By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



SLOCUM — The Slocum Lady Mustangs will be saying hello to a familiar playoff opponent — Rivercrest Bogata — Friday night.

Slocum defeated Rivercrest 46-43 last year in the regional seminfinal playoff game. Now the two teams meet again at 8 p.m. Friday at Georgetown High School in the Class A, Division I, Region III finals.

“I think they might want a little revenge,” Slocum head coach Barry Gill said. “But two minutes into the game, neither team will be thinking about last year.”

Friday night’s game will be the first part of the Class A, Division I semi-state tournament. The second game Friday night will be Harper and Falls City with the winners of the two games meeting at 2 p.m.

Saturday at Georgetown High School with the chance to go to the state title game.

The Slocum Lady Mustangs (29-5) survived a scare Tuesday night, defeating North Hopkins 56-49 in overtime. Slocum led by 12 points going into the fourth quarter but North Hopkins rallied to tie the game and go into overtime.

That was when Slocum’s Julie Bowman took over by scoring 12 of her team’s 13 overtime points. Bowman finished with a game-high 23 points.

Rivercrest is very familiar with Bowman as she was the one who took over last year late in the game. Slocum trailed Rivercrest in the fourth quarter but Bowman scored 13 of her 17 points in the final quarter to lead Slocum to victory.

Rivercrest (26-6) did what North Hopkins could not do Tuesday night as the Lady Rebels rallied against a familiar Slocum foe — Lovelady.

Lovelady, which won the District 24-A title with Slocum finishing second, led Rivercrest by seven points with just over five minutes left.

However, Rivercrest held Lovelady scoreless for the rest of the game as the Lady Rebels rallied for a 30-29 win.

“They are a very good basketball team,” Gill said. “They have all five starters returning from last year so they are thinking this is supposed to be their year.”

With Rivercrest playing a team Slocum played three times this season, some similarities could be made for Friday night’s game.

“We are similar to Lovelady defensively so I do not see it being a high scoring game,” Gill said. “I think it is going to be a slow, plotting game.”

Rivercrest is led by a set of twins — Monique and Monica Savage.

Monique Savage — a TABC All-Region player last year — scored 16 points in the win over Lovelady, including scoring the winning basket with 58 seconds left in the game. The post player scored 17 points against Slocum last year.

Monica Savage scored 10 points against Lovelady as the twins combined for 26 of Rivercrest’s 30 points.

“We know we are going to have to deal with an athletic and quick team,” Gill said.

Gill said it would be important for his team to be able to handle what ever kind of defensive pressure Rivercrest brings.

“We have to be able to handle the ball and get into our offensive sets,” Gill said.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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