Garrett Memorial Christian Lady Saints had two big close battles in tough home losses falling to school rivals' Columbia Christian 43-37 and Saline County 47-40 to wrap up their regular season schedule before heading into the district tournament Feb. 9-10 in El Dorado.

Garrett Memorial Christian Lady Saints had two big close battles in tough home losses falling to school rivals' Columbia Christian 43-37 and Saline County 40-38 to wrap up their regular season schedule before heading into the district tournament Feb. 9-10 in El Dorado.

The Lady Saints will take on Columbia Christian in first round play looking for redemption and avenge their loss on senior night.

LADY SAINTS 40 SALINE COUNTY 47

The Lady Saints had the early spark in the contest, but a late rally in the second half by the visiting Saline County hoop squad soared them to victory over GMCS. For the game, Lady Saints' Hooker led scoring with 12 points draining one trey from behind the arc and Whitley Richards finished with 10 points with two trey's for double-figures. Raleigh Hart followed with eight points, Childress and Melissa Bailey each contributed four points apiece.

 

LADY SAINTS 37, COLUMBIA CHRISTIAN 43

With senior night in the flow on Tuesday night for Garrett Memorial Christian School Lady Saints basketball team welcomed arch-rivals' Columbia Christian Lady Crusaders to the hardwood in a tough battle for varsity girls hoops action.

Seniors' Morgan Hooker, Rayleigh Hart, Clarissa Bailey and Melissa Bailey were the featured hoopsters of the night looking for a key win, but unfortunately the Lady Crusaders prevailed 43-37 in a close encounter.

Lady Saints' Anna Kate Childress with senior Clarissa Bailey had the strong scoring performances of the night to account in double-digits with a productive team effort of senior point guard Hooker, Whitley Richards, Melssia Bailey, Rayleigh Hart, Becca Still, Ashlynn Hart and Raley Sullivan providing multiple minutes and time during action.

In first quarter action, the Lady Saints and the Lady Crusaders matched each other and ended opening period knotted 10-10. Hooker, Childress with the twin sister connection of Clarissa and Melissa Bailey all accounted baskets from the field for scoring against Columbia Christian.

In the second quarter, Richards split at the foul line and added a bucket with Hooker posting a basket and Childress launching an impressive trifecta from downtown behind the arc with a basket allowed the Lady Saints to end first half play leading Columbia Christian, 20-16 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Childress and Clarissa Bailey each provided all the scoring for the Lady Saints with Childress swishing a second 3-pointer of the game, but the Lady Crusader outscored GMCS 16-9 in the quarter. At the end of third, the Lady Saints trailed Columbia Christian, 32-29.

In the final quarter of the game, the Lady Saints fought hard to stay within striking distance but Columbia Christian won the scoring period 11-8 and went onto escape with the five point victory over GMCS. Rayleigh Hart and Ashlynn Hart each split a pair of free-throws, Clarissa Bailey, Richards and Hooker each scored a basket apiece in the finale period of game action.

For the game, Lady Saints' Childress led scoring with 12 points and Clarissa Bailey had 10 points for a duo of double-figures. Hooker posted a strong eight points, Richards added three points, Melissa Bailey had two points and Rayleigh Hart and Ashlynn Hart each chipped in a point apiece.