Lady Wildcats win Searcy tennis tournament


By Rick Butler

Special to News-Times

SEARCY - An all-El Dorado girls singles final clinched the team title Saturday for the Lady Wildcats in the Lion Invitational Tennis Tournament.

Macey Barker beat teammate Alexis Downum 8-1 in the final after both advanced with impressive semifinal wins, both over Searcy players.

El Dorado, which returns its entire starting lineup from last season, edged Searcy 19-18, in total points. Conway was third with 15 points; Cabot was fourth with nine and Parkers Chapel and Benton each finished with five.

Barker topped Kamie Provence 8-5 in one semifinal while Downum made quick work of Kathleen Formel in the other.

The Lady Wildcats put themselves in position for the title by earning three crucial points in the consolation bracket. The doubles team of Megan Barker and Abigail Van Sickle won twice and the tandem of Emma Thomas and Shannon Huang won its only match Saturday.

El Dorado’s boys team finished in a four-way tie for fourth with eight points. Conway edged Searcy for the boys title, 17-15, and Parkers Chapel was third with 10.

The Trojans’ Arrington and Thomas Hardy reached the semifinals before falling to a Benton team.

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