Lady Warriors fend off Marshall, 47-46

Lady Warriors fend off Marshall, 47-46


Lady Warriors fend off Marshall, 47-46


Cotter’s Alexa Wooten puts up a shot during the Lady Warriors’ 47-46 victory over Marshall on Monday night at Cotter Coliseum.

Cotter’s Alexa Wooten puts up a shot during the Lady Warriors’ 47-46 victory over Marshall on Monday night at Cotter Coliseum.

COTTER — The Cotter Lady Warriors suffered through a dismal start in the first half, used a height advantage to rally for the lead in the second half, and ultimately survived with poor free-throw shooting down the stretch from Marshall to grab a 47-46 victory over the Lady Bobcats in a wild 3A-1 East Conference game Monday night at Cotter Coliseum.

Cotter — which improves to 2-3 in the league standings — fell behind 14-0 early in the game, but midway through the third quarter, trailing by nine, the host team made its run.

A basket by Alexa Wooten brought the Lady Warriors within 38-32 with 2:27 left in the third, and fellow sophomore Macie Clawson made it 38-34 when she scored at the 1:48 mark. Wooten made 1 of 2 free throws, and fellow post player Savannah Manis scored at the 1:18 mark to bring Cotter within one at 38-37.

Cotter took its first lead of the night when Wooten scored with :13.1 remaining, giving the Lady Warriors a 39-38 edge going into the fourth.

The Lady Warriors pushed their lead to five when Clawson made it 45-40 with 4:54 remaining. Kenzie Wallace — who led Marshall with a game-high 23 points on the night — drained her third 3-pointer of the night to make it a two-point game, but Rebecca Martin responded with a jumper with 3:22 left to make it 47-43.

Jamie Harness hit 1 of 2 free throws for Marshall to cut it to three, and Harness later hit 1 of 2 again to make it 47-45. Cotter turned the ball over with under a minute left, but Marshall missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Cotter missed a layup on the other end, grabbed the offensive board, and Marshall forced a jump ball with :18.4 left, gaining possession. The Lady Warriors made the mistake of fouling Harness in the act of shooting a 3-pointer, but she missed all three free throws with :01.4 remaining.

However, after her third miss, Harness grabbed the rebound and was fouled again by Cotter at the buzzer. Harness made her first attempt, but missed the second as Cotter escaped with a conference victory.

Wooten led Cotter with 20 points and Clawson added 10. Harness added seven to Wallace’s game-high total.

Cotter missed its first 11 shots from the field and fell into a 14-0 hole as Wallace tossed in 11 points before the Lady Warriors even got on the board.

Manis scored Cotter’s first basket at the 2:28 mark of the opening quarter to make it 14-2, and after a Marshall free throw, Wooten scored twice to bring the hosts within 15-6.

Cotter pulled within 17-9 on a 3-pointer by Martin to end the first quarter, and Wooten scored to begin the second, bringing the Lady Warriors within six. After 1 of 2 free throws by the Lady Bobcats, Clawson brought Cotter within 18-13. Marshall did not allow Cotter to pull any closer in the first half, pushing its lead to 30-18 by halftime.

The Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Bobcats 8-2 to open the second half, climbing within 32-26 on a basket by Manis. Wallace responded with her second 3-pointer of the night, giving Marshall a nine-point lead.

LADY BOBCATS (4-5, 0-4)

Wallace 23, Harness 7, Ragland 5, Woods 5, Hale 5, Horton 1.

LADY WARRIORS (5-8, 2-3)

Wooten 20, Clawson 10, R.Martin 9, Manis 6, Garay 2.













Bobcats 56,

Warriors 44

Cotter remained within single digits almost the entire game, but the league-leading Bobcats did not allow the Warriors any closer than four in the second half.

Cotter’s Matthew Gorbet has his shot tipped by Marshall’s Bub Deckard during the Warriors’ 56-44 loss to the Bobcats on Monday night.

Cotter’s Matthew Gorbet has his shot tipped by Marshall’s Bub Deckard during the Warriors’ 56-44 loss to the Bobcats on Monday night.

Cotter bolted to an 8-3 lead early in the contest, but Marshall quickly answered, tying the score 8-8 on a trey by Andrew Phillips and going ahead on a basket by Garrett Harris.

The Warriors trailed 15-12 after one quarter, but Marshall upped its lead to double figures at 24-14 early in the second. Cotter trailed 32-24 at the half.

The Warriors pulled as close as five in the third quarter and trailed just 44-37 going into the final frame after a basket by sophomore Landon Martin.

Cotter’s Matthew Gorbet scored to open the fourth, pulling within five, but Marshall quickly pushed the lead back to nine. Martin scored again, and Gorbet produced a traditional 3-point play with 4:28 left to bring the Warriors within 48-44.

The Warriors did not score again, however, and Marshall leading scorer Bryce Nicholson scored the Bobcats’ last eight of the game — six coming at the foul line.

Cotter falls to 2-3 in league play with the loss, while Marshall remains perfect at 4-0. The Bobcats are 5-4 overall, with losses on consecutive nights to Emerson, Drew Central and McGehee on a recent road trip to south Arkansas.

Nicholson led all scorers with 22 points, while Maddux Adams and Gorbet paced Cotter with 12 and 11, respectively.

BOBCATS (5-4, 4-0)

Nicholson 22, Harris 9, Deckard 8, Phillips 8, Jennings 3, Loggins 2, Drennan 2, Ward 2.

WARRIORS (10-5, 2-3)

Adams 12, Gorbet 11, Martin 8, Eaton 5, Burns 4, White 4.













Jr. Lady Bobcats 37,

Jr. Lady Warriors 23

Marshall held Cotter scoreless for the first 6:48 of the junior girls’ contest and rolled to a victory.

The Junior Lady Bobcats led 15-0 after one quarter, and Cotter did not score until Samantha Sanchez’s old-fashioned 3-point play with 5:12 left in the first half.

Jenae Jennings tossed in 14 points to lead Marshall, which led 23-5 at the half and 28-10 after three quarters.

Samantha Sanchez led Cotter with 13 points, while Hailey Saunders added eight, and Jordan Francis and Candy Sanchez chipped in one apiece.

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