Columbia Cougars (3-7) at Lyon Scots (2-5), Becknell Gymnasium, 7
The Scots lost at home for the first time this season when the Central Baptist Mustangs collected a 99-76 decision Nov. 24. They’ll try to get back on the winning track tonight against a struggling Cougar squad. Columbia (Mo.) advanced to the national championship game last season and is ranked No. 19, but that ranking came before the 3-7 start. The first regular-season poll is due Saturday.
Chad Thompson (jersey number 23) leads Columbia with an average of 14 points per game.
Batesville and Blytheville split 5A-East District junior high basketball openers Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 31-11. They led 8-0, 15-6 and 26-8 at the quarter breaks.
“We held them scoreless in the first quarter,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We started eighth-grader Hambrick, who played really well. Our defense got us off to a good start and we were able to keep control from there.”
Tess Hurley and Hambrick scored six points each.
SEARCY — The Jonesboro Lady Hurricane held off two Batesville Lady Pioneer charges to take a 50-41, high school basketball victory in the Searcy Bank Classic here Monday.
Jonesboro led 17-11, 29-18 and 37-25 at the quarter breaks.
“Early on, we just gave them too many second scoring opportunities because we’re not aggressive enough on the boards,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “We also had too many unforced turnovers.”
The Lady Pioneers committed 16 turnovers for the game.
BRADFORD — The Midland Mustangs edged the Quitman Bulldogs 69-68 in overtime here Monday night in the first round of the White County Invitational Tournament.
It was 59-59 at the end of regulation and Midland led 67-65 with 20 seconds to play in the overtime period. Jarod Perry blocked a Quitman player’s shot, and after a scramble for a loose ball, Quitman’s Mike Bettis hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game to give the Bulldogs a 1-point edge with four seconds to play.
SPRINGDALE — After suffering their first loss of the season Saturday, the Lyon Pipers added one to the win column here Monday night with a 64-48 win against the Ecclesia Lady Royals in nonconference basketball action.
Despite the 16-point win, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said she wasn’t as happy as she’d hoped.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Tiger Woods Foundation board met as it does every year at Sherwood Country Club. Merchandise was on sale just outside the clubhouse, with large photos of Woods hanging from brick walls.
Everything was in place at his year-end tournament — except for him.
Facing public scrutiny over a car crash that sent him to the hospital and raised questions, speculation and innuendo about how it happened, Woods withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge on Monday, citing injuries. His news conference for this afternoon was canceled.
WALNUT RIDGE — Southside and Hillcrest advanced in the girls bracket of the Williams Baptist College Tournament Saturday.
Southside defeated Sloan-Hendrix 66-27 and Hillcrest edged Hoxie 54-52.
It was the first win for the Lady Southerners, who move to 1-4.
Sami Hallowell paced the squad with 18 points and seven rebounds. Haley Mourer added 10 points and three steals and Maggie Carlile threw in 10 points. Other statistical leaders were Jessica Robertson with five rebounds and three assists, Jordan Hicks with four assists and Alex Burroughs with six rebounds.
Despite not making their first field goal until seven minutes and four seconds into the contest, the No. 14 Columbia Lady Cougars ended the Lyon College Pipers’ 5-game, season-opening winning streak with a 61-57 decision Saturday in nonconference basketball action in Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon (5-1) took the Lady Cougars to the limit in the contest behind junior forward K.K. Hodges’ game-high 19 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Hodges hit seven of 14 from the field, five of six from the free-throw line and grabbed two steals.
JONESBORO (AP) — Carl Richard scored 17 points and Harry Marshall added 12 as Indiana State defeated Arkansas State 77-72 Sunday.
Brant Leitnaker and Jake Kelly each added 11 points for the Sycamores (5-2).
Daniel Bryant led the Red Wolves (3-2) with 23 points.
The Sycamores outshot Arkansas State 51 percent-40 percent and won the rebound battle 42-29.
Indiana State used a 20-9 run to build its advantage to 66-50 with 8:49 to play but then went cold. The Sycamores didn’t hit another field goal until a minute remained. However, they never lost the lead.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Martino Brock scored 21 points and Bryan Sherrer and Tim Williams added 11 apiece as South Alabama rallied back from Arkansas’ furious first-half surge to win 74-61 Sunday.
Bad starts to both halves doomed the Razorbacks (2-4), who have lost three consecutive games to mid-major opponents at home in the last six days.
“Obviously, we’ve got to find a way to get better because it’s been a difficult last week,” said Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey, who coached South Alabama from 2002-07.
The Jaguars (6-2) took a 22-6 lead out of the gate.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Les Miles trotted to the edge of the boisterous student section at Tiger Stadium, pumping his fist in triumph.
LSU’s embattled coach was one week removed and a world away from the Tigers’ late-game debacle at Mississippi.
The Tigers calmly drove 41 yards in 1:08 to set up Josh Jasper’s game-tying 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in regulation, then the kicker made a 36-yarder in overtime to lift No. 17 LSU to a 33-30 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night.
JONESBORO (AP) — Ryan Aplin threw for 240 yards and ran for 122 and two touchdowns to lead Arkansas State to a 30-26 victory over North Texas on Saturday.
Aplin, a redshirt freshman making his third start, scored on runs of 6 and 10 yards and completed 18 of 28 passes as the Red Wolves (3-8, 2-5 Sun Belt) ended a 4-game losing streak. Aplin’s 362 yards of offense are the fifth most in school history and the best ever by a freshman.