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Arcola holds off Georgetown-Ridge Farm Reaches regional championship game for third straight season

CHRISMAN –It was not easy, but Arcola survived and advanced Monday night in the Class 1A Chrisman Regional with a 43-37 victory over Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

Arcola earned a tough 59-53 non-conference win over Neoga February 8 at Neoga on their Senior Night. Before the starting lineups Neoga recognized the two Arcola seniors in Jacey Kessler (daughter of Chris and Amanda Kessler) and Kelsey Moore (daughter of Jeff and Kendall Moore) The two were also honored and received flowers at Cerro Gordo last week.

The Lady Riders improved to 24-5 and the 24 wins in a season is something that has not happened in 30 years. The 1993-94 team, coached by Nancy Stiff, went 24-1.

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KACIE SISK (23), a junior for Arcola, looks to pass the ball outside while being surrounded by defenders from Georgetown-Ridge Farm. Arcola won the game played at Chrisman on Mon., Feb. 12 by a score of 43-37. They will play Salt Fork for the Chrisman Class 1A Regional Championship on Fri., Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Photo by Nancy Rairden.

ARCOLA SENIOR KELSEY MOORE (11) goes in for a layup in the Rider’s first game of the Chrisman Class 1A Regional Tournament. Arcola went on to defeat Georgetown-Ridge Farm 43-37 on Mon., Feb. 12. Arcola advances to the regional championship game on Fri., Feb. 16 where they will play Salt Fork at 7 p.m. at Chrisman. Photo by Nancy Rairden.

The Lady Riders play Salt Fork, a team it beat in the fifth game of the season 39-33. Game time Friday is 7 pm. It is the third straight season Arcola has reached the regional title game and they are hoping the third time’s the charm. Salt Fork is 26-5 and has a 17-game winning streak going.

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