Lady Pioneers win region title

Kingston graduate and North Arkansas College sophomore Hannah Villines led the Lady Pioneers to a 64-48 win over Arkansas State University, Mid-South on Saturday. With the win, the Lady Pioneers captured the Region II title and will host the postseason tournament.

Jeff Brasel/Staff

HARRISON — It was a winner take all game at Pioneer Pavilion at North Arkansas College on Saturday.

The Lady Pioneers could win their game with Arkansas State University, Mid-South and host the Region II tournament. The team could lose the contest and the Lady Greyhounds would host the tournament.

When the game was over the Lady Pioneers finished the contest and claimed a 64-48 win. The victory gives Northark the outright Region II title.

Northark, who is ranked No. 12 in the nation, scored its last 13 points at the free throw line.

The Lady Pioneers had built a large lead, but the team could not stop the Lady Greyhounds in the second half as Mid-South pulled within six points.

Leading 51-42 with 5 minutes left in the game, Northark started its trips to the free throw line.

Maya Hood was the first Lady Pioneer to the free throw line. She hit 3-of-4 from the line in her first two trips.

Grace Coates was the next Lady Pioneer to the line and she added two more points to the Northark lead. Hood toed the line again with 2:29 and after hitting both tosses, the Lady Pioneers were leading 58-42.

Mid-South scored a couple of points before Morgan Clemence made four trips to free throw line. She hit six free throws to set the final score at 64-48.

Northark set the tone early. The Lady Pioneers scored a 17-3 lead at the end of the first period.

Hannah Villines opened the game with two field goals. Hood scored to give the home team a 6-0 lead.

Villines added two more points to the scoreboard before Ashlynn Taylor scored her first basket of the game.

The Villines and Taylor duo teamed up for two more baskets with Taylor draining a trey on her shot.

Coates finished off the 17-3 first quarter lead.

Northark's scoring slowed in the second period. Hood scored six points and Kyra Kahn added two free throws and 3-pointer. Taylor hit a free throw to set the Lady Pioneers ahead 29-10 at halftime.

In the third period, Shelby Roder and Kahn hit key buckets for the Lady Pioneers. The team led 42-29 with 10 minutes left.

Leading Northark in scoring was Villines and Hood with 14 points each. Clemence added 10, Kahn nine, Taylor and Roder six each and Coates five.

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