DREW — For a third straight year, the North Sunflower Academy Lady Rebels will be playing for a district championship.
The Lady Rebels turned in a solid effort here Thursday night against the Delta Academy Raiders as they won 50-39 in the semifinals of the District 2-A Girls Basketball Tournament.
North Sunflower (13-8) will face Humphreys Academy in the title game on Saturday at 4 p.m. NSA won the District 1-A Championship last season after finishing runner-up in the district in 2016.
NSA trailed 31-26 at one point in the third quarter but closed the quarter out with an 11-4 run to take a 37-35 lead heading into the final quarter.
NSA continued its momentum in the fourth quarter particularly by holding Delta to just four points in the final quarter. The Lady Rebels also had a solid performance at the free throw line. NSA, at one point, hit eight free throws in a row in the fourth quarter. They went 11-for-15 at the charity stripe in the last quarter and 18-for-28 for the game.
Arin McIntyre led NSA with 20 points, followed by Jimmie Whatley with 12 points and Olivia Whatley with nine points and Amber Whatley with seven. Out of Jimmie’s 12 points, seven of them came at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
“When they had to come together as a team, they did,” NSA girls basketball head coach Wanda Cummins said. “All the free throws made in the fourth quarter, I’m very proud of that.”
To win a second straight district title, NSA will have to beat a Humphreys Academy team that has won the two previous meetings this year by the scores of 32-29 and 48-41.
“We’ve played twice this year and we lost,” Cummins said. “They were very close games, and it’s whoever is on that night.”