The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers broke through in the 5A-East District basketball standings Wednesday night with a low-scoring victory over the winless Wynne Junior Lady ’Jackets in Pioneer Gymnasium.
“We really struggled to score early, though we got a lot of good looks at the basket,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said about the 20-6 decision. “Our defense did a good job all night.”
Wynne led 2-0 after one quarter of play. Batesville led 11-2 and 15-5 at the next quarter breaks.
Eric T. Scott has been appointed sports information director at Lyon College. He started Jan. 3, succeeding Gene McCoy, who resigned to pursue other interests.
Scott comes to Lyon from Bartlesville, Okla., where he was sports information director and assistant womens basketball coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He is also founder and owner of BigUSports.com, a sports-related website that covers small college athletics.
Mitch McKay has been hired as the head coach of Lyon’s mens soccer team, according to a news release from the college.
During the 2010 soccer season, McKay served as the assistant to both the mens and womens teams at Lyon. Each team saw success this past season, with each squad recording the most wins in school history and the women advancing to the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.
A native of Owosso, Mich., McKay attended college at Southern Wesleyan (S.C.), graduating in 2009 with a degree in business administration.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU made no field goals in the final nine minutes of its 56-53 Southeastern Conference victory against Arkansas on Wednesday night. But Tigers Coach Trent Johnson was still quite satisfied with coming away with a second straight league win.
“That’s a good win,” Johnson said. “Like a good team, Arkansas made a run and we kept our poise. We had the opportunity to put them away at the free-throw line, but we didn’t. But it was a good win for us.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock officials say basketball Coach Steve Shields has been suspended by the Sun Belt Conference for one game, and won’t be on the sidelines tonight when the Trojans take on Louisiana-Monroe.
A UALR news release Wednesday said the suspension followed an investigation of a post-game incident at Denver on Jan. 2, when the Trojans lost 72-70 in overtime.
The Wynne-at-Batesville junior high basketball games postponed Monday have been rescheduled for today, announced Batesville Junior Pioneer Coach Kelly Rush.
The eighth-grade games that were part of the original schedule will not be played. The junior girls will lead off the varsity games at 4:30 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — Two games ago, Coach John Pelphrey says he wanted to forget everything identified with how his Arkansas Razorbacks had played.
Now after they beat Tennessee, they have an identity, he said.
Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl and LSU Coach Trent Johnson concur.
Johnson’s Tigers, 9-7, 1-0, host the Razorbacks, 11-3, 1-0, in tonight’s SEC West game at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. Tip-off is 7 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network.
Tonight marks the Hogs’ second true road game. The last one, two games ago, Texas trounced the 79-46 in Austin.
Williams Baptist College softball Coach Eric Newell likes the connections he sees between Lady Eagle and Lady Pioneer softball.
In a ceremony this morning in the lobby of Pioneer Gymnasium, Batesville High School senior Kandess Pftizner signed a letter of intent to play softball while attending the 4-year school in Walnut Ridge.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Cave City Cavemen hit 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to upset the No. 4 team in Class 4A here Tuesday night.
Cave City led Heber Springs 37-36 entering the final frame and used the freebies to pull away for a 51-42 stunner.
It is the first conference loss for the Panthers while the Cavemen improved to 4-2 in the 4A-2.
“It was a really big win for us,” Cave City Coach Jimmy Hodges said. “There were a lot of kids who played well for us and we made big baskets down the stretch when we needed to.”
Snowy weather and road conditions wiped out the schedule of basketball games in the Guard circulation area Monday, and they nearly got all of today’s schedule, too.
The only survivors were Cave City at Heber Springs and Valley View at Melbourne.
The 4A-2 District contests at Heber Springs were moved up a half hour, with the junior girls tipping off at 4:30 p.m. The senior teams are to follow.
The 3A 1-East contests in Melbourne are set to start at the original time.
The junior girls game is set for a 5:30 start. Again, the seniors will follow.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen bounced back from a tough loss to Clinton and defeated the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 46-36 in a Class 4A-2 battle here Friday night.
“I was really proud of the girls. After the Clinton game Monday, the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices had a lot more intensity and it showed up in Friday’s game,” Cave City Coach Russell Fowler said. “I don’t know if it’s a season-high, but we had 23 deflections and 17 steals. The defensive intensity was a lot better as a team. This is a big win for us, and I’m excited about the upcoming games.”
SWIFTON — The Bay Yellowjackets, Class 1A state high school basketball runners-up, remain on top in the George Kell Classic.
Bay, the tournament’s defending champion and the top seed when the 2011 edition began on Jan. 1, won it again with a hard-earned, 51-38 victory over the Southside Southerners here Saturday night.
The victory brought Bay’s record to 21-6 — good for a team that graduated four starters last spring and played without its one returning starter until recently.
However, that kind of success isn’t a surprise.