Yeates has big game to help lead Lady Raiders to winBy CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,
The Benton Academy Lady Raiders brought home a conference win this week after defeating the Porters Chapel Lady Eagles 43-39.
This win lands the Benton girls in the number 4 spot in district.
Coach Ed Waldrup said that before Tuesday night's game, he talked with the girls about what they needed to do to improve their conference ranking.
"We wanted to be in the conference," he said. "We definitely did not want to come in last, so that was on our minds."
Waldrup said that the Lady Raiders started off the first quarter aiming to take the lead, and closed the quarter ahead by a few points.
The Benton girls pushed even harder in the second quarter, adding 11 more points to the board by half time.
While in the locker room during the break, Waldrup said he talked with the girls about reaching their goals, and playing harder in the 3rd quarter.
Despite the pep talk, the Lady Raiders only scored five points in the 3rd quarter, and allowed the Lady Eagles to catch up and even tie the game before the end of the quarter.
Finally the Lady Raiders got their second wind and took control back over the game, scoring 18 points in the 4th quarter, and sealed in the conference win with a score of 43-39.
"It was tied up at one point, but we managed to pull it out, so it was a good win for us," Waldrup said.
This win secured the Lady Raiders at the #4 spot in the district, which is needed to attend the district tournament in a few weeks.
Waldrup made a comment to the Herald recently wishing for a third player to step up and score in the double digits for the Lady Raiders.
That wish was granted in the form of Clara Ann Yeates who stepped up with 10 points for the team behind Jewell Vandevere who led with 14 points, and Gracey Manor with 11.
"We have been needing that third player to step up into double figures for us," he said. "And when that happens you are looking at scoring more points in a game, and that makes a big difference."