-4) took the lead with an 11-3 run in the third quarter. Cutter Morning Star outscored the visitors, 14-6, in the final frame.
The Lady Eagles will next play as the sixth seed in the 2A-5 South district tournament on Monday at 7 p.m. in Carlisle against seventh-seeded Maumelle Charter (5-21, 1-13). Cutter Morning Star won, 38-15, in Maumelle on Dec. 17 and won, 62-20, against the Lady Falcons on Jan. 18 at Eagle Fieldhouse.
"I feel good about it," said Senn. "We have a good chance to win Monday if we come out and do the things we're supposed to do. To get this win here against a bigger rival school, it gives us a lot of energy going into the postseason."
Knott-Debord finished with 10 points for Cutter. Junior Kara Kincaid chipped in eight points and fellow junior C.J. Burks added six.
Moments into the opening quarter, Fountain Lake's Karli Bryant got the Lady Cobras on the board early with a 3-pointer. Fountain Lake held a 5-4 lead midway through the first frame until the Lady Eagles pushed back and came out on top, 7-5, to close the quarter.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well and missed way too many point-blank shots," said Fountain Lake head girls' basketball coach Chris Mungle. "We didn't shoot well from the free throw line and were in foul trouble all night long. I had three kids foul out in the fourth quarter.
"We've been playing really good basketball the last couple of weeks, but tonight we just didn't show up to play what we've been playing."
Sophomore Presley Hamric paced the Lady Cobras with nine of her 11 points in the second half. Junior forward Emoree Martin tallied six points and senior Cherokee Fields added five points.
"We have district coming up next week on Monday," said Mungle. "Hopefully, we regroup and come out ready to play."
Fountain Lake trailed, 14-12, going into the halftime break after both teams traded baskets.
Fields sparked a comeback with a trey early in the third period, putting the Lady Cobras ahead, 17-16. Hamric later added another from behind the 3-point line, stretching Fountain Lake's lead by six points to close out the quarter, 23-17, but it wasn't enough to secure the win after being outscored by eight points in the fourth period.
Fountain Lake is the eighth seed in the 3A-4 district hosted by Two Rivers in Ola. The Lady Cobras are matched up in the first round on Monday at 4 p.m. with rival Jessieville (13-13, 5-9), the No. 5 seed.
The winner will advance to face the No. 4 seed, Paris (18-9, 8-6), on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for a spot in the semifinals and a berth into the 3A-2 regional tournament the following week at Perryville. Jessieville won the first matchup, 37-19, on its home court on Dec. 4 with another 53-36 victory on Jan. 15 at Fountain Lake.Sports on 02/10/2019
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