Mountain Home went almost 12 minutes without scoring and almost went the entire first half without a field goal in its Focus Bank Knockout Tournament game against Marion on Friday night.
And the offensive drought ultimately caused the Lady Bombers to fall 47-25 to the Lady Patriots in the semifinals at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.
Marion — a member of the 7A/6A-East Conference with Mountain Home — hit a trio of 3-pointers and led 13-0 early in the game. The Lady Patriots scored two more deuces and held a 17-0 lead after one quarter.
Marion’s opening streak stretched to 23-0 before Mountain Home sophomore Maly Tabor finally ended the Lady Bomber drought with 1 of 2 free throws with just over four minutes left in the second quarter.
The Lady Patriots led 27-1 when sophomore Hannah Pfeifer hit a jumper for Mountain Home’s first field goal with just over two minutes remaining.
Junior Alivia O’Brien knocked down a 3-pointer to bring Mountain Home within 27-6, but Marion took a 29-6 cushion into halftime.
Marion pushed its lead to 34-8 after a 3-pointer, but Mountain Home received five points from Pfeifer and two free throws by Tabor to pull within 37-15 with :40 left in the third.
The Lady Patriots led 39-15 going into the final frame, where they led by as many as 25.
Pfeifer and Tabor led the Lady Bombers (2-3) with seven points apiece, while O’Brien, Cassie Martin and Micah Hudson added three each, and Vinessa Daniel chipped in two for Mountain Home, which will play in the third-place game at 3 p.m. Saturday against West Memphis.
Scoring was not reported for Marion, which advances to Saturday’s championship game against Fort Smith Northside at 4:30 p.m.
Statistics and scoring information courtesy of a radio broadcast by KTLO-KCTT Radio