BATESVILLE, Ark. (LyonScots.com) – The Cave City offensive attack that consisted of seven three-pointers was enough to open up a small lead at the half and then pull away in the final two periods as the Cavewomen won the girls' championship of the Lyon College-Mark Martin Automotive High School Invitational, 46-31, Saturday night in James C. Becknell Gymnasium.
Leading the way for the Cavewomen was tournament Most Valuable Player Morgan Graddy. The 5-5 senior landed three treys in the first half and finished with five, as she was the title game's high scorer with 16 points.
Other players named to the all-tournament team included Cavewomen Shyanne Price and Jamie Holley, along with Melbourne's Lindsey Wetzel and Kennedy Cooper. Riverview's Erykan Johns was the fifth member of the squad announced at the tournament's conclusion.
While Graddy was leading scoring column for both teams, Cave City's Price was right behind with 13 points. The rest of the scoring was balanced for the Cavewomen, with junior Elizabeth Upton dumping in five, sophomore Gracen Ratliff and senior Morgan Miller each added three points. Junior Abbi Ball, junior Candra Carpenter and Holley each chipped in two apiece.
Cooper, a freshman, paced the Lady Bearkatz, dumping in 14 points. Wetzel, a senior, contributed six, while junior Shelbie Byram dropped in five and freshman Ashton Ford and sophomore Emily Gardner scored three points each.
Cave City took a 12-6 lead after the initial period, but the Lady Bearkatz pulled back to within 20-16 at the break.
But the Cavewomen clamped down defensively in the final two periods, holding Melbourne to a combined 15 points in the second half to take the victory. Cave City had the upper hand of 11-7 scoring in the third and 15-8 in the final stanza to grab the title win.
Lyon College-Mark Martin Automotive
High School Invitational Tournament
2013 All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player
Morgan Graddy Cave City
Shyanne Price Cave City
Jamie Holley Cave City
Lindsey Wetzel Melbourne
Kennedy Cooper Melbourne
Erykan Johns Riverview
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