A valiant comeback effort proved too much for the East Newton Lady Patriots to overcome on Saturday as they fell to Springdale, 48-36, in a third place game of the Neosho Holiday Classic at Neosho Middle School.
After falling behind 14-4 in the second quarter, the Lady Patriots came back to tie the game at 18 on a 3-pointer by Shelbey Thomlinson with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter.
But the comeback bid would fall short as the Lady Bulldogs put together their best offensive quarters in the second half and escaped with the victory.
Haley Heilig had eight points for East Newton while Emily Brummett added two, Aubrey McDermott two, Shelbey Thomlinson seven, Ellie White eight, Whitney Thomlinson five, Sarah Harper two and Kourtney Brewster one.
Karen Perez paced Springdale with 14 points while Taylor McPherson added 10.