It was just too much Elauna Eaton.
No matter how hard they tried or whatever they threw at her defensively, the West Memphis Lady Devils just couldn't stop the Nettleton Lady Raiders' standout senior.
Eaton erupted for 13 second-quarter points to break open a tight game and went off for a game-high 31 points by game's end to lead her team to a 67-46 victory over West Memphis on Friday night.
"She's the best we've seen all year," said West Memphis head coach Shelia Burns. "She can score any time she wants to."
The Arkansas Lady Razorback signee, who was miffed two years ago when she was snubbed for Most Valuable Player honors as she led Jonesboro High School to the state championship, took the game over when the second quarter started.
Leading just 13-12 after one stanza, Nettleton simply gave the ball to Eaton to start the second eight minutes and then got out of her way.
Eaton scored the first 11 points for her team in the second quarter and by the time the quarter ended, the Lady Devils (12-4 overall, 2-1 in the 5A-East Conference) found themselves down 29-14 at halftime, and for all practical purposes the game was firmly in hand for the hosts.
"It didn't help us having one of our leading scorers out of the game (Janiya Tucker) with two fouls at that time, but I don't think it would have made much difference," said Burns.
It also didn't help that West Memphis senior guard Aryah Hazley went scoreless through the first half, although she ripped the nets for 15 points in the second half to lead her team in scoring.
Furthermore, the Lady Devils suffered a 1-for-9 shooting effort from the floor in the second quarter.
Although Nettleton's lead never dipped below 12 the rest of the night, every time West Memphis made a move to trim the deficit, Eaton had an answer.
Lady Devil senior Jamee Gholson hit a layup with 1:53 to play in the third quarter to give the visitors a glimmer of hope, trailing only 39-27.
But Eaton immediately answered with a three-point play on the other end.
Nettleton (16-2, 3-0) led 51-31 after three quarters and from there put it in coast mode.
Nettleton hammered West Memphis from the free-throw line, sinking 27 of 32 while the Lady Devils were a dismal 12 of 22.
Nettleton also got the better of the Lady Devils on the boards, outrebounding them 32-22.
Senior center Tiera Bradley added 12 points for the Lady Devils while Tucker managed 9.
Eaton got support from teammates Briley Pena and Travia Woodruff, who scored 14 and 9 points respectively.
The Lady Devils return to action Tuesday night at home against Jonesboro.