CALICO ROCK — The Cave City Cavewomen punched their ticket into the finals here Saturday with a 47-28 thrashing of the Salem Lady Greyhounds.
After a close first half — Cave City led 16-15 at halftime — Jessica Hall led a breakaway. The Cavewomen led 34-19 going into the final quarter.
“Defensively, I thought we were where we needed to be,” Cave City Coach Russell Fowler said. “The second half was probably best half of basketball we’ve played in a while.”
SOUTHSIDE — It was a winning basketball weekend in Southside as the home teams went 7-0 against visiting 4A-2 District foes.
The Southside teams got off to a fast start Friday with a 4-0 sweep against Newport.
The Junior Lady Southerners got the ball rolling with a 45-37 victory. Kenzie Batterton led the way with 16 points. Lynsey Ellis chipped in 15.
Nannah Lee scored 22 points for Newport.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A combined 41 points by K.K. Hodges and Lauren Ramsey wasn’t enough as the Lyon College Scots fell to Trevecca Nazarene in a TranSouth Athletic Conference road contest, 75-66.
With a 34-29 lead at halftime, the Trojans came out in the second half, looking to pour on the offense. They scored the first six points of the half to extend their lead to 11.
However, the Scots chipped away, eventually taking a 56-55 lead with seven minutes and 49 seconds to play. Farrah Turner scored the go-ahead bucket.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College mens basketball team was unable to overcome an early deficit Thursday night, suffering their eighth straight loss, 72-65, at the hands of the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans.
The loss drops the Scots’ record to 6-10, and they’re winless in five games against TranSouth Athletic Conference opponents. They will try to break out of the slump at home on Saturday as they host conference opponent Bethel at 4 p.m.
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Thalken scored a career-high 19 points as the Denver Pioneers won its eighth straight game, beating the Arkansas State Red Wolves 74-36 on Thursday night.
Thalken hit all five 3-point attempts for Denver (10-9, 6-0 Sun Belt), whose streak is its longest since a string of 13 victories in a row in 1970-71. The Pioneers are unbeaten in Sun Belt play after six games for the second time, the first since the 2004-05 season.
Brian Stafford added 12 points for Denver, which was 11-for-21 on 3-point tries. He is within four points of 1,000 for his career.
Wintry weather has caused a few changes for the weekend’s “Sports calendar.”
Cedar Ridge will not host White County Central tonight. The schools are considering making up the games Jan. 31, but nothing had been settled at press time.
Stuttgart at Cave City and the Hall of Fame ceremony are scratched with no make-up set for the game. The Hall of Fame ceremony is rescheduled for next Friday when Cave City hosts Newport.
Hillcrest has rescheduled tonight’s games at Norfork for Monday and Concord at Shirley has been reset for Feb. 4.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman Jasmine Lister scored 17 points, including hitting a career-high five 3-pointers, and Stephanie Holzer added 16 points to help Vanderbilt upset No. 23 Arkansas 65-54 on Thursday night.
Lister hit her first five shots, including all four 3s, for the Commodores (13-6, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game tied with the Razorbacks (15-3, 3-3) for fourth place in the conference.
C’eira Ricketts scored a career-high 29 points, including 11 of the team’s final 14 to lead Arkansas. Ashley Daniels added 10 points for the Razorbacks.
JONESBORO (AP) — New Arkansas State football Coach Hugh Freeze has signed five junior-college transfers who will be eligible to play in 2011 for the Red Wolves.
The signees include two offensive linemen — 6-foot-3, 288-pound Garrett Langthorp of Blinn (Texas) and 6-foot-6, 318-pound James Williams of Arizona Western.
A 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle, Ronnell Wright of Butte (Calif.), also signed with the Red Wolves, along with his juco teammate, 6-foot, 232-pound tight end Anthony Kincy.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sam Muldrow may have a found a new role with South Carolina: Late-game, long-range shooting specialist.
For the second straight victory, it was the 6-foot-9 Muldrow’s outside touch that rallied the Gamecocks.
Muldrow scored five of his 20 points in overtime Wednesday night in South Carolina’s 81-74 victory over Arkansas. His long 3-pointer from the left side all but sealed things for the Gamecocks (12-5, 3-1 SEC) who continued their surprise run in the Southeastern Conference.
CALICO ROCK — The Izard County Cougars came up on the low end of a seesaw battle with the Calico Rock Pirates in the Izard County Tournament here Wednesday.
Calico Rock jumped ahead 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. Izard County responded with a 12-5 second quarter and a 10-2 third quarter to go up 31-24 before the Pirates finished with a 10-2 surge and won 34-33.
Dalton Grigg led the Cougars (7-6) with nine points and 10 rebounds. Caleb Cowan and Ryan Walker added eight and seven points, respectively, and they each pulled down five rebounds.
CAVE CITY — The second Caveman Hall of Fame class leans heavily toward baseball, basketball and coaches.
In a ceremony between the Cave City High School varsity basketball games scheduled here Friday night, Jimmy Rodgers, Jim Hansen and Mark Smith will be officially inducted. Sam Beller will also receive the K.O. James Outstanding Service Award.