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Ava Lady Bears Win Over Forsyth, Cabool

The Ava Lady Bears outscored Forsyth 44-20 in the second half here last Friday night and defeated the Lady Panthers 69-43.

After a slow start that had the Ava girls leading by only two at halftime, the Douglas County girls picked up the pace in the second half to win by a comfortable margin.

Payton Lakey led Ava with 25 points and Jorie Garrett added 21. Bethany Horn had 14 points for Ava.

Caryli Ingles scored 16 for the Lady Panthers who are coached by Ava High School graduate Jimmy Voliva.

Coach Clint Gazette and the Lady Bears traveled to Cabool Monday night and came away with a 61-22 SCA win over the Bulldogs.

Lakey again was Ava’s leading scorer with 23 points, following by Garrett with 11.

Others scoring for Ava were Emily Sterling 8, Bethany Horn 8, Erica Croney 6, Bailey Lee 4 and Morgan Emerich 1.

Sarah Gray led Cabool with six points.

Ava jumped out to a 23-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, then held Cabool to single-digit scoring in each of the final three quarters.

The Lady Bears will be at home tonight (Thursday) in SCA action with the Mtn. View-Liberty Lady Eagles, and will travel to Conway on Thursday night, Jan. 19.

The Ava varsity girls will play in the Reeds Spring tournament Jan. 23-28. That tournament will be seeded later this week.